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Home & Business Bulk Tank LPG Prices are on the rise!

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There are many factors that can impact on the underlying price of wholesale LPG within the UK, the key drivers being an increase in ‘global’ or ‘local’ demand, OPEC, conflict in oil producing countries, refinery output and down time, distribution and delivery costs and most topically, the £/$ exchange. Add to this the product shortages caused by tropical storm Harvey in North America and you will start to understand why both LPG and Kerosine prices are now at a 3 year high.

With many suppliers now needing to pass on these increases, this has inevitably caused a large churn of Home and Business LPG customers, all now looking for either best ‘switch offers’ or for improved ‘Trading Terms’ with their existing supplier.

Understanding your ‘Trading Terms’ (Supply Agreement) and the associated ‘Terms & Conditions’ is very important. Many Domestic customers, as an example, do feel that they have absolute price security over the full 24 months of their Supply Agreement term yet when they delve a little deeper, and often as a result of a significant pence per litre price increase, they quickly realise that their supplier is able to increase their price, or add a significant surcharge, at any time and without any real justification.

Customers reducing their consumption may also be penalised because some suppliers continue to reserve the right to apply a further price increase to bring customers back into line with what they believe to be the market price for their reduced annual usage.

To find out what you could be paying for your Home or Business Bulk Tank LPG and to compare the LPG suppliers and prices within your postcode area, simply call or mail us FREE on 0800 043 6100

LPG has a “vital role” in decarbonising heat in the UK

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The trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, UKLPG, is hosting MPs at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to launch its landmark pathways document Gas for Off Grid Britain.

Following the launch of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy earlier this month, UKLPG’s report highlights LPG’s potential to immediately and significantly reduce carbon in the thousands of homes and businesses in the UK that don’t have access to mains gas.

Chief executive of UKLPG, Rob Shuttleworth explains: “It is vital for the Government to recognise that LPG remains the lowest carbon, most efficient and effective conventional fuel for off-grid customers and this important message is one that we will be sharing with politicians today”.

“While there have been substantial changes in the UK’s energy landscape over the past decade, LPG is the fuel that continues to tick all the right boxes, from a commercial, residential and indeed a policy point of view.

“Electricity alone cannot meet the heat needs of the rural community and as an industry we are pioneering new technologies as well as bio-LPG as part of a portfolio of long-term low carbon LPG solutions that will support communities off the gas grid for many years to come.

“We can replace the oldest most inefficient oil boilers today with clean condensing LPG boilers that both lower consumer bills and reduce carbon emissions.  Whilst the consumer would enjoy the benefits of a new gas boiler, in most cases they would not need a new central heating system, and the LPG storage tank would be part of their supply contract.”

A low carbon fuel, LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal, 12% less than oil and almost no black carbon. With low particle emissions, low NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions and low sulphur content, it is the lowest carbon conventional off grid fuel, reliable and widely available, with a well-established supply infrastructure throughout the UK.

UKLPG is already developing plans to trial new technologies such as hybrid heat pumps with a boiler, gas absorption heat pumps and combined heat and power systems. Indeed, new technologies powered by LPG should be compared with the electric alternative from a lifetime cost cycle analysis, cost perspective, customer acceptability and practical effectiveness.

LPG suppliers have been working with Government, heating technology manufacturers and businesses to significantly reduce carbon and so have welcomed the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, launched on 12th October, in which the Government makes it clear that it wants to reduce emissions from the 850,000 homes currently off the gas grid that use oil for heating. It takes a similar view for businesses that use oil boilers and face volatile costs.

Shuttleworth continues: “Today, the LPG industry is already working with the Energy Services Catapult to explore how LPG can help to fast-track the decarbonisation of off-gas grid Britain and the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy provides a firm framework for our activities in this area to progress at pace.”

For more information and to download the report visit:

What is the Home Bulk Tank LPG ‘Tariff Comparison Rate’ (TCR)?

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TCR is a way to compare Home Bulk Tank LPG prices (tariffs) across multiple LPG suppliers that takes into account factors a straight Pence Per Litre rate doesn’t, including standing charges, Free Gas and other discounts, ensuring that you always get the best possible rate for your Home Bulk Tank LPG usage. This is not the actual rate you will pay. It is for guidance only, and based on your estimated consumption figures only.

How to calculate TCR for LPG.

To calculate your Year 1 and Year 2 TCR your must know all of the variables applicable to your Domestic Home Bulk Tank LPG ‘Supply Agreement’, including your ‘estimated’ annual usage.

