The Village of Thixendale

Oil Buying Scheme

Yorkshire Energy Partnerships Oil Buying scheme

The Yorkshire Energy Partnerships is a not-for-profit organisation owned by the local authorities of York and North Yorkshire that has a long standing relationship with both Ryedale District and Scarborough Borough Councils.

They have set up an oil cooperative service. The aim of the service is to reduce the cost of oil to residents and help alleviate fuel poverty.

Their role is to identify communities who would benefit from an oil buying cooperative, engage with residents and then negotiate with a number of local oil suppliers for the best deal. They then advise interested residents of their findings and arrange for the oil to be ordered and delivered.

There are no membership fees for this service, however Yorkshire Energy Partnership take 1p per litre from the savings to pay for administration of the scheme.

There is a group set up in Burythorpe currently which they aim to expand within a 10 mile radius. They plan to go to as many nearby villages as possible to explain how the scheme works and try to get new members with the aim to get oil as cheaply as possible for those members.

All members have to do is to contact Helen James by email or phone a couple of weeks before planning to order oil so everyone else in the group/area can be contacted to see if they too need any oil. As long as there are 3 people needing oil at a given time then it is worth doing a group order.

It is not possible to say what the price will be on the day for the group as oil prices change on a daily basis, however the savings from previous oil orders for other groups have been between 5% and 18% depending on time of year ordered and quantity.

As long as 3 people confirm they need oil (minimum order 500 litres), then at least 5 oil companies are contacted to get the best price for the members.

An email/phone confirmation is sent confirming the price, the company and what to do next. Usually members contact the oil company to arrange payment and delivery within that week. On some occasions the oil company is happy to contact the customers direct.

Not only is it cheaper and better for your pocket but it is also taking more oil tankers off the road – which is better for the environment and the pot holes that seem to be everywhere at the moment!

This link takes you to a site that includes some frequently asked questions, terms and conditions and an online registration form.

Helen James also works at Choices4Energy in Scarborough which is a free and impartial energy advice shop run by Scarborough Borough Council. She works there on Wednesdays 10-3pm, Thursdays 10-5pm, Fridays 10-3pm and Saturdays 10-1pm. She can help with energy comparisons and choosing the best tariff for your consumption, renewable info and advice, water meters, funding available for insulation, green deal and renewable heat incentive information.

Email: ~oilryedaleandscarborough~

Choices4Energy: 01723 361518

Helen James: 07531 285512 (mobile)

Information from Helen

I started this role in October 2013 and have set up a club in Lythe (near Whitby) the first order I put in for the residents was for 5100 litres of oil with 8 drops. I was able to get the price per litre at 58.32 ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre that Yorkshire Energy Partnership take for admin fee. I checked each individual order to compare the difference in price if residents had just bought for themselves and they would have been charged 63.97ppl so there was a difference of 5.65ppl which meant a saving of £28.25 if buying the minimum order of 500 litres.

In November 2013 I was able to put another smaller order in for Lythe residents the order was for just 2100 litres with 3 drops and was able to get the price to 58.98ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre for admin. Again I compared the price to an individual order which customers would have had to pay 63.32ppl including VAT so there was a difference of 4.34ppl which meant a saving of £21.70 if buying the minimum order of 500 litres.

In February 2014 I had set up another oil buying group in the Weaverthorpe area and was able to put an order in for oil for those residents. The order was for 2800 litres with 5 drops, 3 in Weaverthorpe, 1 in Butterwick and 1 in West Lutton. BATA came out the cheapest at 57.47ppl including VAT and the 1p referral fee. Again I compared the price to an individual order and found that customers would be paying 67.30ppl inc VAT which made there be a difference of 9.83ppl which meant a saving of £49.15 if buying them minimum order of 500 litres.

In February 2014 I put another order in for the Lythe group. The order was for 1500 litres with 3 drops. BATA came out cheapest yet again at 57.97ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. I checked the prices on boiler juice and the saving is 7.39ppl so for 500 litres people have saved £36.96.

In March 2014 I had managed to set up another small group in Burythorpe area and put an oil order in for residents there which was for 2500 litres of oil with 3 drops. HB Brothers came out the cheapest at the time at 57p per litre including VAT and the 1p per litre. Prices quoted for just 500 litres at the time were coming in at 62ppl including VAT, therefore savings on 500 litres were £25.

In March 2014 I had set up another oil buying group in the Cropton and Thornton-Le-Dale area and put an oil order in for those residents which came to 8600 litres with 8 drops. BATA came out the cheapest for the group at 56ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. If ordering from boiler juice on that particular day you would have paid 67ppl including VAT for 500 litres. This means people saved £55 on an order of 500 litres.

Another order in March was for the Lythe group, 1700 litres with 3 drops. BATA again came out the cheapest on the day at 55.68ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. At the time other companies were quoting prices as high as 62ppl including VAT. This meant residents saved £31.60 on an order of 500 litres of oil.

In April 2014 I put another oil order in for the Weaverthorpe group which came to 5200 litres of oil with 7 drops. HB Brothers came out the cheapest on the day at 54.03ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. If ordering 500 litres by yourself the price on the day was 61ppl including VAT. This meant residents saved £34.85 on 500 litres.

In May 2014 I put another oil order in for the Cropton and Thornton-Le-Dale area for 5000 litres of oil with 7 drops. Certas Energy quoted the best price at 52.48ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. If ordering 500 litres independently prices were as high as 64ppl including VAT. This meant residents saved £57.60 on a 500 litre order.

In May 2014 I put another oil order in for Lythe group for 3600 litres with 6 drops. Certas Energy again came out the cheapest quoting 53.76ppl including VAT and the 1p per litre. If ordering 500 litres independently prices were as high as 59.32ppl including VAT. This meant that residents saved £27.80 on a 500 litre oil order.

As you can see it does not really make a difference how big or how little the oil order is, it is still worth doing even with just 3 drops/people. Savings are there to be made for residents we just need to work together and buy together. Obviously the bigger the order the better, it helps to be able to negotiate a better price for everyone.