LPG fuel deal, community oil bulk buying scheme and free
insulation to all households.
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 May 2013 the price would be
39.48 pence per litre (excluding VAT). 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 wholesale price. The
price was 50.9 in December and has come down every month since
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 click
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.
A free household insulation scheme initially
aimed at residents over 60 years of age and launched at the
beginning of the year has now been extended to cover all households
regardless of age. The scheme enables households with a low
energy efficiency rating to install loft and cavity wall insulation
Malvern Hills District Council, working in
partnership with Warmer Worcestershire (sponsored by Worcestershire
County Council) and Act on Energy (a registered charity providing
energy efficiency advice), can now offer a free energy survey and
advice service to all residents. Act on Energy will
coordinate the work which will be carried out by A & M
Insulation Ltd who are the council’s official contractors for this
In a typical home, as much as one third of the
heat is lost through the roof and walls. With average energy
bills now well over £1300 per year, you could make savings of up to
£250 a year through insulating your loft and cavity walls.
Even if cavity wall insulation is not possible for the property,
Act on Energy might be able to help in other ways.
Funding is strictly limited and will be
allocated on a first come first served basis, so please don’t
To book your free energy survey, without
obligation, call the council’s agents ‘Act on Energy’ now on 0800
If you have any questions about the scheme as
a whole, please call David Rolls at MHDC on 01684 862131.