The high cost of heating

The cost of heating oil is rising again, just when people are thinking about the colder weather. energy bills is big news.

Based on the average oil price the last few years, the cost of 500 litres (the minimum order quantity) was about £220. Now (September 2023) it's nearly twice that.  

There are many households across Derbyshire that rely on kerosene to heat their homes, in the Derbyshire Dales 40% of property is off the mains gas network.

Oil has always been subject to variable pricing which is influenced by local, national and even international events. Global factors such as the war in Ukraine and OPEC reducing output has an impact on the price we pay for heating oil, fuel for our cars etc. You can read a blog about the oil cost here: Guest Blog - the ups and downs of the cost of oil

With the minimum order of 500 litres costing  over £400 many households just won't be able to afford to it. This means no central heating. Would you want to live through a Derbyshire winter with no central heating?

We are asking for donations to top up our 'Oil Bank' so we can buy 500 litres of oil for those people who just can't afford it.

Whether you can afford £5 or £500, every donation will go directly towards helping a family heat their home this winter.

Our Oil Buying Scheme buys heating oil collectively for members every 2 weeks ensuring everyone has access to affordable oil. To it is free to register and open to any home or business throughout Derbyshire. To Register, simply click the link below.


We have an Oil Bank to help support people who rely on heating oil, but are struggling to make ends meet. This is largely funded by donations from existing members who donate additional litres of oil to their own order, but we also welcome donations of money to top up the pot.

This winter there will be many households turning their heating down, or even off.

To donate, please click on the green button towards the top of this page on the right.

Thank you.