Oil buying cooperatives

We, in partnership with Ryedale District Council through Choices4Energy, are delivering oil buying cooperatives across the two districts.

Residents can save on their heating bills by being part of an oil buying cooperative.  The more members the oil buying cooperatives has, the better the savings that can be achieved.

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The scheme runs at various time throughout the year, view the calendar below. 

Place an order

If you've already registered, you can place an order online using the form below. 

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For more information on the oil buying cooperatives run by Choices4Energy please see our frequently asked questions and terms and conditions or alternatively contact Choices4Energy by calling 01723 232527 or emailing Choices4Energy@scarborough.gov.uk.


Q. How will I know the price?

A. Within three days of the buying date, members who have placed an order will receive an email/telephone call with details of the confirmed price per litre, the chosen supplier and the savings made by the buying group. Payment terms vary between suppliers so these details are always provided as part of our supplier and price confirmation email.

Q. How much fuel do I need to order?

A. You can order as much as you need, its worth noting that the more the cooperative orders, generally the better the price per litre is! 500 litres is the minimum amount you can order as this is a trading standards requirement.

Q. How do I place an order?

A. Choices4Energy (Scarborough Borough Council) will take some basic information off you when you sign up to your local Oil Cooperative. When we are due to put an order in Choices4Energy (Scarborough Borough Council) shall be in touch with you and you will inform Choices4Energy (Scarborough Borough Council) of how much oil you require and any delivery notes. This can be done via email, telephone or face to face.

Q. Will I be reminded when an order is to take place?

A. Yes a timetable of oil order will be provided to all members of the oil cooperative, but reminders will be either sent by email or post (depending on chosen method of contact) 2 weeks before the order date.

Q. Can I cancel my order?

A. Yes but only until the day before the order date. You can do this by calling 01723 232532 / 07702 736265 or emailing Choices4Energy@scarborough.gov.uk
Once the order has been placed and you need to make changes to your order this can only be done directly with the oil supplier. You can get their contact details by calling 01723 232532 / 07702 736265 or emailing Choices4Energy@scarborough.gov.uk

Q. How do I pay for my oil order?

A. Once the price has been confirmed Choices4Energy (Scarborough Borough Council) will pass on your order details onto the chosen oil supplier. By placing your order through the oil cooperative you are agreeing to the payment terms of the oil supplier, this is stated in the Oil Cooperatives Terms and Conditions, which may be on, before, or after the oil delivery. Please be aware that some oil suppliers may levy a fee for credit card payments.

Q. I currently pay for my oil deliveries through Direct Debit, is this still possible through the Oil Cooperative?

A. We do not use direct debit as a payment method due to nature of the Oil Cooperative changing oil suppliers in accordance to the best price of oil and direct
debit ties customers to that one oil supplier so they are unable to take advantage of the most competitive prices.

Q. Where can I get further information about this Oil Cooperative?

A. You can receive more information by calling 01723 232532 / 07702 736265, emailing Choices4Energy@scarborough.gov.uk or our website www.scarborough.gov.uk/Choices4Energy. The Oil Cooperative Coordinator is also regularly in your local area and will attend any local events where they would be more than happy to have a chat to you about the Oil Cooperatives.

Q. Do I need to be in when the oil is delivered?

A. As long as your tank is accessible you don't need to be in to accept the order. We will always ask you for information on where your tank is located when you join the cooperative. We pass this information onto the chosen supplier.

Q. How do I know how much fuel has been delivered into my tank?

A. The chosen oil supplier will put a note through your door detailing the exact number of litres that has been delivered.

Q. What is the VAT charged on oil?

A. The rate of VAT on domestic oil is 5% regardless of how much is ordered.

Q. Why does Choices4Energy, (Scarborough Borough Council) take a 1p per litre?

A. Choices4Energy is a service funded by Scarborough Borough Council that is part funding the Oil buying cooperative. Choices4Energy looked at a number of models running nationally and decided that the most cost effective one for our residents was one where we charge the chosen oil company a referral fee. This ensures that we can effectively manage a number of oil cooperatives on behalf of residents.

Q. Do you provide Aga fuel?

A. Some of our oil suppliers do provide an additive for Aga fuel; this may have a higher cost so please specify this when ordering.

Q. What if I don't know how much oil I need?

A. Although you are able to order a ‘top up’ it is recommended that you make a visual check of your tank to ensure that we are able to make as accurate an order as possible to ensure that the last person in the delivery loop still receives some oil!

Terms and conditions

Oil buying timetable 2020 / 2021

Reminder to all members

Oil Cut-off Date

Oil Order Date

Expected Delivery Date

8th January 2020

21st January 2020

22nd January 2020

27th – 31st January


19th February 2020

3rd March 2020

4th March 2020

9th – 13th March


1st April 2020

14th April 2020

15th April 2020

20th – 24th April


13th May 2020

26th May 2020

27th May 2020

1st – 5th June


24th June 2020

7th July 2020

8th July 2020

13th – 17th July


5th August 2020

18th August 2020

19th August 2020

24th – 28th August


16th September 2020

29th September 2020

30th September 2020

5th – 9th October


28th October 2020

10th November 2020

11th November 2020

16th – 20th November


25th November 2020

8th December 2020

9th December 2020

14th – 18th December


6th January 2021

19th January 2021

20th January 2021

25th – 29th January


17th February 2021

2nd March 2021

3rd March 2021

8th – 12th March


31st March 2021

13th April 2021

14th April 2021

19th – 23rd April