In light of the problems experienced by heating oil customers in
last year’s big freeze, Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire
[RCAN] has launched a bulk oil purchasing scheme.
Customers will benefit from savings of 4p per litre on average
for their heating oil due to better prices negotiated when buying
as a syndicate. The £20 per year it costs for Individual members to
join the scheme is usually recouped with the first order placed.
They can also order oil in smaller quantities - from 500 litres
upwards - rather than the usual minimum of 1,000 litres. Savings of
around £50 on a single order are possible.
RCAN are also keen to promote the environmental benefits of the
scheme. Delivery tankers guzzle a lot of fuel and the more
deliveries they can make in one place, the less fuel they use. This
also means there will be fewer tankers on Nottinghamshire’s small
country roads, which is better for the environment.
As a charity rooted in local community action, RCAN wants the
new venture to reflect this philosophy. CEO, Rob Crowder, says ‘The
key to making the scheme work will be having local people who will
bring together members’ oil orders once a month. They pass the
information on to us and then let the local members know the cost
per litre and the delivery date.
That’s pretty much it. For doing this, they will get free
membership of the scheme. Scheme members will be able to order as
many times as they like during the year, and the price will be
There’s more information on the RCAN website. If you think this could
be of interest to you or your community, get in touch with Annalisa
Goodwin on 01623 727600 or e-mail email@example.com
Last Updated - 01/12/2011