The Mid-Hudson Fuel Buying Co-op has been offering discounted heating fuel, services, and equipment to its members by negotiating with local suppliers since 2013. The co-op also promotes energy conservation and alternative energy use. Currently the co-op serves Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Sullivan and Greene counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
The heating season runs from July through April the following year. The co-op negotiates discounted prices for fuel oil, propane, kerosene and service contracts in June for the following season. Applications for co-op membership are open in the summer. Members fill out a co-op application form and contract directly with the co-op supplier for fuel and other products and services. Membership in the co-op is $15/yr which covers administrative costs and online registration. The co-op hosts an annual summer pot luck where members can meet and share information on energy efficiency and conservation.
The co-op is administered by a small group of unpaid volunteers. All members are invited to share in the administrative tasks involved in running the co-op.
Online registration is available June-July for the following season. Negotiated prices are posted on this website and on the Facebook page. The Facebook page is open to members and non members of the co-op and we encourage comments and posts related to heating and energy conservation issues.