People living in the West Wight are enjoying lower fuel bills thanks to a scheme launched earlier this year by the Isle of Wight Rural Community Council (RCC). The bulk buying scheme for heating oil, managed through its trading arm Island Community Ventures, has so far signed up 45 members from across the Island, who are without mains gas and therefore rely on the fuel to heat their homes. The RCC reports a good response, particularly from residents of the Brighstone and Niton areas, to recent information events held to explain more about the scheme. Chief Executive Mr Michael Bulpitt said:
Members have already enjoyed savings on the first order that we were able to make of 11,000 litres. With rising fuel bills and the cost of living increasing as well, this scheme could really make a big difference to those concerned about turning on their heating this winter.
Scheme members are able to order as few or as many times as they like during the year and the price is negotiated centrally and uses both bulk buying power and buying expertise to drive down the price as much as possible. Community organisations, the public sector and businesses are also able to join the scheme and make savings by becoming members.
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