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Gas Oil Duty Changes


In March 2021, the UK Government announced gas oil duty changes, which mean that as of the 1st April 2022 the rules on the tax relief of red diesel are changing.


The revision to the current taxation means that many sectors that use red diesel will no longer receive tax relief and will be required to switch to an alternative fuel such as white diesel (DERV), or a greener product in HVO30. Organisations previously using red diesel for commercial heating will also have the option of Prem35.


What is changing with the gas oil duty changes?

As of the 1st April 2022, many sectors will now need to use an alternative to red diesel, as they are now being forced to use a different fuel that is taxed at the standard rate for white diesel.

The laws are changing as part of the UK Governments push to achieve a net zero emissions target by 2050. The changes are to encourage the development and usage of cleaner, more sustainable fuels and while this is a positive environmental step it does present a challenge to a wide range of sectors and businesses.

Many businesses may have assessed their usage and planned their transition to an alternative following the gas oil duty changes, but we are aware that there are others that are unsure of whether they remain exempt or not and what the financial implications are to their business in having to switch from red to white diesel.


Who will be affected by the changes?

We here to help shed light on some of the grey areas surrounding the upcoming changes. If you currently use red diesel in machinery, generators or for heating purposes in the following sectors you will be affected by the changes.

  • Construction, mining, and quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Plant hire, transportation/ logistics, waste management
  • Highway maintenance
  • Airport activities
  • Ports and harbor activities

From the 1st April 2022 we will only be able to supply red diesel to your business if that application is for the sole purpose of the following

  • Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and fishing
  • Flood and snow clearance including gritters
  • Propulsion of passenger, freight, and maintenance vehicles on rails
  • Propulsion of commercial boats including passenger ferries and water freight
  • The powering of machinery (including caravans) of travelling fairs and circuses
  • Non-commercial heating in homes, places of worship, NHS hospitals, townhalls and permanently moored houseboats
  • Amateur sports clubs and community sports centres, golf courses (including activities such as ground maintenance, and the heating and lighting of clubhouses, changing rooms etc.)

Over the upcoming weeks and months will be publishing more information on the changes but for a full list of sectors and exemptions of use for red diesel you can check on the website or check with HMRC to confirm your exemption status.


Changing to an alternative – what does that mean?

Red diesel is currently used by a number of industries in machinery and equipment, and it makes up for around 15% of the diesel that is used in the UK. However, users currently only have to pay 11.14p per litre as a duty rate in contrast to the 57.95 ppl for white diesel. This means that these sectors are going to miss out on making a saving of 81% when they make the switch. For those sectors that are going to need to make the switch to white diesel then they are clearly going to miss out on savings.


Failing to comply with the regulatory changes can result in heavy fines. It is therefore recommended that your business starts to plan for the transition if you are going to be affected. Here a just a few things to consider:

  • If you stock red diesel for an application that will be affected by the changes you will need to run the stock down before the 1st April deadline. There is no grace period after this date.
  • Retain proof of purchase for red diesel to prove that you have not stockpiled red diesel for the intended use after the 1st April
  • You may require an additional tank to store white diesel and avoid cross contamination of red and white diesel products
  • If you intend to use the same tank for storing white diesel that once held red diesel, you may be required to flush the tank and supply lines before the 1st April
  • Check the condition and security of your tanks. Many businesses are targeted for their fuel and fuel theft is expected to increase as more switch from red to white products.
  • Fuel usage and efficiency can be monitored by using a telemetry device. We can provide the latest radar unit technology to monitor tank levels and set up alerts when running low. This can also help alert you of leaks or theft too

We do offer and can assist in the clearing of tanks and lines if this is something you feel you may need assistance with.


What are the alternatives following the gas oil duty change?

Once you have assessed whether your business will be affected now is the time to start planning the switch to an alternative. We have a wide range of products that are suitable replacements:

  • Standard White Diesel (Derv)
  • HVO30 – A blended drop-in replacement consisting of 30% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and white diesel offering a cleaner alternative
  • Prem35 – an efficient replacement fuel for commercial heating applications in boilers or burners. Prem35 is a cost-effective alternative

Please call your local depot and speak to one of our experts for more information on any of the alternative products. We are here to help you and your business manage the transition if required.


