Abernyte Heating Oil Collective
How does Abernyte Heating Oil Collective (AHOC) work and what are the benefits of being a member?
AHOC is a group of like-minded people in and around Abernyte who buy their heating oil as a collective.
Depending on member demand we have three big group fills a season: one in autumn (October/ early November) another early in the New Year, and then one in early spring (March/April). These big fills normally satisfy 90% of member requirements. The big fills currently get a 4 pence per/litre discount on the spot price for 1000 litres on the day of order.
Members that require more frequent fills have an opportunity between the big fills, but these fills may be at a reduced discount – typically 2 pence per/litre, depending on the size of group order at the time.
The AHOC buying group achieves these discounts for its members by providing a heating oil supplier with lower distribution costs and new business. We contract with a supplier for the season, currently Johnson Oils have our business but this is reviewed annually. The group fills help to reduce road tanker miles, which is obviously good for the environment.
AHOC was formed in 2010 and currently has over 40 members and buys over 100,000 litres per year. There are currently no charges for membership and you pay the oil supplier directly at the published group price; we only ask for your loyalty for 1 year at a time and a quick response when a group fill is prompted.
The current AHOC coordinator is: