With rising energy prices and potential shortages having been much talked about topics in the media recently, as your domestic LPG supplier we wanted to take the time to reassure all our valued LPG customers that the mains gas energy price cap rise which is on the way does not relate to the supply of LPG.
Let's look at this upcoming energy price cap rise, due to come into effect from 1st April. This energy price cap rise has been set by OFGEM, The Office of Gas and Electricity, which regulates the companies that run the natural gas and electricity networks. You'll be pleased to know that the LPG market isn't regulated by OFGEM, but by Liquid Gas UK, the official UK trade association for LPG and BioLPG in the UK (more about BioLPG later).
This means that OFGEM's actions, and headlines about yearly energy bills being expected to jump up by huge amounts for millions of people across the country, don't affect the price of your LPG.
With ever more worrying and distressing news about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, expectation from consumers is that the sanctions on Russia will result in rising energy bills, especially as Russia supplies 35% of Europe's natural gas, and a key pipeline passes through Ukraine itself. This fact might indeed by true for Europe, but according to GOV.UK, unlike other countries in Europe, the UK itself is no way dependent on Russian gas supply. In fact, imports from Russia made up less than 4% of total UK gas supply in 2021.
You might have also seen reports of difficulties faced by some on-grid natural gas suppliers. As we supply LPG, (otherwise known as liquid propane gas), not natural gas, these don't apply to us here at Northern Energy.
Of course, it's always worth trying to bring down your energy bills as much as possible by applying some simple energy saving measures. Easy to apply small changes can add up to make a big difference. For example, don't leave appliances on standby, draught-proof gaps, always turn off lights and wash your clothes at 30 degrees. Also, try to stop or cut down use of your tumble dryer, only spend 4 minutes in the shower, and swop one bath a week for a shower. In your kitchen, you can save energy by not overfilling your kettle, fitting an aerator onto your kitchen tap to reduce the amount of water coming out, and making sure you fill your dishwasher. And if you have a hot water cylinder, give it extra insulation. Would you believe if you just did these small energy saving things, you could save an estimated £356 a year. That's almost £1 a day!
Rest assured, no matter what the future holds, we're here for you. This year we're celebrating our 90th anniversary and safe to say after many years of supplying LPG, we've seen a lot of changes in our industry, as well as ups and downs with regards to energy availability and prices. One thing that has never changed though is our commitment to giving our customers the best value for money backed by a level of service others can't match. Don't just take our word for it - we’ve just won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award for the second year running so click here to take a look at what our customers say about us for yourself.
A great example of how we provide the best service and value possible is our LPG Package*. Customers on this package receive their deliveries VAT paid so they don't have to pay the VAT on their fuel. They can also spread the cost of their LPG over monthly interest-free payments to make budgeting easier, as well as avoid big bills over the winter period. If you'd like to know more, click here or call us today on 01423 772 789.
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