Homes involved in the Oil Buying Club Scheme across Northern Ireland have received 5 million litres of home heating oil, thanks to the Housing Executive.
The Housing Executive funded scheme and managed by Bryson Energy aims to reduce fuel costs by encouraging bulk buying and lowering the carbon footprint through fewer oil tanker movements in the oil club areas.
The scheme is open to all housing tenures including owner-occupiers, Housing Executive and housing associations as well as private-rented tenants.
To date, there are 27 Oil Buying Clubs located across Northern Ireland, with over 610 oil buys completed. Over 12,000 oil orders have been processed, with over 4,600 members signed up to the scheme across Northern Ireland.
Speaking following the announcement, Robert Clements, the Housing Executive’s Sustainable Development Manager said: “The award winning Oil Buying Club Scheme has been a great success and has reduced fuel costs for customers across Northern Ireland.
“The premises is simple, the more people buy oil together, the more they can reduce the cost. The response to the oil buying clubs across Northern Ireland has been extremely encouraging. Our oil buying club scheme is a practical example of how the Housing Executive is making a real difference to transforming people’s lives and fostering vibrant communities.
“As the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland, contact the Housing Executive funded Bryson Energy Advice Line on 0800 1422 865 for free, local, impartial energy saving advice. Trained energy advisors will signpost you to your nearest oil buying club, advice on energy switching, latest information on available grants and general energy advice tips.”
Raymond Gormley from Bryson Energy added: “To record the 5 millionth litre of home oil delivered across Northern Ireland is another fantastic milestone for the Oil Buying Club Scheme initiative.
“Bryson Energy have been working closely with the Housing Executive to deliver an important service which not only saves money on oil through bulk buying but reduces the carbon footprint regarding the number of oil tanker movements delivering oil to the 27 oil buying clubs across Northern Ireland.
“The Oil Buying Club Scheme continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to further success in the future.”