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Stock up on LP gas early this winter

Cold weather increases the demand for Liquid Petroleum (LP) gas - an energy that provides householders with all the advantages of mains gas when not connected to the gas network. LP gas currently provides heat and hot water to over 150,000 homes and businesses in the UK and is usually delivered via road tanker to an individual bulk tank.

As winter arrives, demand for LP gas increases at a time when the onset of bad weather can materialise quickly and disrupt deliveries. Going into winter with a full tank of LP gas ensures that householders and business can access the fuel and heat they need, regardless of any external weather conditions and issues with supply.

UKLPG, the trade association, urges LP Gas users, particularly in rural areas, to stock up early this winter while suppliers have spare delivery capacity and weather conditions are favourable.

Rob Shuttleworth, UKLPG CEO, comments: "Although the LP Gas industry understands the significance of making deliveries, the UK is consistently experiencing harsher and more unpredictable winters that can make the logistics of delivering gas to rural areas incredibly difficult. It is therefore imperative that you stock up on LP Gas now so that you are prepared."

Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, welcomed UKLPG's message to plan ahead for winter. He comments: "The message is simple: stock up on LP Gas before the winter leaves you out in the cold. By delaying ordering LP Gas you risk longer delivery times if the cold weather increases demand, particularly in remote and rural parts of the country."

LP Gas offers rural customers a heating solution that is the closest option to mains gas supply. It burns clean with virtually no soot or sulphur emissions. There are over a million homes in rural areas that are off the mains gas in the UK and therefore depend on deliveries of fuel to keep their properties heated.

More information

  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LP Gas, is a derivative of two large energy industries: natural gas processing and crude oil refining. It is used across the world as a source of energy for heating, cooking and vehicles.
  • LP Gas can be transported, stored, and used virtually anywhere in the world. It does not require a fixed network and will not deteriorate over time.
  • It is very clean burning and has lower greenhouse gas emissions than any other fossil fuel when measured on a total fuel cycle.

The LP Gas industry works closely with Government, devolved administrations, and local authorities in winter to try and ensure essential deliveries get through. Both the UK and Scottish governments publish advice on winter preparedness and we would recommend all customers living in rural areas where the effects of bad weather are most accute should familiarise themselves with the advice provided.

Blog content has been provided by UKLPG, find out more information on preparing for winter.

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