Grouping orders can cut costs for fuel – and more

Being part of an achat groupé (group purchase), where consumers join to make a bulk purchase, can result in lower fuel prices for electricity, gas, oil, wood and pellets – and cheaper back-to-school equipment.

Consumer magazine UFC-Que Choisir was the first to introduce the idea. It started in 2013 and it renews its Energie moins chère ensemble (Energy cheaper together) campaign for gas and electricity nearly every year. It estimates that participants save, on average, €155 a year.

The idea caught on and other internet sites began offering similar deals.

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