Oil, LPG and solid fuel

Alternative Fuel Payment – for those who don’t use mains gas

The Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) will give you a £200 payment if you use alternative fuels for heating instead of mains gas. This includes heating oil, LPG, coal, and biomass. The details of when this payment will be made will be confirmed shortly.

If you live in a park home, houseboat or off the grid please view this guidance.

The government has confirmed that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who are not eligible for the discount.

This includes households without a domestic electricity meter and a direct relationship with an electricity supplier, for example if you live in a park home, houseboat or you live off the grid.

The Bill will also support domestic and non-domestic consumers who are not captured by either scheme, including those using alternative fuels such as heating oil, living in park homes, or those who live off the grid.

Many of the energy saving hints and tips, such as making sure your home is insulated and changing how you use your energy to save money, are aimed at mainstream gas and electricity customers but they also apply if you use LPG, Oil or Solid Fuel.

If you use a domestic oil supply, your supplier may be a member of UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA). Their members have agreed to abide by a number of policy initiatives such as the Cold Weather Priority Initiative. This scheme enables providers to prioritise those over the age of 75, so that they do not go without fuel over the winter months.

The UKIFDA website has other guides and tips for customers with a domestic oil supply. 

There are a number of price comparison sites which cover oil, LPG, and Solid Fuel, some are listed below as examples:

If your home is heated by domestic oil, it can be difficult to budget for large one-off bulk deliveries, but smaller orders can cost more per litre costing you more overall in the long term. You may be able to save money by joining an “oil buying club” or “buying group” which allows people to buy oil together in larger quantities, reducing the price per litre. The UKIFDA website has a handy guide to these groups that you can download.

Perennial's support

Our team are here to offer you support and advice if you need help or information on accessing support for your energy costs. 

Simply fill in our Services Contact Form or call our Helpline on 0800 093 8543 and one of the team will be in touch.

All advice is free and fully confidential. 

The helpline is open 9am – 4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Open 10am – 4.30pm on Wednesday. Excludes bank holidays.