As an example, and as applied to an Industry Standard ‘Two Year’ Domestic LPG Supply Agreement:

Estimated Annual Usage: 5000 litres pa

Year 1 LPG Price: 34ppl, Fixed for 12 month (+vat @ 5%)

Year 2 Price Cap: 5.0ppl Year 2 Price cap

Gas Credit (FREE LPG GAS) : £100.00

Standing Charge / Tank Rental @ £60pa (16.4p per day) – Above Ground LPG Tank

In this scenario the Year 1 TCR would be 34.2p per litre + VAT @ 5% with a Year 2 TCR of ‘no more than’ 39.2p per litre.

Your Year 1 TCR is calculated by multiplying your estimated annual usage by your pence per litre LPG price. You then just need to add the annual Standing Charge and deduct 50% of any Free Gas or other incentives offered. When you then divide this figure by your estimated annual usage (the number you started with) you will get an indication of your Year 1 TCR for your Domestic Home Bulk Tank LPG.

If, and as in the example above, you have a ‘Price Cap’ or ‘Price Guarantee’ then this can simply be used to calculate your Year 2 TCR.

Domestic LPG & Home Energy Switching up by a massive 30% in 2016

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With Bulk Tank LPG and ‘mains’ delivered energy costs now on the up, the number of people switching their energy supplier was up by a massive 30% in 2016.

Within the Home Bulk Tank LPG and Commercial Bulk Tank LPG market we have witnessed a number of suppliers making very large upward movements in the price that their customers pay on the back of both the weak pound and the general rise in the underlying cost of wholesale LPG.

Savvy LPG Home Bulk Tank & Commercial Bulk Tank customers are now really latching on to the opportunity to switch to better, lower cost LPG suppliers and providers, particularly those Domestic and Commercial LPG providers that can provide high levels of customer service combined with price security over the Supply Agreement term.

Throughout 2016 there were 7.7 m energy transfers, made up of 4.4m electric and 3.4m mains gas and LPG (Bulk Propane). To find out just how much you could save on your essential energy based utilities, Electricity, Mains Gas or LPG, simply go to to start the switch process.

Are you looking for an LPG qualified Gas Safe Registered Engineer?

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The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the registered body for gas engineers in 2009.

It is now the only place recommended to find an engineer qualified to work on domestic and commercial LPG Gas (Propane) installations, so whether you require an engineer for heating maintenance, pipework or new equipment installations simply go to the Gas Safe Register at

Find An Engineer By Location

To find a Gas Safe Registered engineer covering your post code area simply select the type of work that you need doing, Domestic or Commercial. This will allow you to see all of the Gas Safe Registered Engineers within a radius of your post code area. A simple Advance Search will then allow you to identify Gas Type you require (LPG or Mains Gas), appliance type or specific activity.

Gas Emergencies

The LPG gas stored in your gas tank will be stored in a safe vessel maintained and tested by your Bulk LPG Gas supplier. Leaks from LPG Bulk Gas Tanks are very rare but if you can smell gas in the vicinity of your LPG Gas tank please extinguish all possible sources of ignition within 7.5 meters of the suspected leak.

If you can smell gas in your property then turn off all possible sources of ignition within the property. Do not use lights or any other electrical equipment.

Turn off all gas appliances, where safe to do so.

If you can smell can within your property open all windows and doors to vent the property, allowing any gas to disperse freely and quickly.

Call the Emergency Number of you Gas Supplier, listed on the side of your LPG Gas Tank, on bills and other literature.

Compare LPG Suppliers, Switch & Save – 13th Jul – 10th Sept 2016

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Over the sixty days 13th Jul – 10th Sept customers using our Home Bulk Tank LPG price comparison service saved an average of £541 in Year 1, our largest saving was £1,873!

When switching to a new Home Bulk Tank LPG supplier it’s important to remember that it’s only your LPG supplier that changes and not the LPG storage tank, ownership of the tank simply transfers from your current supplier to your new supplier in 28 days or less.

Our significant negotiating power means that we have some exceptional prices on offer. Simply call or email for a ‘Quick Quote’ and to see how much you could save against your current supplier.

Relax this winter by reducing your energy costs by up to £1100

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You’ll also be able to compare your current Electricity or Mains Gas tariff to the entire market. This is because we don’t hide any tariffs, allowing you to do a ‘whole of the market’ price comparison. In doing this you will be able to see the best deal for you based upon your energy usage and your region.

