Diesel may be in decline as the UK moves towards hybrid and electric cars, but it isn’t finished yet, a motor trade expert has said.
This is the view of Big Mike, a pseudonymous columnist for Car Dealer Magazine, described as having “had more than 40 years in the car trade so has probably forgotten more about it than we’re likely to know”.
In his latest column for the magazine, Big Mike outlined the history of diesel cars, suggesting they were unattractively noisy, smelly and slow in the early days, but developed to the point that by the 1990s they were not only a viable alternative to petrol, but seen as a greener option because of their lower CO2 emissions.
However, that changed as the focus shifted to other kinds of emissions and government policy turned against diesel.
However, Big Mike stated, this has caused him to turn into an “advocate” old diesel once more.
Describing himself as a “womble at heart” who considers that “one’s man’s trash is another’s treasure”, he said: “Right now there are loads of unloved, unwanted and borderline unsaleable diesel cars on the market that the upper-middle end of the trade don’t really want and are throwing away.”
Of course, not everyone is so big a car enthusiast or fan of diesel vehicles as Big Mike. But the demand for such vehicles has not gone yet, not to mention the fact that vehicles such as tractors still use such fuel.
The direction the car market is going in was made clear by the latest research from the Britain Under The Bonnet report by Close Brothers Motor Finance.
It found 26 per cent of motorists want their next car to be a hybrid, with eight per cent favouring diesel, down from 12 per cent since last year.
While the diesel market is shrinking, therefore, it hasn’t gone completely, so there will still at least be some demand for the fuel.
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With a serious uptick in the weather now being seen around the UK, it’s essential that households everywhere know what their responsibilities are when it comes to taking care of their domestic oil tanks over the warmer months of the year.
Winter is when your tank will be used the most, of course, because of all the cold weather driving you to turn the heating on regularly, which means it’s all too easy to simply forget about it during the spring and summer, when you’re not using the heating at all.
But now’s the time to make sure you do a little bit of maintenance work, so you know your tank will continue to serve you well during the colder months of the year, when the last thing you want is to encounter any problems with fuel supply.
It would be wise to carry out an inspection of your tank every few weeks during summer, looking for any damage to the shell of the tank, as well as for signs of leaks and spills. Check the pipe fittings, as well, to make sure they’re still fully functional.
And even when you’re not using your tank, you need to make sure that it’s still kept full of oil. If you don’t do this, condensation can form inside the tank, which can damage the internal casing and lead to rust.
You’ll also risk damaging the entire system, as bacteria can form on top of the condensation and then fall to the bottom of the tank and turn to sediment, causing all sorts of problems.
Now is also the perfect time to have your tank serviced, so if you know it could do with a professional eye, get in touch with oil tank installers RJ Tanks to discuss further.
The increase in homeworking that has been seen over the last year as a result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions could potentially make it more difficult for fuel poor households, putting even more pressure on finances.
This is according to a new study, carried out by registration body for off-gas grid heating OFTEC, revealing that homeworkers have been paying an additional £45 a month in energy costs over lockdown.
It was also found that people living in the least energy-efficient properties have seen the biggest hike in their heating bills of up to £28 a month, compared to £1.31 for well insulated homes.
Oftec’s Malcolm Farrow said: “Rising energy bills are a hidden cost of the pandemic and it's concerning that vulnerable, fuel poor households in badly insulated homes are bearing the brunt of the increases.
“We must not dismiss this as a short-term issue. Many businesses have outlined plans to maintain remote working so this problem is only going to get worse over the coming months and years.”
Advice from the organisation to help keep energy costs down include adjusting heating timers so heating and hot water only comes on when it’s required, as well as only heating the rooms that are being used. Leaving devices on standby can also push costs up, while having heating systems serviced regularly can help improve efficiency.
A household is said to be in fuel poverty if their required fuel costs are above average and, if they were to spend that amount of money, they would be left with residual income below the poverty line.
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Over time, the fuel you store in your fuel tanks can become contaminated with water, sludge and microbial growth, so it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep it clean.
Otherwise, you can find yourself having to deal with all sorts of other problems, such as engine breakdowns, blocked filters - or even complete power failure across your entire business premises which, depending on the industry you’re in, could be catastrophic.
This is where fuel polishing really comes into its own, the best and most cost-effective solution to making sure that your fuel is properly protected from contamination.
There are various solutions available, so it’s important that the fuel is tested and analysed first, so that the type of contamination can be identified and the right process selected. If your fuel is too far gone, however, polishing will have no effect and it’s likely that your fuel will need to be disposed of responsibly.
The process itself involves filtering the fuel through finer filters until it comes out clean and ready to be used. The good news is that it can be done without disrupting your business operations, with all your equipment still able to carry on running while the polishing takes place… so there’s no downtime for you to worry about.
It’s advisable to have your fuel polished at least once a year, although the regularity of it will largely depend on the application and what sector you work in. There are many benefits to polishing, ranging from avoiding the costs associated with disposing of contaminated fuel to not having to buy replacement fuel, saving you time and money.
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