November 2012 Villager Monica Price commented: "I've just been getting a range of quotes on-line and by phone for heating oil, and Sweetfuel's rate for the Appleton buying group is 0.15p per litre cheaper than any of the other suppliers today. I think Sweetfuels deserve a mention because they've either given or matched the lowest quote, the last few times I've bought heating oil. My tip is ... it is always worth negotiating!"
...and another tip from a website editor ... always check the negotiated price from the supplier is the same as the price on the invoice!
Some examples of price differences in the past!
Summary of prices EXCLUDING 5% VAT (1000 litres & 10,000 bulk oil price to parish)
NRQ = NO RECENT QUOTE
Price (£) per Litre
1,000 litres exc VAT
Price (£) per Litre
10,000 bulk order
|Sweetfuels||01367 710 666||07/06/2013||0.5495 (1000lit)|
|Total Butler (Fairford)||01285 712444||28/05/2013||0.5688 (2000lit)|
|Watson||01993 851 122||28/05/2013||0.5650 (2000lit)|
|Nolan||01869 343 477||27/11/2012||0.6098|
|Ackerman||01869 340 202||NRQ|
|Pace** & Countrywide||01491 613 224||NRQ|
30/01/2011: A piece submitted by villager John Evans
Looking for cheap Heating Oil? Beware – the Sunday Times and others have lifted the lid on a racket. DCC a Dublin based group has been buying up local oil companies in UK and may have as much as 45% of the UK market. Most of the acquired companies continue to trade under their old name - so you don't know that it is a DCC company. In the first half of December 2010 domestic heating oil prices went from 45p/l to 70p/l, a 56% rise – largely driven, it is thought, by DCC dominance. In the same time the commodities price of heating oil rose from 40p/l to 42 p/l, a 5% rise. It now emerges the website - www.Boilerjuice.com – that appears to be an independent consumer-focused outfit and claims to find the cheapest oil in your area, is actually OWNED by DCC – and lists only DCC companies as suppliers. Boilerjuice.com is not an independent consumer website – but a part of a “sophisticated” DCC marketing scheme. I have tried to identify DCC oil suppliers in the locality and believe that the following companies are owned by DCC –
- Team Flitwick **
- Town & Country
- CPL Petroleum Ltd
- G E Stevens
- EMO Oil
- Pace **
In my experience the best way to find cheap oil is to make a list of local suppliers – above excepted – and phone around them to get today’s price. I did this in early December got a spread of prices from 51p/l to 70p/l – on one day. John Evans
However, Boilerjuice do provide a useful graph to show how prices have been moving recently. The prices appear to include VAT.
August 2011: Flitwick has been deleted from the original Bulk Oil Buying Scheme as they have not demonstrated any interest in further participation. Sweetfuels remains on the list (see details below) as they have demonstrated a willingness to negotiate, are privately-owned and regularly deliver to customers in the Parish.
|Sweetfuels of Faringdon|
|Delivery days to Parish||Tuesday|
Contact Sweetfuels for their price per litre. Price per litre for Buying group Members 1pence per litre less than Sweetfuels best price
|Minimum Delivery||500 Litres|
Payment Direct debit, Electronic Banking, Cheque Debit card or Cash. Credit cards will be subject to a 2% additional Charge
Electronic Bank details:
|Ask to Join||Appleton with Eaton Buying Group|
|Order date||By Mid-day Monday for next day delivery (if this can be managed!)|
Extra information for members of buying groups: Sweetfuels run a Christmas raffle in which you have the chance to win 500L of free oil.