Councils act on rising prices

Somerset Council community buying
Somerset – community oil buying

The Community Council for Somerset has introduced a community oil scheme to cut tanker traffic through its villages and to give oil buyers ‘significant savings’. Run by a charity which supports action in local communities, the scheme costs £20 for domestic oil users to join; £30 for community buildings such as churches and schools and £100 for business users.

Wales – free tea towel with buying tips

Last month Consumer Focus Wales in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and supported by Age Cymru, Care & Repair Cymru and the Welsh Government launched a bilingual top tips campaign to help domestic heating oil users to keep fuel bills under control.  As part of the initiative, a tea-towel was produced and distributed free of charge to households considered to be vulnerable.

Aberdeen –  discount for those replacing oil heating  

Aberdeen city council is offering a council tax discount of up to £200 to householders who replace an existing oil heating system.  The discount, which is open until the end of September 2012, is designed to encourage householders to replace existing oil, coal or electric heating with an ‘energy efficient gas boiler, renewable or low carbon system heating system’.

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