Welcome to the Somerset Oil Buying Club
The Club has started this year and builds on the success of a local club we have been running near Salisbury since 2012, the Nadder Oil Buying Club. We aim to provide really competitive prices to anyone needing 500 litres of kerosene (28 second Heating Oil) or more. We now have over 825 members with more than 930 tanks and, in addition to members’ homes, we supply Village Halls, Businesses and Churches. Many members order for several other tanks.
We cover most of Somerset (Click on the Club Area on the tab bar above) using a network of Oil Suppliers we have worked with for many years.
The way the system works is fairly straightforward. Once a month we send you an email asking if you need oil. for delivery either by the middle or end of the month. If you don’t need oil, just ignore the email and opt out of that session’s subsequent reminders. If you need oil, submit the amount you need within the time specified and you will then receive an acknowledgement.
In 2019 the Nadder club ordered 1.3 million litres of heating oil.
After the specified date, we negotiate with the oil companies and you then receive an email saying by when the delivery will take place and at what price. You pay the supplier direct on receipt of invoice. The supplier is selected based on the value offered including the service they provide to club members. We enjoy very good relationships with a number of local suppliers. Please ensure, when you register, that you fill in as much detail as possible, especially whether the access to your tank dictates a small four wheel tanker or even a very small mini tanker rather than the standard six wheeler. The format you use to fill in these details dictates how the system addresses you!
We typically save members 10% on the cost of their heating oil versus placing individual orders directly with the suppliers; as our membership grows so the savings will increase. The savings arise from the benefits suppliers generate from lower delivery and administration costs, while we benefit from lower prices and fewer tankers on our roads.
Please tell as many friends, neighbours and relatives about the scheme. The more who join the bigger the savings. If you have a local shop or Post Office which would agree to display a box of cards for people to take, just let me know.
Another benefit of the system, is the ability to help a neighbour without IT skills. A member can register a second tank, the filling of which can be controlled by the member liaising with the owner and the supplying oil company then invoices the owner of the second tank direct.
Some key questions are covered in the FAQ section