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Fuel Buying Syndicates in Wales

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There are 22 unitary authorities (county and county borough councils) that deliver a wide range of services.
Increasing energy prices have put the budgets of households and community groups under pressure as all households have to purchase a minimum delivery of 500 litres of heating oil.

Shopping around can reduce energy bills, but the biggest savings can often only be achieved when commodities are ordered in much larger quantities. This is why many householders are joining up with other members of their community to buy collectively and reduce their energy bills.

Local Authorities in Wales will be aware of fuel buying groups in their areas should you wish to find one. 

Clwb Cosy

We have funded a pilot project in Ceredigion to expand existing fuel clubs and to develop a county-wide network of fuel buying groups. The 18-month project began in April 2014 and was led by Ceredigion County Council in partnership with Ymlaen Ceredigion. The oil buying syndicate known as Clwb Cosy (external link) encouraged householders to bulk-buy oil and aimed to help them save between £80 to £120 on their annual fuel bill.

The experiences from the pilot have been used to develop a document explaining how sustainable models for fuel syndicates can be established. It is hoped that other local authority areas will make use the Ceredigion sustainable model experience to help increase the number of fuel syndicates in other parts of Wales.