More information

Gov UK – Reform of red diesel and other rebated fuels entitlement

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Priority Club: Heating oil smart monitor


Join our club and get a free heating oil smart monitor

We all live in a fast-paced world and much of our lives is automated, providing efficiency, peace of mind and simplicity. When it comes to heating oil, it’s something that you take for granted but when it runs out, you soon realise how much you rely on it. Whether it’s in a domestic setting, a commercial setting, agricultural or retail, when you run out of heating oil, you soon understand the problems that you face but this doesn’t have to be the case with a free heating oil smart monitor.


How Can You Avoid Running Out Of Heating Oil? 

We invest in technology that improves and enhances the way that people use oil. We understand that running out of oil is an inconvenience but we believe that making life simple is key.

Running out of heating oil during the dark depths of winter, or in fact, at any time of year can be upsetting. With our priority account, you can change all of that. Through a priority account, you can transform how you use oil with an Oil Fox tank monitor. It gives you the ability to remotely check your tank levels and it removes the need for active management, similar to being on main gas, as we take care of topping up your tank when it needs it.

Ultimately, it’s about ensuring that your system can keep up with demand. Without oil, it cannot do that but that’s where we are on hand to ensure that we continue to keep you well-supplied with oil when you need it. An oil tank monitor allows you and us to accurately and efficiently monitor your tank levels without the need to look at your tank. We never want customers to run out and that’s why our priority account is designed to help meet demand, allowing us to efficiency schedule oil drops when we’re in the area.

OilFox heating oil tank smart monitors can connect to both mobile signal towers and WiFi to ensure that daily usage readings are sent to your app. The app can then provide you with an overview of you current tank level and consumption rate over time. To ensure that your OilFox unit remains active, there is a requirement for an on-going data subscription. This is similar in many ways to data subscription charges for mobile phones, however the cost is significant lower, at just 20p per day which equates to £6 per month. This cost is factored into your monthly direct debit arrangement, so there is no need to make any additional payment to us and your direct debit covers the cost of your fuel throughout the year along with the data connectivity charge.


Managing oil levels 

If you have been managing your oils levels yourself then you’re probably aware of how important it is to keep on top of them. We have a team of experts and the right technology that works to identify when your levels are running low. An oil tank sensor enables you to take a hands-off approach, and that means that you will never run out of fuel again.

Smart monitors are a technology of the future but we believe that our customers have the right to adopt this technology today. What’s more, our priority account offers you much more than just our Oil Fox smart oil monitor. You will benefit from oil when you need it but you can also benefit from cost savings because due to efficient routing with Eco deliveries. Overall, the future of monitoring your oil levels is changing and we’re there leading from the front.


Take the hassle out of ordering heating oil

If you are someone who actively monitors your own oil tank levels then there is every chance that you have been faced with situations where you have either run out or come close. This is a situation that can be avoided with ease because an oil tank monitor can transform the way you manage your oil levels.

Using state of the art technology, we will remotely monitor your fuel tank level. We’ll set up alerts to our depots when your level is getting low, allowing us to route a load to your tank when it’s required.


How’s does it work?

  1. Join our priority club, just fill out a quick form 
  2. Get a FREE smart monitor for your oil tank
  3. Once activated, download the app to your smart phone
  4. Get piece of mind that we’re monitoring your tank and will re-fill it before you run out

Get a free smart monitor


As well as having the guarantee to never be left without oil in your tank, when you sign up to the priority club, you will receive a free tank telemetry unit, worth over £180. The unit will be professionally installed by our in house installation team, meaning you have the peace of mind your device is set up correctly.

To make payments simple, you pay for your fuel with direct debit payments and have access to your digital consumption chart, through the use of the mobile phone app.


Priority club cost savings

Not only do you get all of these great benefits, but you will also get the cost savings passed onto you directly, through our Eco deliveries, avoiding demand inflated or surge pricing.


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How to monitor your home heating oil tank levels


So, you’ve got your heating oil sorted and you’ve checked your tank for any problems – all’s good. How are you monitoring your oil level though and do you know when you’re getting low? There are customers out there that still use an old stick to dunk in their oil tank; is that you? Some may have a monitor but it’s old and broken. Is it really worth the stress and the risk when it’s so easy to track your oil levels nowadays? To help you decide which option is best for you, we discuss home heating oil tank gauges for sale in our latest blog…


Mechanical Home Heating Oil Gauge

The original way to monitor your home heating oil levels; the mechanical home heating oil gauge. This consists of a small container that floats on top of the oil inside your tank. A cord is  attached from the float to a gauge that screws on to the top of your tank, which shows you the amount of oil you have left.


