ThinkingFuel – community oil buying in a time of uncertainty

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Here at CAN we deliver a wide and varied range of support for communities across the county. One particular activity is ThinkingFuel, our well-established community heating oil buying scheme. And we'd like to ask your help in raising awareness of it as a benefit in rural, off-gas communities.

The price of oil – and helping the community

Many areas of rural Norfolk are off-gas. Heating oil is not a price-regulated commodity like electricity and gas, so consumers are subject to the vagaries of market pricing.  ThinkingFuel has long supplied low-priced heating oil to thousands of our members who know and trust that we are able to negotiate competitively and consistently low supply prices.  

Our members also know that in buying oil from ThinkingFuel they are helping CAN support community development and local projects across the county.

Our request

To this end, we have a request. If you manage or work with a VCSE organisation, community or village hall, local voluntary group or Good Neighbour Scheme, you may see a need locally – perhaps a client or service user, or perhaps your own venue or building. Do take a moment to read further below about the community and consumer benefits of ThinkingFuel, and consider whether it might work for you, your organisation or an individual you know locally. If you’d like some advertising or promotional material, or a ready-written article for your newsletter or magazine, do contact us via the links at the end of this article.

The impact of recent events

World-wide economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen heating oil prices fall to a four-year low in recent months. This won’t last of course. But we operate ThinkingFuel in partnership with AF Affinity, Anglia Farmers’ bulk buying group, based in Norfolk, whose expert professional buyers can negotiate considerable discounts with national suppliers. The big plus for ThinkingFuel members is that, because they are all are buying from the same supplier, they get a very competitive price.

The benefits of ThinkingFuel

We know that many individual consumers worry about the unpredictability and uncertainty of heating oil prices. Comparing prices for oil is very difficult for the consumer because of fluctuations in price between days, quantities ordered, locations and delivery times. That’s why it pays to be part of a collective buying scheme like ThinkingFuel, which are popular because they offer a fair, flexible and accessible way to buy oil.

Everyone gets a really low price on their oil because it’s bought in bulk and all our members pay the same price per litre whether they order 500 or 5,000 litres. There are also regular payment options to help spread the cost of an otherwise one-off bill. And there is no obligation to buy.

Essentially, ThinkingFuel does the ringing round for our members, saving them time, stress and making sure they get a fair price. And, to reiterate, it’s part of our wider strategy of supporting households and communities and addressing the issue of fuel poverty in Norfolk. ThinkingFuel is long-established and trusted. It offers choice, and our members also know that in buying oil from ThinkingFuel, they are helping CAN support community development and local projects across the county.

You can register as an individual or organisation through the link here  or if you’d like to talk to one of our team about ThinkingFuel please call 01362 698216 or email [email protected]