Decc Misunderstands The Challenges Facing Oil Users
Check-my-tank, the new App for heating oil users, has today claimed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has fundamentally misunderstood the challenges facing off-grid households with its Buy Early Campaign.
In a joint press announcement, the DECC, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), Consumer Focus and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) – the trade association for the oil distribution industry in the UK – have all suggested to the 1.6 million UK households that rely on domestic oil to heat their homes that they order oil early to avoid seasonal price rises.
Check-my-tank spokesperson Alan Smith says: “Unless money is no object and you have a big enough tank; the issue isn’t about having to fully stock up early in October. It is about making sure you understand your consumption and plan your purchases to try to avoid having to buy heating oil from the middle of December to the middle of February when prices are traditionally at their highest.
“In today’s difficult economic climate, if you can afford to buy 900 litres in early December with a typical usage of 15 litres a day, you should still make it through to mid February. The problem is that most heating oil users simply don’t know how much oil is in their tank or what they use on a daily basis which makes smart buying when prices are lower almost impossible.”
Smith continues: “That’s why we built the Check-my-tank system; to give oil users the information they need to monitor and manage their oil effectively. Domestic oil users want to know that they’re not going to run out of oil when they switch the heating on, and that their supplies are protected against thefts or leaks. And with the uncertainty of oil prices, they want to know they’re using their oil efficiently. The Check-my-tank App delivers a cost-effective and convenient solution to all these concerns.”
The Check-my-tank App monitors usage and show users how much oil they need to order and how long an order plus their current supply is expected to last so that users can decide exactly how much they need and how long it should last. Its in-built safety feature sends real-time alerts if oil levels drop suddenly, helping to identify potential leaks or even oil tank thefts. Its comparison tool also allows users to compare real-time prices for oil suppliers in their area before purchasing - all through the App.
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The Check-my-tank App was developed by Spillsure Limited and launched in July 2012, and manages and monitors domestic oil usage.
Using reliable ultrasonic sensors and mobile phone technology powered by Vodafone, Check-my-tank enables domestic oil users to manage and control oil usage from anywhere in the world using an internet connected smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac.
For more information, visit www.check-my-