  • It’s cheap and quick
  • It’s tried and tested


  • There’s a chance the cord or gauge could get damaged over time
  • You have to physically walk to your tank to read the level on the gauge


Sonar Home Heating Oil Gauge

Just like a bat, this new version of the heating oil gauge features sonic waves. A sonar home heating oil gauge sends out signals that ping off a surface to work out how far away something is; the monitor works out how much oil you have left and then talks to a device, which then links up to a ‘contraption’ in your home.


  • You get an instant answer
  • Don’t have to go outside


  • More expensive
  • Signal may not be good if it’s too far away from your house


Home Heating Oil App

Following on from the sonar devices, did you know you can now get an app so you can monitor your heating oil level whether you’re at work, at the supermarket or even on holiday?

Join our club and get a free heating oil smart monitor

Smart monitors are a technology of the future but we believe that our customers have the right to adopt this technology today. What’s more, our priority account offers you much more than just our Oil Fox smart oil monitor. You will benefit from oil when you need it but you can also benefit from savings because of Eco deliveries. Overall, the future of monitoring your oil levels is changing and we’re there leading from the front.

Get a free smart monitor


The Watchman Anywhere is a remote oil level monitoring device that allows you to keep track of your heating oil levels using any mobile or web-enabled device; via your iPhone or Android App, email or text. Watch their handy video to find out the best place to attach the monitoring device for best results.


  • Quite simple to set up
  • You can get weekly updates emailed to you
  • Peace of mind – perfect if you have a busy/hectic life and/or work away
  • Good if you rent your home – it’ll prevent any stressful and expensive call-outs from tenants!


  • Quite expensive
  • May be a bit overwhelming if you’re not used to technology and using apps
  • Only suitable to tanks installed above the ground as there needs to be a GSM or GPRS signal in the area for the built-in sim card to transmit a signal


Getting Home Heating Oil Tank Gauge

We definitely recommend getting a gauge for your home heating oil tank; which one you choose is up to you and your needs/requirements. Remove the stress and monitor your home heating oil level so that never run out of oil again. Why not get a free, instant home heating oil quote whilst you think about it too!

*Please note – we have not tested, therefore do not endorse any of the products mentioned in this blog.



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Heating oil theft prevention


Tips for heating oil tank security

Heating oil, thieves will usually pump oil from your tank into other containers. Thieves might use this oil themselves, or sell it on. There have even been reports of criminals selling stolen oil back to the victim.

Data from police forces across England suggests heating oil theft is most prevalent in the first three months of the year when tanks are likely to be full and the days are short. However, thefts occur year-round, so it pays to be vigilant at all times.



Keep your tank out of sight

If installing a new tank, you should consider the placement very carefully. Ideally, your tank should not be visible from the road outside your home and should not be placed near any external gates or doors. If possible, install your tank in an area that can easily be seen from your home, so you can keep an eye on it. You could hide the tank in a number of ways.



Add extra security

Fit a sturdy lock to the fill cap of your tank (and also the vent cap, if possible), and consider installing a security cage or protective casing to your tank and any exposed pipes. Ideally, any casing should be locked with a shackle padlock, which can’t be easily broken with bolt croppers.



Install security lights

Install a movement-sensing security light to alert you to any late-night visitors. A set of strong flood lights would also make a thief think twice about targeting your tank.




The cost of CCTV systems has dropped over the past few years, making basic packages more affordable. If you decide to install a system, you should also place a ‘CCTV’ sign on your gate to let any potential thieves know that you are taking measures to protect your heating oil.



Use signs

A much cheaper alternative to CCTV is to place a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign on your garden gate. Thieves tend to avoid houses that have dogs, as they may bark and attract attention during a theft.



Lock it down

Generally, you should always make sure that any access points to your garden (such as gates, doors or garages) are securely locked when not in use.



Fix your fences

If there is a hole in your fence, thieves may be able to gain access through it. Make sure that all of your fences are in good condition and replace any low fences with higher versions, to prevent your tank from being seen by passers-by. You should also avoid placing wheelie bins by your fence, as thieves may use these to climb into your garden.



