Oil Buying Network

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.

  • You can get more information about the weekly average price of home heating oil from the:

Many people find it difficult to budget for 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 smaller, more expensive orders. 

Joining the NI Oil Buying Network is one solution to this problem.

As a NI Oil Buying Network (OBN) member, you can order your oil each week (or whenever you need a refill) at a negotiated discount.

Average savings are currently £10 - £30 on 200 litres of oil for OBN members.

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The scheme is open to all householders including:

  • those who rent or own their home

  • Housing Association tenants

  • Housing Executive tenants

You can enjoy this member discount if the Oil Buying Network have a registered supplier to cover your postcode.

You can check with the team.

Please send your first name, postcode and a mobile number for text by:

We advise that you buy as little as 200 litres to help you keep better track of heating oil prices.

This means that you can order at a time that suits you and avoid fuel theft. 

Our Northern Ireland Oil Buying Network is based on a simple idea.

All members get a weekly request for a ‘potential’ order by email or text (or, in rare circumstances, by phone). 

Based on the number of estimated weekly order requests, the Network will negotiate the best price. 

The Northern Ireland Oil Buying Network carries out a daily oil-pricing index across all its registered suppliers to gauge the current market.  

But, due to the current energy crisis, suppliers at times have had issues with stock availability and price increases. 

We will keep all members updated.

We will send members details of the 

  • supplier’s discounted cost per litre (ppl), 
  • a discount code, and 
  • a deadline order date

Members then place their own order by calling the chosen supplier, using the discount code.

The supplier will then provide their quoted discount. 

All members will receive deliveries from their supplier on their confirmed delivery date. 

Payment arrangements will differ between suppliers.

Arrangements are made between the customer and the company offering the discount. 

Further advice

You can speak to NI Oil Buying Network:

  • about your area
  • to get advice on establishing discounts for your area 

We will take care of all correspondence and dealing with with suppliers to get the best price.

You can contact our advisers by:

Or use our online form to:

NI Oil Buying Network is managed by the Housing Executive NI Energy Advice Service. 

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