Community Bulk Buying Scheme.

Community First has set up a Community Bulk Buying scheme aimed at saving money on heating your home/office/school or village hall.

An oil buying scheme offers people and businesses the chance to come together to negotiate lower prices for their fuel. Communities making the most of joint buying power can make significant savings.

Why are we doing this?

This project fits well with our commitment to support rural communities.

With fuel prices rising, the cost of heating buildings to a satisfactory standard is becoming more and more expensive. In rural areas, there are many off gas grid neighbourhoods leaving people with the most expensive choices for heating fuel - such as oil.

We want to help rural communities cut the cost of heating. Community First’s Bulk Buying scheme can cut the cost of heating to rural communities and it has further benefits. The scheme keeps money in the local economy, builds a greater sense of community and cooperation and helps tackle fuel poverty.

Who is it for?

This scheme is open to householders, schools, village halls and businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We will initially focus on areas where there is local demand and the greatest amount of off gas grid households.
Where existing schemes are in operation, we will work alongside these schemes.
What is the cost of joining the scheme?

  • Householders - £20 per year
  • Community enterprises eg village halls, schools etc- £30 per year
  • Businesses - £100 per year

What are the benefits of the scheme

  • Community members across Herefordshire and Worcestershire save money on heating oil thus reducing fuel poverty
  • Money stays in local economy
  • Greater sense of community and builds community networks
  • Fewer oil tankers through the villages and therefore improved road safety and reduced local pollution
  • Reduced carbon emissions in county
  • Provides an opportunity for local people and communities to engage with energy efficiency measures
  • Co-ordinators can identify vulnerable people in community and refer for help in other areas

What do I do?

To register,  please download and complete the following registration form, making your payment to Community First.  We will then confirm via email/letter your registration to the scheme and you are then eligible to place your oil heating order(s) by the deadline of the 28th of each month - The minimum order is 500 litres. The documents are available by clicking this link.

For more details about the scheme please see the attached leaflet. If you have any additional queries please contact:  info@comfirst.org.uk or Tel: 01684 312734

For information on becoming a volunteer co-ordinator please click this link.

Please note: In line with normal oil company practice quoted prices are without VAT (charged at 5% on heating oil.

The price of oil fluctuates day by day and will depend on the size of our bulk order and the degree of clustering of deliveries.  We expect our discounts to start off at around 1 -2 p per litre but when we have developed good viable clusters we expect a discount of around 4p per litre. 

Savings will be largest for those who normally order in 500 ltr batches.  It is also worth remembering that where special delivery circumstances exist – like only small trucks can get access or where the delivery address is remote - then there may be a surcharge in line with the sort of additional charges these addresses usually attract.

Good News!

The scheme is developing well and going from strength to strength. Feedback from subscribers to the scheme has been very positive.  Below is just an example of the feedback we received from our  recent March 1st ‘Deal’:-

Towards the end of February this year I paid the annual fee of £20 to join the oil bulk buying scheme. I placed an order for 500 litres which was dealt with efficiently on February 28th at a cost of £322.88. At the same time I, as an individual, asked the same delivery firm for a quote which came to £354.38 (a saving of £31.50). I also asked for a quote from another firm which came to £379.32 (a saving of £56.44.) I would order 2 or more 500 litre deliveries per year hence a significant saving over the year.’

‘Great price!! I checked with my usual supplier and that’s a saving of over 5p a litre. Well done team!!’

 

Oil Price for July 2017

The July oil price is 35.65p per litre with Watson Fuels.

At this time of year many people are on holiday and demand for heating oil is at a low point. In addition the headline price of heating oil is about half what it was two years ago leaving margins tight for oil companies.

So I am pleased that despite these factors we have a price of 35.65 from Watsons this month - about 3p below the price that Boiler Juice are quoting today.