Rural fuel security

Choosing to renovate a property in the countryside has a number of benefits, such as a picturesque location, sense of community, and a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

However, restoring a rural home does come with a number of additional considerations in comparison to renovating in an urban area. For example, if the house is not connected to mains gas, there are a range of fuel options you can consider for heating and hot water if your existing system requires an upgrade or if you want a more reliable or easier fuel source.

Rural fuels

If your property is not connected to mains gas it’s likely you will rely on oil, electricity, solid fuel or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). There are pros and cons to each of these fuels, but one stands out as being the easiest in terms of on-going maintenance and reliability of supply – and that’s LPG.

Most LPG suppliers such as Calor own the LPG storage tank, and for a small monthly charge they’ll insure and maintain it too. This means you don’t need to worry about its upkeep or paying for a replacement when required.

Automatic top-up technology is also available on LPG tanks. This technology monitors gas levels and alerts the supplier when a delivery is required, so there’s no need for you to check check fuel levels or phone to re-order.

As long as the driver can get access to the tank for delivery, you don’t even need to be home when a delivery is made – so just like being on mains gas, the gas supply is there when you need it.

Calor offers auto top up technology on all of its tanks and if you choose Calor as your LPG supplier you’ll also benefit from security of fuel supply as it has UK gas storage sites supported by a vast LPG vehicle fleet, meaning that even in periods of colder, more inclement weather and higher demand for LPG, you should never run out of fuel.

Versatile and clean

Not only is LPG easy when it comes to ordering and deliveries, it’s also really versatile too, and can be used for heating and hot water, gas fires, gas cooking and some household appliances such as tumble dryers.

There’s a range of storage options with LPG, including above ground and underground tanks, or cylinder packs, meaning there’s a solution for most outside spaces. Underground tanks are an increasingly popular option, as you can hide the tank discretely underground.

What’s more, LPG is the cleanest fossil fuel available to rural homeowners and is often installed alongside renewables such as air source heat pump and solar. It’s also virtually impossible to steal – a great plus if you’re renovating in a rural area where oil theft may be an issue.

So for more information on how Calor can help to heat your rural renovation, call 0808 256 6795 or go to