Neighbourhood watch

If you are going on holiday, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your oil tank and report any suspicious activity.



Turn it off

When your tank is not in use (i.e. during summer or when you are away) turn off your boiler and secure any control switches, as this will make it harder for thieves to get oil out of the tank.



Monitor your tank

If you have a good idea of how much heating oil you have and how much heating oil you tend to use, it will be easier to tell if there is a sudden drop in levels.



Install an alarm

Fit an audible tank alarm which will let you know if your oil levels drop suddenly due to a theft or leak.



Add insurance

As with any valuable item, you should check that your heating oil supply and tank are covered by your home insurance.



Reporting a heating oil theft that has already occurred

If you discover that a heating oil theft has already occurred, you should call the non-emergency 101 police number and report the crime immediately.

Make sure to save any relevant CCTV recordings and pass on any other pertinent information to the police. Once you have a crime number, you should get in touch with your insurance provider.

If a thief successfully steals from your heating oil tank, it’s important that you implement extra security measures to reduce the risk of being re-targeted.

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How to hide your fuel tank

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier

Different ideas will work better for different sizes and styles of outdoor space. Also, you’ll have a lot more freedom if you own the property, compared to if you rent it.


Probably the quickest, cheapest and easiest fix to make your oil tank pretty is to put a fence around it, or at least a screen to block it from view. Whether you choose to use wooden panels, bamboo or reed; all three can be bought ready-made and ready to go, for a low cost. The fence can then be stained, painted or treated to make it last longer outside and to help it blend in more with its surroundings. Have a read of this Which ‘Garden fencing: what you need to know’ article for inspiration and top tips.

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier Fence Panels


With trellis, you need to be a bit more patient. If you’re happy to wait, then this can be a beautiful way to make your heating oil tank prettier. Once you’ve erected the trellis, you can start to grow plants up it. Think about the type of plants and flowers though, finding out when they bloom and die back. The RHS and RSPB have some good ideas for climbers and wall shrubs, whilst inviting different types of animals and insects in to your garden at the same time.

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier Trellis


A hedge is a long-term plan, so definitely don’t start this if you’re only renting your home! Once mature, a hedge has many benefits; its dense leaves will block your oil tank from view in the nicest of ways, and will hopefully be a pleasing colour all year round if you pick the right plant. It’ll also provide a new home for wildlife, such as birds and insects. You’ll need to work out what type of soil you have in your garden first, and how much sunlight the area gets. Have a look at both the Suttons and Thompson & Morgan websites for advice on evergreen hedging and shrubs to enjoy your hedge all year round, and of course make your heating oil tank prettier.

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier Garden Hedge

Camouflage Netting

Before spending lots of money on a new camouflage net, why not check out eBay, gumtree or even a carboot sale to see if you can grab a bargain first. There are many styles, sizes and colours of camouflage netting – look out for one that ties in with what’s in your garden or yard. It’s also ideal if you don’t have enough space for a fence, trellis or hedge; or if you’re renting and can’t make any permanent changes but want to disguise an ugly heating oil tank.

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier Camouflage Netting


Do you own your home? Feeling a bit creative? For that unique touch, why not try painting your oil tank and make a feature out of it? There are many weird and wonderful designs already out there to inspire you; we suggest taking a look on Pinterest for some ideas. Depending on what your tank is made of out, you’ll need to seek advice from your local homeware store and explain what you are using the paint for.

Ways To Make Your Heating Oil Tank Prettier Paint

Important Things To Remember

  • Always speak to the landlord first before making any changes to a rental property; whether that’s inside or outside.
  • If doing anything regarding your heating oil, always make sure it’s safe and complies with the strict rules that come along with heating oil tanks. Leave a gap, don’t add anything flammable etc. British standards require a clearance of 600mm between the tank and any screening. We suggest having a look on the OFTEC website before you do anything.
  • Make sure that the next time you order heating oil, the delivery driver can still locate your tank, and has safe and easy access to it.
  • All of our suggestions would also work well to hide those necessary but unsightly recycling bags, rubbish bins and water butts too.

During National Gardening Week, share your photos of how you disguise your heating oil tank with us on social media – we’d love to see them! Be sure to read our ‘Protecting Your Heating Oil’ blog too; from preventing oil leaks to protecting your tank against theft, we compiled everything you need to know about maintaining your heating oil tank.