Sunday 22 October 2017

Oil users told to shop around to heat homes

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to cast their net a bit wider when stocking up on home heating oil this autumn.

A survey by the National Consumers Agency (NCA), reveals price variations of more than €70 between suppliers and it is advising consumers to get other quotes to get the best deal.

The telephone survey of 134 home heating oil suppliers across the country on September 3 found that the average price for 1,000 litres of kerosene was €670.

The highest average prices were recorded in Ennis, Co Clare, at €696, with the lowest average prices found in Drogheda, Co Louth, at €655.

The lowest individual price quoted was in Sligo and north Co Galway at €640, while the most expensive quote was given by a supplier in south Dublin at €720.

NCA policy and research director Maria Hurley said the survey "shows consumers can make savings on their home heating costs with just a couple of phone calls.

"These results are good news for consumers who are concerned about the rising cost of home heating oil."

The report is available on www.consumerconnect.ie.

Irish Independent

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