The Allen Valleys Oil Buying Cooperative was set up in 2011 and now has over 200 members, including residents, businesses and organisations in the local community. The group focuses on purchasing heating oil (kerosene), generally used domestically to heat homes, red diesel (also used for agricultural and industrial purposes as well as a home heating oil), and white diesel (generally used in everyday road vehicles).
If you would like to join the group, click here to register your interest. Other than a minimum order quantity of 500 litres, members are free to make a purchase as and when fuel is needed and are not tied in each month. Orders need to be in by 12:00 noon on the second Tuesday of each month and delivery normally takes place during the following week. Each month, various suppliers are contacted in order to obtain the best prices based on the total group order quantity. Selling to a group in the local community means that the oil supplier is able to take the most effective and cost efficient route when delivering the oil. After delivery has been arranged, members are updated with details of price per litre and delivery window via email or telephone.
Typically, members save 3p per litre, which is a saving of £30 on an order for 1,000 litres. The contract is between you and the supplier, who will invoice you directly after each delivery.