Choosing the Best Heating Fuel

UK consumers are wary of spending more than they need to on home heating fuel. And why shouldn't they be? The cost of fuel continues to rise with each passing season. Making the most of a limited budget means spending money wisely in every area, including the choice of the best heating fuel for homes.mumThere are five common heating fuel choices in the UK:

  1. Oil
  2. Electricity
  3. Natural gas
  4. Coal and similar solid fuels
  5. Wood and other biomass fuels
Each consumer must base his or her choice on a number of factors including budget and the local availability of different fuels. If you have only one or two choices in your area, there might not be too much to be concerned with. But where there are lots of choices, there are some important things to think about.

What You Need to Consider

There are three primary things you need to consider when choosing home heating fuel. The first is cost. Because natural gas is the most commonly used heating fuel in the UK, it is also the least expensive. Wide distribution and availability have helped natural gas prices remain very affordable.Oil is slightly more expensive than natural gas, so it's often an option where gas isn't available. Electric, coal and wood heating can be more expensive depending on supply and demand. However, don't forget the Economy 7 and 10 tariffs for electrical consumption. Both of these tariffs will affect how much you pay for electricity.The second thing to consider is availability. For example, municipal heat won't be available in rural areas. Some of those same areas may also not have access to natural gas. You'll then be left to choose from other options like oil, solid fuels and biomass. A home heating system powered by oil might be the best for you if you live in a rural area, provided you have an energy-efficient system and access to a local supplier.Finally, UK consumers need to consider the idea of environmental friendliness. All fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases that escape directly into the environment. Some biomass and solid fuels, like wood and coal, also contribute to emissions. Your choice of home heating fuels will directly affect how much you contribute to the total carbon footprint of the UK. If this is important to you, choose wisely.There is plenty of information available online should you need help in determining the best heating fuel for your home. Once you make your decision, rest assured you won't be locked in for life. You can always change your mind at some point in the future.  If you are thinking of moving energy supplier, why not give us a call on 01423 770 666 and see how we may be able to help.