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Ordering heating oil:. Any ideas for cost cutting?
Thu 25-Mar-10
5:05 pm
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jackie d
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My brother uses oil to heat his water and made a 'solar panel' to try and cut the cost down. He got 2 old radiators and painted them black then mounted them on the side of his house with a second hand window fitted over them. The cold water runs into the radiators and the sun warms it up, when it reaches a particular temp a pump sends the water to the hot water tank for a extra bit of heating before being used. The panel looks just like a window until you take a close look at it and even works on sunny winter days. It has saved him quite a bit of money and the only thing he had to pay for was the pump! 

Thu 25-Mar-10
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Toffeeapple
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That was very inventive Jackie.  Practical too.  I wish I could be like that. Doh

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Mar-10
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I love that idea, Jackie. So simple.

Although I would not be able to fit the pump or plumb it in. But it surely is not expensive to have it done.

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Sat 27-Mar-10
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Sun 28-Mar-10
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hi mutley just had a look at the cook ideas man looks very interesting will look to see how to convert it to my hot water system if you have a go please let us know how it turns out OkOk

Sun 28-Mar-10
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coke even lolDoh

Sun 28-Mar-10
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Will start collecting cans, May be we could one day have a forum for home made goodes,projects.

Sun 28-Mar-10
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Hmm...I was just wondering where one might get coke cans, then realized that people buy the stuff to drink!Doh  Silly me...Embarassed

I'll try that again!

Sun 28-Mar-10
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Im not saying anything lol lol lol .3  may look at red bull cans are slimer so might work better. will start looking for some wood and have got some perpelex some were i hope.

Tue 6-Apr-10
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My parents have a realy helpful neighbour who arranges a delivery at the same time for everyone nearby,  there is no gas where they live,  and hence due to quantity he has more of a lever to drive down the price,  the oil suppliers are pretty competitive and it suits them to deliver to a number of houses in the same road at the same time cutting down on the transport costs

Tue 6-Apr-10
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Like Vagabondics neighbour, my OH has set up a heating oil buying syndicate for our village. We don't have access to mains gas, so a lot of people rely on oil for their heating. The syndicate has a web site which explains the way it works.

There may already be a syndicate in the area where you live (there's definitely one near you Danny & Fiona). If not consider starting one.

Remember oil prices fluctuate from day to day, not only because of international oil prices but also because of the weather and demand. So try to buy when the weather is good and demand is low - and haggle.

Fri 9-Apr-10
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Hi, I've been popping in to the site for a few months now and finally decided to take the plunge and register.  We heat by oil; and use this website : http://www.boilerjuice.com : put in your postcode and they'll give you the prices of three suppliers in your area.  It's surprising how much they can differ, and you just choose the one you want, place the order and the delivery is made on the required date.

Fri 9-Apr-10
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Hello Judy, thanks for joining in the discussion and welcome to the forum.  I hope we see you here frequently and in all subjects.  Wine

I'll try that again!

Fri 9-Apr-10
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Thanks, ToffeeApple!

Sat 10-Apr-10
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mutley said:Im not saying anything lol lol lol .3  may look at red bull cans are slimer so might work better. will start looking for some wood and have got some perpelex some were i hope.


Well i found some wood and perplex and 9 tins so far, im am going to fit this to the day camper so we can have free hot water i hope lol .

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