Rural home owners will be hundreds of pounds better off this year being off-grid despite plans to outlaw the use of oil to heat homes not connected to the gas network. Users of heating oil have been hardest hit by the energy crisis since it began. However, a more stable price for oil-based fuel and rising gas prices means rural homeowners will save more than £500 this year compared to those on fixed-price energy tariffs. More than 280,000 homes use oil tanks to heat their homes, most of them located in the countryside. Over the past three months families in these properties have paid up to £100 more for their energy compared to those on the gas network. This is because their heating bills have not been protected by an energy price cap, which limits how much suppliers can charge customers for gas and electricity. However, rural homeowners will end up paying more than £500 less on bills than homes on mainstream fixed-price energy tariffs, Telegraph Money analysis has shown. Even those under the price cap, which will rise twice this year, will pay more then those off-grid.
Telegraph 23rd Jan 2022 read more »