We are glad to announce that the first Ford Fuel Oils sponsored drinking water well has been built in Manicaland Provence, Zimbabwe. We are delighted to be able to help and a special thanks goes to our partners AquAid Watercoolers Ltd.
The Trade association for the Heating Oil Distribution industry, Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is pleased to announce that heating oil is the cheapest form of energy for 12 months on the run following the release of the most recent energy comparison report produced by Independent provider of comparative home heating costs, Sutherland Tables, who has confirmed that oil has been the cheapest fuel for home heating for the past year.
Mark Askew Chief Executive of the FPS comments: “The average annual heating costs for heating oil users have fallen every quarter for the last three years and since April 2015 the price of domestic heating oil has fallen by 36%.
The latest figures show that heating a typical three bedroom home on oil, using a condensing boiler is now just £690 per annum. Even with a conventional boiler, that’s nearly half the cost of the nearest alternative. If you use LPG the average cost is £1448 per annum, Electricity is £1588 per annum and traditional gas heating £1007 per annum. This means that an oil condensing boiler is also substantially cheaper to run than any renewable heating option with Wood pellets costing £1388 per annum and air source heat pump radiators £1447 per annum.”
Due to the low cost and as we enter the summer months the FPS has launched ten top summer tips to help homeowners get the best out of their heating systems and thus save more money.
The ten top summer tips are:
1. Check your stock of oil - have you got any room for a summer top up? Your fuel distributor will not however fill your fuel tank completely full during hot weather. Fuel must have room to expand.
2. Keep between fifteen and twenty inches of oil in the bottom – emergency deliveries are expensive and you also run the risk of disrupting the sediment that settles at the base of your tank if you refill it when it’s too low, which can clog up your supply pipe and lead to costly repairs
3. Consider your future oil requirements now, and look to buy as much as possible during the summer months when prices are often lower than in winter.
4. Place the biggest order of oil you can – maybe ask your neighbours if they want to place their order with yours, as generally the more you order the less you pay on a per-litre basis and if your local supplier has less to travel if delivering to a few households at the same time they will save on delivery costs which can be passed on to consumers.
5. Ensure you order you heating oil from an FPS Member who adheres to the FPS Code of Practice. To do this email or ring the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) or use the ‘Find Your Local Distributor’ facility and take a look around the Oilsave website where you will also find advice about ordering oil and other useful hints and tips.
6. If you have difficulty in paying for your whole order in advance, look into cost-effective ways to help you to do this. Most oil distribution companies offer monthly payment schemes, and summer is the best time to start one off. Speak to your local distributor for advice. Alternatively, your local credit union may be able to help, and some oil buying schemes have a Pay-As-You-Go option.
7. If you are struggling to pay for fuel, check that you are receiving all the help that you are entitled to. Your local Citizens’ Advice centre can help you with this.
8. Check that your oil tank is as secure as possible against oil theft. Measures you can take include installing a tank lock, an alarm that goes off if your tank leaks, CCTV and security lights. Further advice is available here
9. Make sure that your insurance policy covers your oil tank – most home insurance policies do not include this in the standard cover. You need to be covered for loss of fuel through theft and oil spills, and the environmental clean-up of your property and any adjacent land in the event of a leak.
10. Inspect your tank regularly and have it serviced annually by a qualified oil-fired heating engineer. For more information on the Oftec website see: http://www.oftec.org/technicians/oil-technicians-home and http://www.oftec.org/consumers/consumer-home-guides
Mark Askew adds: “We have written to all rural MP’s urging them to spread the summer top tips message so that the 1.25 million off grid mainly rural homeowners can save more money on their energy costs and be prepared for winter and we are also urging Energy Minister Amber Rudd to consider more affordable measures to help off grid households cut energy costs and become greener in the process including the rolling out a boiler scrappage scheme, similar to the one launched in London earlier this year.”
We at Ford Fuel Oils are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in http://www.aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk from AquAid.
Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust. These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.
Our company’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villagers to our site in the near future.
To date AquAid have built over 5,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia; and have donated in excess of £10 million to charity.
Please come and visit us at the following agricultural shows in 2016:
23rd July – Mid Devon Show, Tiverton
17th August – Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show
19th August – Dunster Show
10th September – Frome Show
Ford Fuels are pleased to announce an exciting new full time opportunity in our field sales team for a Sales Representative.
This position is based at our Defford branch and will require a flexible approach to help drive forward sales of fuel, lubricants, ad blue and fuel cards. The successful candidate needs to be enthusiastic, hardworking and a quick learner.
You will be a likeable person who can build common ground with customers and have an ability to communicate at all levels.
Your hours of work will be predominately Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm however the nature of this industry will require you to be available for customers outside of these hours during busy periods. Occasional Saturday working maybe required to attend trade shows and similar activities.
Previous industry related experience will be an advantage, particularly in a sales driven environment. Applicants with a background in agriculture, plant, construction and haulage will be also considered.
Good I.T and communication skills are essential to succeed in this role.
We offer an excellent remuneration package for this role including a company car and company pension.
To apply please send your up to date CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exciting job opportunity har arisen at our Defford depot for a tranport team leader / supervisor. For more details /perch/resources/1455296276-full-time-transport-team-leader-advertisement.pdf
During 2015 Ford Fuel Oils will be attending a number of local agricultural shows across the Southwest. Come and visit us and our team at the following shows:
- Mid Devon Show - 25th July 2015
- Okehampton Show - 13th August 2015
- Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show - 19th August 2015
- Dunster Show - 21st August 2015
- Gloucestershite Root Fruit & Grain Society's Tillage Event - Tuesday 8th September
- Frome Cheese Show - 12th September 2015
As part of our expansion program into Hampshire, we have appointed Netley Garage Ltd, in Southampton, as a Total Lubrication Centre.
Netley Garage has serviced customers in the Netley area for 100 years. The current owner, Andy Wilds, has carried on the tradition of offering customers first class personal service, using only the highest quality replacement parts.
“Lubricants form the most important role in the modern cars” says Andy, “and by using Total products, we know that the correct quality of manufacturer approved oil is supplied to our customer’s vehicles.”
We are pleased to announce that the problems we experienced with our web payment facility have now been rectified. With the installation of new back office technology the service will now be much quicker, more robust, and practical to use.
Thank you for your patience and if you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to Contact Us
Due to a technical problem we are currently unable to process payments via our website. We apologise for any inconveniance this may cause and please be assured that we are working hard to rectify the problem.
To make a card payment please call any of our local offices, or our head office on 01761 452222.