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Home heating

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:

  1. Get people interested
  2. Hold your first meeting
  3. Confirm orders with your members
  4. Get your first order ready
  5. Broker with suppliers
  6. Review and prepare for the next order

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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 'Be 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 'Be Warm' savings card from any of the retailers taking part in the scheme.

Retailers  Address 
Andersonstown Leisure Centre Andersonstown Road
Ballysillan Leisure Centre Ballysillan Road
Ballysillan Post Office 923 Crumlin Road
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
Cregagh Post Office 15-17 Greenway, Cregagh Road
Duncairn Post Office 240 Antrim Road
Dunmurry Post Office 148 Kingsway, Dunmurry
Elsies Newsagents 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
Hamilton News 7 Greenway, Cregagh Road
Hannahstown Credit Union 299 Glen Road
Lagmore Post Office 220 Stewartstown Road
Loughside Credit Union 208-210 North Queen Street
Molloy Fuels 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
Rosetta Filling Station 569 Ormeau Road
Saveways 111-129 Springfield Road
Shankill Leisure Centre 100 Shankill Road
Spar 117-123 Ravenhill Road
Spar 719 Upper Newtownards Road
Crawfords 26-28 Monagh Road
Spar 252 Tates Avenue, Belfast
Crawfords 193 Whiterock Road
St James' Stores 69 St James' Road
Suffolk Post Office at Costcutters 120 Stewartstown Road
Taughmonagh Convenience Store 15 Finwood Park
Todays Local 32-46 Castlereagh Road
Upper Malone Post Office 326 Upper Malone Road
Westwood Fuels Falls Road
Whiterock Leisure Centre Whiterock Road

  1. Add your name and address to the card, making sure you use the address where your oil will be delivered
  2. Buy fuel stamps from any of the retailers taking part in the scheme – they cost £5 each
  3. Stick the stamps on your savings card in the spaces provided
  4. Once you’re ready to buy oil, call any of the oil companies taking part in the scheme
  5. 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 Be 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.

Email: bewarm@belfastcity.gov.uk
Tel: 028 9091 8715

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Other resources

Grants

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. 


Contact us
Be Warm scheme
028 9091 8715