Rural Homeowners Across the Republic of Ireland Urged to ‘Get Winter Ready’

14th September 2020

The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), is this week launching their Get Winter Ready campaign, designed to encourage off grid homeowners across the Republic of Ireland to get prepared for the approaching winter months.

“As September traditionally marks the start of Autumn, our Get Winter Ready campaign urges the 686,000 Irish heating oil customers to order their oil early. The Covid-19 pandemic means it is even more crucial to order ahead of winter as an increase in the number of coronavirus cases and further potential lockdowns would increase the pressure on the supply chain and at the time of year when pressure is already high,” explains Guy Pulham, UKIFDA Chief Executive.

UKIFDA Membership and Events Manager Dawn Shakespeare adds: “As part of our Get Winter Ready campaign we also want to encourage more over 75’s to join their local UKIFDA fuel suppliers’ Cold Weather Priority scheme which enables UKIFDA members to identify vulnerable customers and prioritise deliveries in winter to those who need it most. We urge anyone aged 75 and over to add themselves to the scheme if they haven’t already done so – it’s a free service and we want as many eligible customers as possible to sign up before winter.”

UKIFDA Chief Executive Guy Pulham adds: “As part of our Get Winter Ready campaign, we are also encouraging homeowners to book in maintenance checks for boilers and tanks while the weather is still quite mild – this is vital for those homeowners who cannot be left without heating when it gets cold.

“Regular maintenance of boilers and heating systems is important, especially as we head into Autumn and Winter. An OFTEC-registered technician will be able to service a boiler and garden oil tank and spot any potential problems before they arise.”

To find out more about the Get Winter Ready campaign, advice on energy efficiency, the transition to biofuels, the cold weather priority scheme or to order heating oil, visit

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