LPG fuel deal, community oil bulk buying scheme and help with
energy efficiency measures.
Residents in the Malvern Hills district could
save up to 30 per cent on their heating bills thanks to a
ground-breaking deal struck between the district council and Lister
Gases Limited. In addition, there are options to join a new
community oil bulk buying scheme and all households are entitled to
free insulation so make sure you take advantage of this before
winter really sets in!
Householders already buying liquified
petroleum gas (LPG) from Lister Gases, of Wednesbury, West
Midlands, could see a drop in their fuel bills from 1 November,
while others who are not tied into a contract can switch supplier
to take advantage of the deal. Those tied to an agreement with
another supplier will have to wait until the contract ends if they
want to switch.
Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) has been
working with LPG suppliers to achieve a bulk fuel price for its
residents to help reduce fuel poverty in its largely rural area.
This is one of the first deals of its kind in the country.
The agreement states that any eligible
household will be charged a price at a fixed margin above the Argus
North Sea Index wholesale price. People switching to Lister Gases
would have to sign up for two years, which is the standard length
of contract with an LPG supplier. For the first month of a
contract starting in March 2014 the standard price would
be 41.50 pence per litre (excluding VAT) (for using over 2500
litres per year).
Each month thereafter a new price, based on
tracking the latest wholesale price, will be fixed for the
following month but will still be at the fixed margin above the
MHDC will monitor the price offered by Lister
Gases on a regular basis to make sure residents, who have signed up
to the deal, continue to benefit from a fair price which will come
down as well as go up.
Leader of the council Councillor David Hughes
said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people in our rural
communities to benefit from a fair and open deal which will help to
cut their fuel bills. We are making great strides to tackle fuel
poverty in the district and this is another example of the
excellent work being done. Our research shows that the area is one
of the worst in England for fuel poverty. We are already tackling
energy efficiency by offering free loft and cavity wall insulation
“In addition, with regard to other fuel such
as oil, we already have two bulk oil buying groups in the district
– The Martley Syndicate and the Hanley & Welland Oil
Club. We intend to support other similar groups in the
district alongside assisting those people with heating systems
running on LPG.”
About a third of Malvern Hills district
residents do not have access to mains gas and have to rely on oil,
solid fuel, electricity or LPG to heat their homes. Between 800 and
1,000 households are thought to use LPG.
For more information download
Information Sheet March 2014
Community oil bulk buying scheme
Community First has set up a new community oil bulk buying
scheme that will help people living in rural communities to reduce
their bills. You can join as a new member of as part of an
existing oil buying group - by bringing small groups together we
can bring fuel costs down even lower. Click here to see the
leaflet Community First Oil bulk
buying or to download the registration form click
registration form. To visit their website, click
here Community First.
The council is developing a Worcestershire
wide scheme which will encompass a wide range of energy efficiency
measures using the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations,
which will provide low cost opportunities to improve domestic and
non-domestic energy efficiency.
The scheme will be launched in October 2013 and further
information will be available from Act on Energy on 0800