Sussex

Sussex heating oil co-ops urged in bid to lower costs

People in Sussex whose homes are not supplied with gas are being urged to start their own domestic oil-buying groups to force prices down.

Nearly 50,000 homes in the county do not have access to the mains supply and are forced to rely on more expensive types of fuel like heating oil.

Several fuel-buying co-operatives have begun in rural Sussex to try and lower costs.

Two events to make people aware of them are being held in the county later.

Johnny Denis, who lives in Glynde, set up an online co-operative last year, and said he had saved members an average of £56 on October's oil order.

"We're finding our orders are increasing every time," he said.

Promotional events organised by Action in Rural Sussex and the West Sussex Fuel Poverty Partnership, will be held later in Cocking and in Kirdford on Saturday.

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