How to get Cheaper Heating Oil in Devon and Somerset.
Why WOPEC? The simple answer is to make a great saving on your heating oil costs, as we always obtain a very competitive price which you would find difficult to match ordering as an individual. We know you must have many questions and we hope we will be able to answer many of them. View the FAQ’s below to find out if WOPEC may be your answer to cheaper heating oil. If we have not been able to answer all your questions, then please do not hesitate to use the Contact Us link or telephone us direct on 01884 861 186.
The opportunity for you to save money by obtaining your Heating Oil at a better price than you normally would be able to achieve by organising it yourself.
We contact heating oil companies offering to place a bulk order for ‘tens of thousands’ of litres with the company that gives us the best deal. This discounted price, which you would find difficult to achieve ordering as an individual, is then passed directly onto you.
Because every time WOPEC places an order the resultant price per litre is put into Past Orders on the menu bar. It shows the discounted price we managed to achieve in the previous 12 months so that you can compare this price with what you obtained, hopefully seeing the sort of savings you would have made had you been a member of WOPEC.
Under normal circumstances you sensibly would never consider ordering anything without first being aware of the price! So, joining WOPEC does require a “leap of faith” on your part, as you will never know the price before placing a provisional order with us. The reason for this is that we never know what price we will manage to achieve until negotiations with the oil distributors have been completed. To achieve a very competitive price, like we always do, we offer to place a sufficiently large enough order with an oil distributor so as to attract a good discounted price from them, with this price being passed onto you.
Oil prices are extremely volatile, so once a deal has been concluded it is important that we secure the price by sending off details of the members who have ordered as soon as possible. The price is disclosed in the LATEST OIL ORDER link within the Members Page of this web site, normally on the day we place the order, where you can then decide if you still wish to continue with delivery or not. In the unlikely event that you were not happy with the price then you could cancel your order directly with whoever we have placed it with.
After initially completing the membership procedure, none whatsoever, apart from any further communication you may wish to have direct with the heating oil supplier once the following information has been viewed by you in the Members Page on this web site every time we place an order:-
• The name of the heating oil supplier that will be delivering your oil order.
• The price per litre that we have negotiated on your behalf.
• An approximate delivery date.
• Payment options.
• The name of an individual that you can contact if you wish to discuss payment options or to obtain a more accurate delivery date.
At the moment we operate within the whole of Devon and Somerset but hope to eventually extend this opportunity to other regions within the S.W. in the not too distant future.
No, apart from your annual fee, we do not accept any money from you.
You will pay for your oil direct to which ever company we have obtained the best price from, either prior to, on, or after delivery depending on the company’s payment criteria. A few companies, particularly if you personally have not used them before insisting that you pay prior to delivery by credit or debit card.
Once you have decided to confirm your membership and we receive our fee you will have full access to the Members Page on this web site. This will enable you to order heating oil as well as other services offered by us.
Yes, you can, as long as you remember that we will only physically place your order with the oil distributor when we order in bulk on specified days of the month (See Order Frequency on the menu bar).
There is no limit to the amount of times you could order. At present we take orders twice a month during the Autumn/Winter months with the exception of December when we only order once, and once a month during the Spring/Summer so you could in theory order 17 times a year if you so wished. This flexibility means that it is unlikely you will run out of oil and have to order outside of our cooperative thereby paying a considerable amount more.
As much as you require bearing in mind that you only pay 5% VAT if the oil is for domestic consumption and is less than 2,300 litres. If you order more than 2,300 litres at any one time you may be required to sign a disclaimer by the oil supplier, stating that your oil order is only for domestic use. If you are a business, then you will pay 20% VAT.
WOPEC normally passes details of its member’s requirements to the oil supplier on the same day that the order is placed or the following day at the latest. Because we normally order a large volume of oil it does take time for the oil supplier to process and deliver it, with not all members receiving their order on the same day. Most suppliers state that the entire order will be completed over a 10-working day period with this being extended still further during high demand periods such as Christmas or during adverse weather conditions.
- We confirm your order by an immediate e-mail along with the time and date.
- We place all our orders for that month into a large buying ‘pool’.
- We then contact various oil distribution companies to obtain the best price.
- We place your order.
- We send the chosen company your name, address and amount of oil required.
- We then illustrate on the Members Page of this web site which company will be delivering your oil, what the price will be, the payment criteria, an approximate delivery date and a contact name and telephone number.
- You receive the oil and pay the company direct like you normally do.
WOPEC has been organising the delivery of oil for its members for over 10 years and so far the price has been the same for all, but this cannot be guaranteed in the future. With WOPEC increasing the size of its catchment area there may be occasions when a good per litre oil price has been obtained from an oil distribution company that does not normally deliver to certain areas of Devon or Somerset. If this situation were to arise then a small surcharge may be incurred to members residing in those areas to cover the additional delivery expense.