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5 reasons to switch from oil to gas

A couple cooking together on a LPG powered stove
Moving house can be a tricky time, especially if you’re making the move from the city to the countryside. Between unpacking, getting your bearings in your new home and making those initial tweaks to make it feel homely, navigating your new heating system can be the least of your worries. 
However, making sure your home energy is as efficient and hassle free as possible from the outset can save issues later down the line. The same goes for those who are more used to living off-grid. 

Rural homes have traditionally relied on oil to power their heating and for those who may be new to rural living, this can seem like a big change. But with a range of newer, more environmentally friendly options on the market, like LPG and BioLPG, it’s actually easier to switch from oil to gas than you might think. So, whether you’re new to rural home energy, or you’re just looking to make the transition to something that’s kinder to the environment, we’re sharing our top 5 reasons to switch from oil to LPG.

A more sustainable fuel 

Oil has been commonplace in rural homes for decades but as homeowners  increasingly look to reduce their carbon emissions, options like LPG or BioLPG can offer a great alternative. 

Switching from an oil to an LPG boiler can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 16% compared to oil*. For even more of a reduction, BioLPG is another option. Made from a blend of waste, residues and sustainably sourced materials BioLPG is chemically identical to LPG, meaning it be used in exactly the same way as LPG and with all the same appliances. Best of all, it can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 38%** compared to oil and 15% compared to standard LPG**.

It's versatile

Oil has primarily been used to power central heating systems meaning you’ll often need an additional fuel source for things like cooking. When it comes to choosing between LPG or oil heating, opting for gas can be a more versatile choice. LPG and BioLPG can be used for everything from your heating and hot water, through to cooking. When it comes to heating, you can even use LPG to power your gas fire and if you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool at your property, it can heat that too, so it really can do it all!

Less to maintain 

Unlike oil boilers which can produce a lot of soot and ash, LPG boilers are usually easier to maintain than their oil equivalents meaning that the maintenance costs related to changing from oil to gas can be lower.  Importantly, as with oil boilers, it’s crucial to keep on top of your boiler maintenance and ensure that you have your boiler regularly serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer, which means you’ll be able to catch any potential issues before they arise, saving you money in the long-run. 

Easy to install 

If you’re thinking of switching, you needn’t worry about having to replace your entire heating system as LPG boilers can be fitted into existing oil-run systems. It’s simple to find an installer too thanks to Calor’s handy  LPG Boiler Installer tool which will point you in the direction of local, Gas Safe registered engineers near you.

Convenience of auto-ordering 

One of the downsides of oil is having to arrange deliveries when your levels get low. Switching to Calor for your LPG means that you’ll also be able to enjoy all the convenience of auto-ordering technology. When your tank is installed, it is fitted with a gauge which continuously monitors your energy usage and lets Calor know when you’re running low on fuel. Calor will then schedule your next delivery so it’s one less thing for you to worry about!

So, whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon emissions or want a fuel that can cover everything from cooking, to powering your gas fire, switching to LPG or BioLPG could be a great option. Thanks to Calor’s hassle-free switching process, switching can be done in a few simple steps. To discuss switching to LPG, get in touch with one of the Calor team by calling 0808 271 3929 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or request a call back by leaving your details in the form here: www.calor.co.uk/home-energy/using-lpg/lpg-switch-enquiry

* https://www.calor.co.uk/lpg 

** https://www.calor.co.uk/biolpg