There are many things we can do to help manage the cost of heating our homes. These include joining a local oil buying club, or buying fuel stamps.
Oil buying club
In an oil buying club, all the members place their oil order with a coordinator
who negotiates the best bulk price with a supplier. Once the price per
litre is agreed, everyone pays the same price per litre (regardless of
how much they ordered) directly to the oil supplier.
Members can save between £10 and £30 per delivery.
Setting up a club
We've created a toolkit for anyone interested in setting up a local oil buying club.
It takes you through six simple steps that helps you decide if an oil club is right for you, and helps you establish a club and complete your first order.
The six steps are:
- Get people interested
- Hold your first meeting
- Confirm orders with your members
- Get your first order ready
- Broker with suppliers
- Review and prepare for the next order
We also have some template documents that can help with budgeting and planning.
If you're interested in setting up a club, local groups can help with access to computers or equipment.
Find a local oil club
- To find out if there is a oil club near you, visit the Citizens Advice website. You can also register your oil club.
Organisations that can help
Fuel stamp scheme
Our fuel stamp scheme 'Stay Warm', helps householders save for home heating oil, by spreading the cost of their fuel.
You can buy oil stamps from participating retailers, collect them on a savings card and use the value of the stamps to pay for all or part of your oil when placing an order.
The scheme is available throughout Belfast and we're always looking for retailers and oil companies from across the city to take part in the scheme.
How to take part
Pick up a 'Stay Warm' savings card from any of the retailers taking part in the scheme.
|Ballysillan Leisure Centre
|Cecil Ward Building (main reception area)
||4-10 Linenhall Street
|Clifton Street Service Station
||38-48 Clifton Street
|Clonard Credit Union
||Ross Road/Springfield Road
|Court Credit Union Limited
||217 Shankill Road
||26-28 Monagh Road
|193 Whiterock Road
|Cregagh Post Office
||15-17 Greenway, Cregagh Road
|Duncairn Post Office
||240 Antrim Road
||116 Castlereagh Street
|Finaghy Post Office (Creighton's Garage)
||87-89 Upper Lisburn Road
|Falls Leisure Centre
||15-17 Falls Road
|Grove Wellbeing Centre
||120 York Road
||7 Greenway, Cregagh Road
|Hannahstown Credit Union
||299 Glen Road
|Lagmore Post Office
||220 Stewartstown Road
|Loughside Credit Union
||208-210 North Queen Street
||273 Falls Road
|Newington Credit Union Limited
||239-241 Duncairn Gardens
|Newtownards Road Post Office (Mace)
||270 Newtownards Road
|Ormeau Road Credit Union
||254 Ormeau Road
|Riverdale Post Office
||Solo Garage, 200 Andersonstown Road
||111-129 Springfield Road
|Shankill Leisure Centre
||100 Shankill Road
||117-123 Ravenhill Road
||719 Upper Newtownards Road
||252 Tates Avenue, Belfast
|Suffolk Post Office at Costcutters
||120 Stewartstown Road
||32-46 Castlereagh Road
|Upper Malone Post Office
||326 Upper Malone Road
||935 - 937 Crumlin Road
|Whiterock Leisure Centre
- Add your name and address to the card, making sure you use the address where your oil will be delivered
- Buy fuel stamps from any of the retailers taking part in the scheme – they cost £5 each
- Stick the stamps on your savings card in the spaces provided
- Once you’re ready to buy oil, call any of the oil companies taking part in the scheme
- Tell them how much oil you want to order and how many stamps you want to use as payment. You should agree the price and amount of the oil you need, as well as the payment method, with the company.
Remember, you can use as many or as little cards or stamps as you want with each order - for example, if you have four stamps, which are worth £20, you can use them as part-payment for your order. You do not have to have completed your savings card to use it as payment towards fuel.
You can only use Stay Warm stamps – oil companies taking part in the scheme will not accept any other stamps on your card.
Your savings card works as cash so make sure you keep it safe - we do not accept responsibility for any stolen, lost or damaged stamps or cards.
Oil companies or retailers wanting to take part in the scheme, can register by emailing us.
Tel: 028 9027 0428
Grants are available for householders who want to make their homes more energy efficient by installing loft, cavity wall insulation and a new boiler or heating system. They're available for people who own their own home as well as for private tenants.
Phone the Bryson Energy Advice Line on 0800 1422 865 for advice about grants.