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As a local independent domestic heating oil supplier, we deliver home heating oil, as well as agricultural and commercial oil. On time, every time, and always with a smile.

That's because we believe in not just delivering heating oil but building relationships with our customers, taking the time to get to know them and treating...

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As a local independent domestic heating oil supplier, we deliver home heating oil, as well as agricultural and commercial oil. On time, every time, and always with a smile.

That's because we believe in not just delivering heating oil but building relationships with our customers, taking the time to get to know them and treating them like real people. And there's no call centres here!

Tried and trusted heating oil service

Heating oil for your home

At Northern Energy, we’re very proud of the reputation we’ve built with our customers. It’s why, when you use us, you’ll know we’ll be putting you and your needs first, going out of our way to be there for you with personal customer service, competitive heating oil prices and efficient, friendly deliveries – all as standard.

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From taking your order of heating oil to delivering it to your door, we always put you and your needs first.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some questions we get asked the most. If you can't find the answer to yours, simply give us a call.

  • Do I need to be at home when my heating oil is delivered?

    In most cases, no, as long as we can get to your central heating tank you don’t need to be at home when we deliver your home heating oil. However, if you need to know when we’re coming, perhaps to unlock your tank or make sure we can access your property, we can let you know the day before we plan to make a domestic heating oil delivery.

    There’s a choice of ways we can let you know about a forthcoming delivery of heating oil. We can do this by e-mail, send you an SMS text message or even give you a quick call – whichever one suits you best, the choice is yours. All you need to do is let us know so we can contact you in advance.

  • How can I pay for my heating oil?

    As well as knowing when’s a good time to buy your heating oil, it’s also good to know how to pay for it too.

    We offer a choice of different ways to pay for your domestic heating oil. You can choose whichever makes life easiest for you. 

    • By direct debit

    Available to all Premium Package* customers – you can either make a one-off payment for each delivery or spread the cost over interest-free monthly instalments. Plus you can enjoy a 2 pence per litre discount on every delivery, our automatic refilling service, Premium Heating Oil at no additional cost, and emergency boiler breakdown cover.

    • By Debit or Credit Card

    You can pay for your heating oil by debit card or credit card over the phone with no extra charge for doing so. Please call our accounts department on 01423 770 170 to make your payment.

    • By Cheque

    We’re happy to receive your payment by cheque. All we ask is that you make sure that you write your Northern Energy account number on the back. If you’re having trouble locating this, give us a call.

    *Terms and conditions apply

  • How do I check my heating oil level?

    The easiest and most reliable way of checking your domestic heating oil level is to dip a clean stick in to your tank. To avoid contamination make sure you use one that is used solely for your heating oil storage tank. Take the cap off the tank, and put the dipstick right down to the bottom of the tank.  When you take the stick out, the oil will leave a mark, indicating the level of your oil. 

    The least effective and most unreliable ways to check your heating oil level are shining a torch in or tapping the tank. You may prefer a gauge – our OilFox smart monitor is an easy and reliable way to monitor your home heating oil level, with a simple-to-use App on your smartphone and a low level alert to let you know when your heating oil storage tank is getting low. Or you may have a watchman.  

    To be sure though stick with a stick! Just make sure it’s clean and don’t drop it in.

    Whatever method you use, we would always recommend you don’t let your level get too low so as to prevent a delivery stirring up any sediment that may have settled at the bottom of your tank. 


  • Which heating oil do I need?

    There are two type of domestic heating oil to choose from when deciding which heating oil you need:

    • Kerosene heating oil, also known as 28-second burning oil, is primarily used for home heating.
    • Gas oil, also known as 35-second oil or red diesel, is usually used for commercial and agricultural purposes, although a small number of domestic oil central heating boilers do still run on it.

    Both are safe, clean, and efficient. Kerosene heating oil is most commonly used for domestic boilers and it can also be supplied with a heating oil additive (Premium Heating Oil). Premium Heating Oil is slightly higher in price but is more economical, better for your boiler as it burns up to 15% more efficiently, and is more environmentally friendly. It also comes with carbon offsetting, as we automatically off-set your fuel with every order of Premium Heating oil.

    Whatever type of heating oil you need, i.e. whether you use kerosene heating oil or gas oil, depends on the system installed in your house, so it’s important to look at the labels on your central heating oil tank and oil boiler.

    Then there’s HVO (Hydrotreated vegetable Oil), a new renewable fuel and an ideal greener choice, which is a low carbon alternative to traditional home heating oil and made from certified sustainable waste materials. And the good news is we’re looking forward to supplying HVO sometime soon.

    If you’re not sure which type of home heating oil you need, then just give us a call on 01423 770 666 we’ll be happy to help so you can be sure you’re making the right decision. Alternatively, read our heating oil guide for all you need to know.

  • What is Premium Heating Oil?

    Our Premium Heating oil has been specially developed so that we can offer you the benefits of using only the best quality fuel.  Better and more efficient than standard home heating oil, it reduces fuel-related breakdowns and service problems as well as improving oil central heating boiler efficiency. Here are the benefits:

    • Lowers carbon & sludge build-up in your heating oil tank
    • Inhibits deposits forming when heated 
    • Keeps fuel fresher for longer
    • Reduces boiler service problems 
    • Prevents rust inside your oil fired central heating boiler 
    • Produces less harmful CO2 gases
    • Comes with carbon offsetting – we automatically offset your fuel with every order of our Premium Heating Oil.

    So it’s a win, win – saving money, helping the environment, and better for your boiler too! For more information, read our blog on ‘How to reduce your environmental impact and save energy costs with Premium Heating Oil‘.

  • What heating oil tank will I need?

    Domestic tanks for home heating oil can be supplied in a range of shapes and sizes, in plastic and metal, and normally range from holding around 1,000 to 2,500 litres.  There are basically 3 types of heating oil tank available, single-skin, double-skin or integrally bunded. The size of tank required will be determined by its location, space available, and the amount of domestic heating oil you use.  

     An OFTEC registered engineer will be able to advise you on the most appropriate choice of central heating oil tank for your individual circumstances and also whether you need a bunded tank.

    • Single-skinned tanks:

    These have one layer of protection against an oil leak and are normally installed in a secondary type of containment system such as reinforced concrete.

    • Double-skinned tanks

    Also known as twin-walled tanks, these have two protective layers that protect against leaks. These also should have a secondary containment system.

    • Integral bunded tanks

    These offer the best protection against leaks as the heating oil is contained in an inner tank and the outer tank acts as protection, holding 110% of the inner tank’s capacity and fittings.  A bunded heating oil tank also offers additional benefits such as protection of the inner tank from the weather and the elements.

    Building regulations now advise that all new heating oil tanks installed are bunded, and we would recommend you use an OFTEC registered engineer to install a new or replacement tank. You may also want to fit a heating oil tank gauge to help you monitor the amount of domestic heating oil in your tank.

    Please also remember that underground tanks need to be professionally made for the job and can require planning permission.

Thinking about the future of renewable fuels

At Northern Energy, we're always looking to the future and how we can offer our customers more environmetally-friendly options to heat their homes. 

Well, the good news is that renewable fuels are on their way with HVO, a renewable fuel for homes and businesses currently using traditional heating oil, and rDME and BioLPG, both of which are renewable gases.