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Energy Switching

How can you find money here?


Charities with premises buy their energy in the same way as a business - typically in 1 / 2 or 3 year fixed contracts.  Rates currently range from 11-33p/kWh for electricity and from 3.5-9p/kWh for gas so shopping around the 40 or so different suppliers can save a lot of money. If you've been with the same supplier for a year or more, the chances are you'll find substantial savings by switching or even just re-negotiating.

Typical energy prices for charities

  • Electricity
  • Gas
 
Unit Price
Standing Charge
Annual Total
Out of Contract
30p
70p / day
£7,725
Default Tariff
15p
33p / day
£3,870
New Contract
11p
23p / day
£2,834
*Based on 25,000 kWh electricity
 
Unit Price
Standing Charge
Annual Total
Out of Contract
9p
120p / day
£4,938
Default Tariff
5p
55p / day
£2,701
New Contract
3.5p
0p / day
£1,750
*Based on 50,000 kWh gas

Comparing the best deals for charities


Often the best prices for charities are found via established business energy brokers - and using one means that you don't have all the legwork of calling round the different suppliers for quotes.

They earn their fee from the suppliers and the prices they quote are fixed - so there are no hidden charges - and the decent ones will make sure you don't end up rolling back on to expensive rates when your fixed term expires.

For one that really understands charities (with over 5,000 not-for-profit customers), try  Make It Cheaper - with whom Back of the Sofa has a partnership - and can be reached for instant quotes on 0800 158 5299.

Using our charity energy comparison service

What have other charities found?

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Back of the Sofa were extremely professional in assisting us with gaining a Vat Rebate. Nick dealt with all of our enquiries and ensured we got the best return possible. I would recommend to everyone.

Sammi Wills

The Priory Care Home

£8,500

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We’re going to book the Bahamas for our AGM (joke!)

Alastair Dinsmore

Glasgow Police Museum

Found £600

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We had no idea that, for years, we’d been over-charged on our electricity bill until we showed one to Back of the Sofa who pointed out the mistakes. We were really impressed about how they
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We had no idea that, for years, we’d been over-charged on our electricity bill until we showed one to Back of the Sofa who pointed out the mistakes. We were really impressed about how they then took our supplier to task and managed to get it refunded. All we had to do was sign a letter to nominate them to look into it – which as a small charity saved us considerable time and effort. Back of the Sofa is a great idea. I’d highly recommend them to any charity to make sure they’re not overpaying VAT on their utility costs and have more money for their charitable cause at hand.
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Manfred Meyer

MyBnk

Found £1,236

Doing it yourself


If you are happy to go it alone and call round different suppliers yourself, here are some tips:

  1. Anytime from 6 months before contract end date (found on a bill) is a good time to shop around.
  2. You’ll also need an idea of your annual consumption and your current suppliers.
  3. If you agree a new deal, you’ll need to write to your current supplier to serve notice.
  4. Charities are permitted to pay the domestic rate of VAT (5% rather than 20%) and they are also exempt from Climate Change Levy that takes another lump off the bill. Make sure your quotes take this into account and you fill out the necessary declaration form if you decide to go ahead.
  5. Even if the price is ‘fixed’, ask if the tariff includes ‘pass-through charges’ (these are third party costs that the supplier often passes on to you and so can increase your bill mid-contract).

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