Joining together with neighbours to buy heating oil makes sense for everyone. Customers get a better price, oil companies can organise deliveries more efficiently, and fewer tanker journeys reduces the negative environmental impact.
Shropshire RCC organises the largest bulk oil buying scheme in Shropshire and we have helped local people save many thousands of pounds since we started in September 2011.
***September 2017 Members Price 36 ppl*** For 2016 Members Prices please click here.
Firewood for local communities
We are now able to offer both members and non members in South Shropshire the opportunity to purchase sustainable hardwood firewood through our partner the Wyre Community Land Trust.
Customers will be able to access a range of products including vented log bags, pre fabricated log stores that come delivered full of logs (ideal for those with limited storage space). Logs are billeted and air- dried until they get to moisture content of below 25%, normally lower.
As this is a pilot project this additional product is only available at present to residents with the following postcodes:
WV16, WV15, SY7, and SY8.
For more information and to order please call 01743 342167.
How it worksmore
Once a month we collate oil orders from right across Shropshire on a specified date.
- We contact the oil companies to ask for their best price for a bulk order (typically 100,000 litres a month).
- We tell you the price and the expected date of delivery.
- You pay the supplier direct for the oil they deliver.
Oil Order Deadlines 2017 are by 12 Noon on the following dates:
Tuesday 5th September
Tuesday 3rd October
Tuesday 7th November
Tuesday 5th December
We can now offer our members exclusive access to low LPG rates.
Please contact us on 01743 342167 to find out if you can switch.
To take advantage of our buying power you have to be a member. Annual Membership fees help to cover our admin costs and are kept as low as possible. You can order as many times as you wish during your membership year.
Current membership fees are:
- £24 inc VAT Domestic annual membership
- £36 inc VAT Community Building annual membership
- £120 inc VAT Business annual membership
Save and Paymore
Fed up of hefty winter fuel bills?In partnership with Just Credit Union, SRCC Community Fuel Buying Scheme can now offer you a low rate loan payable over 12 months to cover the costs of your annual fuel bills.
- Low rate loans from £300
- No early repayment penalties
- Payment terms to suit your budget
- Free life insurance up to £5k
- Free membership to Just Credit Union
Loans subject to status. Example:£300 loan payable at £30.14 per month over 12 months. Total interest payable £61.66 APR42.6%
Don't want a loan?
That's fine... with a Just Credit Union Savings Account you can save an affordable amount all year round to offset the costs of expensive winter fuel bills.
For more information please contact us on 01743 342167.
We are pleased with the service from the oil supplier and the deal made by the Community Council. We reckon that we have made a saving of £69, taking into account the membership fee.
Our oil was delivered this afternoon by a very pleasant and chatty driver. We are delighted with the service and the saving we have made. We will be recommending the oil buying scheme to all our neighbours.
Just to say we had our first delivery through the scheme today and everything from becoming a member to receiving the oil went like clockwork. A big thank you for your hard work.
Frequently Asked Questionsmore
Why charge a membership fee?
The membership fee contributes to the running costs of the scheme including administration, advertising and marketing materials. This way we can ensure that all people living in Shropshire have access to a fuel buying scheme.
Savings will vary depending on how much people order and who their local supplier is. We find that most people achieve savings of around 3 to 4 p per litre on oil and 10p per litre on bulk LPG.
Is the scheme available to everyone?
Yes, anyone who is on heating oil or LPG can use the scheme, including local businesses and community buildings.
Do have to live in Shropshire?
No, we can accommodate people living on our borders and into Wales. Please call us for more information.
Do I need to have a local coordinator?
If there is no local coordinator in your area you can still join the scheme until there is one. Your orders will be managed by Shropshire RCC staff.
Access is restricted and I need a very small (4wheel) tanker to deliver, can I still join the scheme?
You can still join the scheme but may have to incur a small extra charge (around 1ppl) for use of a smaller tanker.
What is the minimum order?
The minimum order is 500 litres for oil members. All orders will benefit from the same savings as we will be ordering in bulk. LPG members benefit from no minimum order.
Can I order an additive?
Yes, If you require an additive please add this to your order.
I need my tank to be topped up, how do I make sure this happens?
The best way to do this is to slightly over estimate the amount you will need. You will only be charged for the amount delivered.
How soon is my delivery
Deliveries are usually completed within 10 working days of the order deadline.
My delivery is urgent can you help?
If your order becomes urgent please let us know and we will do our best to get a delivery to you asap but in some cases this may mean placing the order outside of the bulk order for an additional charge.
How do I pay the supplier?
For Oil this will vary depending on the supplier. They will usually either leave an invoice on delivery or request a call before delivery to secure payment with card. LPG members will be in a contract with FloGas and will pay monthly
Can I spread my payments?
You can now spread the cost of your oil with our Save and Pay scheme by taking out a low cost loan or savings account.
Please contact us for more information by emailing email@example.com or call 01743 342167.
We are looking for local volunteers who will act as 'co-ordinators' for the community buying scheme. Our volunteer co-ordinators play a vital role in their communities and receive free membership of the scheme. In return we ask for volunteers to promote the scheme in their local area and collect and pass on oil orders each month. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01743342167.
Now you can spread the cost of your oil whilst still gaining access to the cheapest prices in the county.
Webpage last updated September 2017