Importantly you will also see exactly how much you could save before deciding whether to switch and our whole of the market comparison engine will also show you all of the other alternatives.

To find out how much you could save simply go to



LPG Cylinders or Bulk Tank LPG for Domestic Heating?

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When switching across to LPG, from Oil to LPG, or any other heating source it is often a very good option to start off with 47kg LPG cylinders (propane) until you know your actual or projected usage, progressing to a Bulk Tank as and when required.

For many, a Home Bulk Tank LPG solution will only become viable v’s 47kg Propane cylinders when your usage is expected to be above 2>2500 litres pa, the average UK property on Bulk Tank LPG using around 2300 litres pa.

If you expect to use less than this then it’s unlikely to spark the interest of the LPG suppliers who provide the tanks in return for a tank rental.

The typical tank rental is between £60pa and £66pa for an Above Ground LPG Storage Tank and between £80pa and £120pa for a Below Ground LPG Storage Tank. The amount that you pay in Tank Rental, also referred to as a Standing Charge, will depend upon the supplier and tariff that you choose.

One of the factors that restricts many people from installing a Bulk LPG tank is the space required, all Home Bulk LPG storage tanks with a capacity of 1200 or 2000 litres needing to be located at least 3m from all buildings, boundaries and other fixed sources of ignition. A fire wall of solid construction may be present along one or even two sides of the tank with a minimum separation distance of 1.5m. You must also ensure that the area around your tank is free of all debris and overgrown vegetation and that a line of sight is maintained between the vessel and the tanker (maximum hose length 40m) to ensure the safe delivery of LPG to your home.

All Home Bulk Tank LPG deliveries are also made by way of a mini bulker with a width of 2.6m (8’6”) requiring a minimum gateway width of 2.75m and a minimum access road width of 3.0m.

Vessels must not be sited directly beneath electric power cables and where the voltage is below 1kV the tank must be sited 1.5metres from a plane drawn vertically downwards from the power cable.

Above Ground Tank installations are generally completed ‘Free of Charge’ however the customer will need to complete the civil works, the tank pad and the pipework trench, but the tank installation itself would normally be FOC.

Below Ground Tank installations are normally chargeable. Again the customer will be responsible for the civil works, the cost to the LPG supplier being in the region of £500>£1000.

All new Bulk Tank LPG installation will require a survey to agree on a suitable location for the tank and to confirm the schedule of works to be completed by each party, the customer and the Bulk Tank LPG supplier.

For customers expecting to use less than this 2>2500 litres of LPG pa then 47kg propane gas cylinders can be a very neat option, set up as a 2 x 47kg pack or a 4 x 47kg pack, each 47kg gas cylinder holding 92 litres of propane (LPG) gas and each. A cabinet can also be obtained to hide the cylinders from view and to provide added security.

Whichever option you decide, Bulk Tank Gas or 47kg Gas Cylinders, we can help you either way, so please do call or email us at any time.

Switching your Home Bulk Tank LPG Supply

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Switching your Home Bulk Tank LPG supply with is simple and can save you a lot of money yet only 8% of Home Bulk Tank LPG users regularly switch, meaning that you too could be missing out on savings well in excess of £500pa*

When switching your Home Bulk Tank LPG supplier its also important to consider the availability of Telemetry, for automatic ‘SMS’ based top-up, monthly payment plans, on-line Account Management and of course, continuity of supply – meaning that you will always have gas in your tank!

When you request a ‘Quick Quote’ from LPG-Save we will tell you immediately the best tariff available to you together with how much you could save, not only on your pence per litre gas price but also on the tank rental, also known as the ‘Standing Charge’.

Importantly there is no cost to you what-so-ever in switching your Home Bulk Tank LPG supplier.

Switching your Home Bulk Tank LPG supply is quick and easy. Once you have signed your ‘Switch Notice’ and ‘Supply Agreement’ we will take care of the rest and you don’t need to do anything more, but we are available on 0845 2222 045 just in case you do have any questions or queries.

Click here to start the Home Bulk Tank LPG comparison

*In April 2016 customers switching their Home Bulk Tank LPG supply with us saved an average of £516pa, our largest saving being over £1700pa, the absolute savings being calculated on the number of litres estimated pa multiplied by the pence per litre saving, plus the impact of any Gas Credit, FREE LPG gas, being offered by the new supplier

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