The Big Freeze... The Big Squeeze...

 20th Feb 2012

Cold Winter WeatherWhilst England was experience the big freeze most of us were left feeling the big squeeze paying the home heating oil bill.

Recent research shows that the biggest worry we face is our energy bills, with more than half of those interviewed stating that heating costs causes more frustration than the mortgage or other household expenses such as the weekly shop.

Although we are currently experiencing milder weather according to the Met Office, the frost, sleet, snow and ice is set to make a comeback and stay with us until early March. The Met Office stated “Temperatures are probably going to be below average for this time of year, particularly in the south-east. Overnight frosts are still likely almost anywhere, especially during any quieter interludes. Showers and longer spells of rain are possible, with an ongoing risk of snow, mainly in the north and east."

Last week saw this winters coldest temperatures in the UK so far, with a low of -17.8oC in Chesham, Buckinghamshire which caused havoc on the roads due to black ice. Don’t be fooled by the seesawing weather; we may be seeing a mild half-term but by the end of the week the icy cold nights will return.

Here are some of our hot tips to keep you out of the cold:

  • Check For Leaks ­ can you see staining around the base of your tank?
  • Check your sight gauge watchman device ­ is it working properly?
  • Keep your tank topped up ­ prevent water build up in your tank by filling up when you order. You will also benefit from a better price for orders of 900 litres and above.
  • Spread your heating costs over the year ­ if you’re finding it hard to keep on top of the heating bills ask WP group about their Budget heating plan.

To find out more about WP Heating, please phone the Heating team on 0800 980 6174 or email


Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

Wessex House
Cadland Road
SO45 3NY
Telephone: 023 8089 7841
Freefone: 0800 980 6172
Fax: 023 8089 8876

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