Home Heating Oil

Around 68 per cent of households in Northern Ireland use home heating oil to heat their homes.

See our 'Switch On - Home Heating Oil' guide for all the information you need to know about home heating oil.

What affects the price of Home Heating Oil?

The home heating oil (HHO) industry in NI is not regulated and there are no statutory powers to oversee and influence the price that consumers pay.  HHO prices vary depending on market conditions. This includes changes to the price of crude oil, the cost to refine the product, the cost of marketing and distribution, the profits of refiners and wholesalers, the time of year (the price can be more expensive in the winter as demand is high during cold weather) and competition from suppliers across the region. There are currently around 270 suppliers in NI. Prices are quoted per litre of oil.

The graph below shows that home heating oil prices in Northern Ireland tend to be higher during winter, so it may be best to stock up on oil before the winter period.

What does the Consumer Council do in relation to HHO?

NI Oil Federation Customer Charter logo Northern Ireland Oil Federation Customer Charter

The Consumer Council has worked with the Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) to develop its Customer Charter.  This sets out minimum standards of service for consumers who purchase oil from an NIOF member and includes the following areas:

  • Customer care and complaint procedures;
  • Payment Options;
  • Using energy efficiently; and
  • Special advice for vulnerable consumers.
     

The NIOF Customer Charter is available on the NIOF website at www.nioil.com

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by a Northern Ireland Oil Federation oil supplier, you should contact NIOF on 0845 600 2105 in the first instance with details of your complaint. If you are unhappy with its response, contact the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 and we will investigate your complaint for you.

Northern Ireland Oil Federation
Tel: 0845 600 2105
Fax: 028 9182 0625
Email: david@nioil.com
 

Consumer Council Home Heating Oil Survey

Are you paying the right price to fill your oil tank? Every week we contact HHO suppliers from across Northern Ireland to bring you the cheapest, dearest and average home heating oil prices. Consumers can use this information as a benchmark to see how much the average cost of oil is in their region..

Not every town or supplier is represented but we hope this information gives you an idea of what you could be paying, helps you shop around and get a better deal.

Table 1 shows the cheapest, dearest and average price for 300, 500 and 900 litres of oil based on our survey.

Table 2 shows the average price for 300, 500 and 900 litres of oil in selected areas.
 

18th December 2014

Table 1

 

300 Litres

500 Litres

900 Litres

Average NI Price

£147.44

£219.19 £379.33

Cheapest for Northern Ireland

£125.00 £206.00 £362.00

Most Expensive

£176.31 £251.84 £415.04


Table 2

Area

Average 300 Litres

Average 500 Litres

Average 900 Litres

Antrim

£176.31

£235.92 £399.03

Ards

£165.66 £235.92 £400.02

Armagh

£143.25 £216.70 £374.46

Ballymena

£140.00 £211.50 £368.50

Ballymoney

£135.00 £215.00 £380.00

Banbridge

£145.00 £219.00 £379.00

Belfast

£142.00 £215.16

£374.52

Carrickfergus

£155.45 £217.50 £381.46

Castlereagh

£141.28 £213.00 £371.50

Coleraine

£149.00 £216.59 £373.81

Cookstown

£140.00 £214.00 £374.00

Craigavon

£146.25 £214.61 £374.65

Derry

£135.00 £212.50 £370.50

Downpatrick

£145.06 £224.18 £394.07

Dungannon

£145.00 £221.00 £376.00

Fermanagh

£158.16 £233.42

£395.02

Larne

£137.50 £209.21 £364.30

Limavady

£129.00 £209.00 £372.00

Lisburn

£145.00 £217.00 £376.00

Magherafelt

£140.00 £215.00 £375.00

Moyle

£137.50 £209.21 £364.30

Newry and Mourne

£145.00 £219.00 £379.00

Newtownabbey

£155.89 £212.00 £370.46

North Down

£150.81 £224.84 £385.00

Omagh

£162.66 £238.01 £399.58

Strabane

£147.00 £221.59 £381.56

Internet

£144.95 £212.76 £375.12