Factors affecting heating oil prices
The biggest factors affecting the price of heating oil are the
price of oil on the stock market
and (since oil is priced in US dollars) the
US$/GBP exchange rate
If the stock market price for oil remains the same but the value of the British pound against the US dollar goes up then your pound can buy more oil - it gets cheaper.
is also a factor. Some distributors make no secret of the fact that they lower their margins at quiet times such as summer.
However a good example of why this can be less important was in the year 2008. During the summer of 2008 when crude oil went over US$140 a barrel, 900 litres of heating oil reached around £600. However by Christmas, despite being much colder, the stock market price was reduced and the price of heating oil was almost half.