Rural communities

Tackling the spiraling cost of heating oil

People living off the mains gas network often face considerable difficulty in keeping their homes warm. Evidence shows that rural households are twice as likely as their urban counterparts to struggle to afford to heat their homes, due to lower than average incomes and houses that are less energy efficient.

Approximately 1.5 million households in the UK are reliant on oil as their primary source of heating. The average annual cost of oil used by the typical household has risen from around £800-£900 five years ago to £1,375-£1,500 today. Energy efficiency measures that reduce oil consumption are crucial to tackling these rising fuel costs.

Energy Action Scotland supports the development of such products as Chop-Cloc as a means of lowering household fuel bills. With ever increasing costs of energy it is for innovators like The Chopping Company to come forward with practical solutions to the problem of fuel poverty.

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland

Chop-Cloc at National Energy Action 2013

1.5 million

UK households reliant on oil


average annual cost of oil

3-4 weeks

added coverage from a full tank using Chopping

Chopping can save householders up to 30% on their heating bills, depending on the temperature outside and how warm they like their home. With a payback period of less than a year, installing a Chop-Cloc allows consumers to choose how much they save without ever having to be uncomfortable. For communities who rely on a fuel source that has doubled in cost in recent years, that’s a compelling proposition.

People in their homes can’t do anything about global energy prices, what they can do is look at their own energy use. Low cost solutions with low payback periods are really important and have a significant role to play in helping people reduce their energy consumption.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, National Energy Action

Related news

Read more about the role of Chop-Cloc in reducing heating bills in the Yorkshire Evening Post.


Delivering warmth for less

Our retrofit Chopping device, the Chop-Cloc, is a unique heating control device that helps householders save up to 30% on their heating bills without noticing any difference in temperature.