Want to save money on the cost of your heating oil? We can help!
Our oil buying syndicate brings communities throughout Oxfordshire together to make the most of joint buying power. Not only do you get the best price, but the oil companies can make the most efficient use of delivery lorries (and fewer journeys to a particular community helps the environment). You also pay the same price regardless of the quantity ordered- perfect for keeping your tank regularly topped up!
Keeping it local
Wherever possible, we operate the scheme through local volunteer co-ordinators, who are placed within the community and can help with day to day issues. From helping those with no internet or computer access, to checking oil levels for those who are unable to and reminding you to check your oil levels or when an order is due, they are there to support anyone who needs that extra bit of help and guidance.
This is how it works
- Your local co-ordinator will remind you that the monthly oil order is due to be placed. You then let them know the amount of oil you require. Please note: you will need to allow a maximum of approx. 10 working days for delivery of oil from the order date. Please consult the current oil odering calendar for delivery and order dates.
- The co-ordinator will collate all the orders in your area and pass on to our professional oil buyers, AF Affinity
- AF Affinity will negotiate the best price from a range of suppliers. We will advise you who the supplier is and the price per litre (exclusive of VAT, currently 5%)
- Oil will be delivered according to your delivery instructions
- Payment for the oil is direct to AF Affinity- preferably by Direct Debit
To cover the costs of administration there is an annual membership fee of £24.00 (£20.00 plus VAT).
To take advance of this scheme please complete the membership form below and at the same time arrange payment of the annual fee. We will do everything else.
Payment can be made by cheque payable to Community First Oxfordshire. Please send to Community First Oxfordshire, South Stables, Worton Park, Worton, Witney, Oxon. OX29 4SU. You can also pay by direct transfer (BACS) – account number: 20361680, sort code: 60-83-01. Please quote your surname and postcode as a reference.
For more information about the oil scheme please contact Sue Hunt: 01865 883488 [email protected]
OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) and the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) have joined forces to launch a new ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, urging the 920,000 oil-heated homes in England, Wales and Scotland to make sure their storage tanks are fit for purpose.
The campaign will feature a short information video for homeowners together with advice and answers to FAQ on the Oilsave website
Oil ordering dates and pricing
Oil Buying Dates:
We buy oil twice per month, usually the first Monday in the month and the third.
Please click here for ordering dates for 2017. Please note: Members should also refer to their local co-ordinator’s deadline for receiving orders which might give an earlier date.
Community First Oxfordshire will act as your local co-ordinator if your community does not happen to have one currently. Orders should be placed with the oil buyers- AF Affinity- direct.
Please refer to the calendar of ordering/ delivery dates for future orders. We can only include member’s orders if annual membership is paid up to cover the relevant order/ delivery period.
Smart Energy GB
Did you know that even though you are off mains gas you can get a smart meter for your electricity supply?
We are working with our partners in the ACRE Network and Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of the smart meter roll out. We’re promoting smart meters to off mains gas residents in Oxfordshire. We are proud to be working with Smart Energy GB to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in the smart meter rollout, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.
Smart meters and the rollout
Smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. Smart meters take regular readings and share these wirelessly, through a secure network, with your energy supplier. You don’t need Wi-Fi in your home for it to work and it won’t use your Wi-Fi if you have it, and even rural locations will be covered by the network which covers 99.25 per cent of Great Britain.
The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. Between now and 2020, every home and micro-business across England, Scotland, and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier. Over four million smart meters have already been installed.
What are the benefits of installing a smart meter?
A smart meter will enable you to see exactly how much energy you’re using, as you use it, and what it is costing in pounds and pence. One you have a smart meter, you’ll only get accurate bills from your energy supplier, just as you do with your phone bill. No more estimated bills. No one from an energy supplier having to come and read your meter and there’s no extra cost to you the householder.
In the future, smart meters will make switching between suppliers, or between credit and prepay, quicker and easier. If you are a prepay customer, you will also be able to top up online or via mobile phone.
Smart meters can only be installed by energy suppliers in a pre-arranged appointment and you will not be charged for installation. When you are eligible depends on many factors, such as the age of your existing meter and the type of housing you live in. To find out more please visit the Smart Energy GB website. smartenergyGB.org
‘We have been pleased with the savings on our last order, and it also helps us to be able to order a minimum of 500 litres whereas previously we tried to wait till we needed 1000 to avoid paying even higher costs per litre.’
‘Very happy to recommend this scheme – I placed my order, it was delivered speedily, and the price gave me an excellent saving.’
‘My oil order has arrived! Quickly efficiently and economically – thank you Community First.’
‘Does what it says on the tin, everything very straightforward and simple.’
‘The service you provide is excellent and I will recommend it unreservedly to anyone I come across in the future’
‘I am a member of your very excellent bulk oil purchase scheme, I strongly support community schemes such as yours and I have been a member for several years although, in reality, I use very little oil in my home.