While most energy prices have increased dramatically in the last four years, the price of oil heating has fallen 23%, making it the cheapest major fuel - which is great news for oil users. However, the price does vary significantly, depending on the time of year, and tends to be cheaper in the summer. Our advice is to get into the habit of monitoring the price on one of the cost comparison websites and take advantage of these seasonal variations. Unlike other energy sources, oil users can shop around for the best deal so, if you have concerns regarding the price which your supplier is quoting, try calling another local supplier to check the best price before you place your order. If you need to spread the cost, check whether your supplier accepts monthly payments by direct debit.