Oil Buying Clubs

Home heating oil

Northern Ireland remains reliant on expensive home-heating. More than two-thirds (about 68%) of households are dependent on oil as their main heat source.

 

The cheapest way to buy oil is in bulk (for example 500 litres). Many find it difficult to budget for these large one-off bulk deliveries. Larger orders are a higher one-off cost, but smaller orders cost more per litre. Buyers often have no option but to place these smaller, more expensive orders.

Joining a local Oil Buying Club is one solution to this problem.

What's an oil club?
Oil Buying Clubs are based on a simple idea - the more people that buy oil together, the lower the cost. You can buy as little as 200 litres of oil. When all club member orders are put together, the Club can get a better price.

The savings made are passed on to everyone. The more people that take part, the greater the savings. When you order your oil through NI Energy Advice Oil Buying Clubs, we take care of all aspects of the delivery.

We liaise with the supplier to ensure you receive your oil. We provide monthly advice on oil costs and the best time to buy heating oil. We have worked in partnership with Bryson Energy to establish a network of Oil Buying Clubs in Northern Ireland.

To find a club near you, contact: us at:

This service is now managed by the Housing Executive.

More about Oil Buying Clubs

Get a quote
Members place their order by a specified date - this can be by email, text or phone. Alternatively, they can leave an order form with a specific organisation (e.g. Credit Union, Library) involved in promoting the Oil Club locally.

Based on estimated monthly order requests, the Club representative will negotiate the best price based on each oil group’s bulk order.

Place your order
Members are contacted with details of the discounted cost per litre and a proposed delivery date. At this point, you must confirm your order and commit to it.

Receive your oil
Members will then receive deliveries by their local supplier, on their confirmed delivery date. You must pay on delivery or in advance by debit or credit card directly to your oil supplier.

This is dependent on any terms and conditions established for the group or club.

  • You can buy 200 litres without having to buy larger bulk orders.

  • It is free to join.

  • Ordering through an Oil Club means you can avoid having to buy ‘emergency 20 litre oil drums’, which can be much more per litre than a distributor might charge.

  • You avoid the risks with transporting oil in your car and transferring oil into the tank.

  • Save money - members benefit from a reduction in price per litre with the larger volume order.

  • Supplier saves on delivery costs.

  • Fewer vehicle movements equals a reduction in CO2 emissions - fewer deliveries reduces the number of tanker journeys – safer for the community and better for the environment.

  • Produces social cohesion and sense of community spirit.

Members could expect savings of between £15 and £30 on their oil orders. Members have been achieving a saving of 10%+ on the most popular quantity of 500 litres*.

*This is the average saving for 500L compared to Consumer Council average prices.
Consumer Council Article - Consumer Home Heating Oil (2019)

On average a 20 litre drum costs about £8. Five drums - or 100 litres - would cost £40.

The minimum order that a member can place with an oil club is 200 litres and at February 2020 this cost around £90.

  • Ardglass (Ardglass, Killough, Strangford Co Down) 
  • Ards Peninsula (Balligan, Ballygalget, Ballyhalbert, Cloughey, Greyabbey, Kearney, Kircubbin, Kirkistown, Portaferry, Portavogie & Rubane Co Down)
  • Ballynahinch Oil Buying Club (Ballynahinch, Drumaness, Spa Co Down)
  • Ballinascreen (Draperstown, Co Derry)
  • Ballykelly & Maydown (Ballykelly, Greysteel, Limavady) (Waterside, Derry City / Eglinton)
  • Bannvale (Ahogill, Bellaghy, Lavy, Portglenone Co Antrim / Co Derry)
  • Belcoo (Belcoo, Letterbreen Co Fermanagh)
  • Colin Partnership (All BT17: Colin / Derriaghy / Dunmurry / Kilwee / Lagmore / Poleglass / Twinbrook)
  • Comber Neurodiversity (Comber, Ballygowan, Moneyreagh, Westwinds) 
  • Crannog Area Partnership (Cavanaleck, Chanterhill, Cornagrade, Sligo Road - Enniskillen Co Fermanagh) 
  • CUT (Culnady, Upperlands, Tamlaght, Maghera Co Derry)  
  • DAMOC (Desertmartin / Tobermore / Magherafelt / Castledawson Co Derry)
  • Downpatrick (Downpatrick town Co Down)
  • Irvinestown (Irvinestown/Lisnarick / Killideas Co Fermanagh)
  • Lisnahull (Dungannon town Co Tyrone)
  • Lisnaskea (Maguiresbridge/Lisnaskea/Newtownbutler Co Fermanagh)
  • Magheralin (Moira, Donaghcloney, Magheralin, Warringstown Co Armagh)
  • Mid Down (Ballykinler, Dundrum, Clough, Seaforde Co Down)
  • Millisle (Ballywalter, Carrowdore, Donaghadee, Millisle, N’Ards Co Down)
  • Mournederg Partnership (Castlederg, Churchtown, Killiter Co Tyrone) 
  • Murlough (Castlewellan, Newcastle Co Down)
  • MUVE (Coagh, Cookstown, Co Tyrone)
  • North Down Community Network (Bangor, Conlig, Groomsport, Holywood, Co Down)
  • Omagh (Town only - Credit Union common bond area)
  • Outer North (Cornshell Fields / Shantallow / Ballymagroarty - Derry City)
  • Richmount (Portadown area, Co Armagh)
  • Strabane (Douglas Bridge, Strabane, Sion Mills, Victoria Bridge, Co Tyrone)
  • Carrosyl Oil Buying Club (Carrowshee Park/Sylvan Hill Lisnaskea)

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