Collective heating oil buying combats winter heating blues – and helps support community projects

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Winter’s not done with us yet. The cost of heating oil is a big worry for people who live in off-gas areas. ThinkingFuel, CAN's collective heating oil buying service, helps make buying  oil less stressful and more manageable. It offers consistently low prices on heating oil by encouraging people to buy as part of a bulk-buy scheme.

“Heating oil is an unregulated commodity” explained Community Action Norfolk’s Chief Executive, Jon Clemo. “Unlike mains gas and electricity, there are no rules and regulations or price controls. Oil can be subject to dramatic price fluctuations and you can’t easily buy it in small helpings just when you need it.”

Comparing prices for oil is very difficult for the consumer because of fluctuations in price between days, quantities ordered, locations and delivery times. It pays to be part of a collective buying scheme like ThinkingFuel, which are increasingly popular because they offer a fair, flexible and accessible way to buy oil.

“Everyone in the scheme gets a really low price on their oil because it’s bought in bulk. All our members pay the same low price per litre no matter how much they order and buying from ThinkingFuel also helps us at CAN support community projects across the county as well as combat fuel poverty in Norfolk.” said Mr Clemo. 

ThinkingFuel is already well established with three thousand members across Norfolk. The bulk ordering takes place on two key days each month to maximise savings, which is when members can get the best price, but they can order oil on any working day of the month and still get a competitive price.

For more information call 01362 698216 or visit ThinkingFuel and to find out more about the work of CAN in supporting community projects visit CAN - What We Do