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Charity Energy

How can you save money here?


Energy tops our to-do list because - if you're  running a building - it's one of your biggest overheads. And - if you've been with the same supplier for a year or more - the chances are you'll find worthwhile savings (eg 20%) by switching supplier or even just negotiating a new contract with your current one. However, this needn't be a headache. Our Charity Energy Service (0800 158 5299) will satisfy your curiosity and give you competitive like-for-like prices so you can weigh-up if / when it's worth switching. We can then take care of that for you, plus we'll make sure you're paying a reduced rate of VAT  if eligible.

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

Staying on the best energy deals


There's little point in switching supplier unless you're able to stay on the best rates. That's why we've partnered with Make It Cheaper (0800 158 5299) to make sure you do - forever. Its Best Buy renewal service ('Do It For You') allows you to set preferences - eg green electricity only - and will automatically place you with the best deal from a wide panel of suppliers when your renewal comes up. This is Trustee-friendly because tells you well in advance exactly what is going to happen and allows you to opt-out at any time. It's Treasurer-friendly too because it does all the legwork involved in shopping around.

What have other charities found?

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I kept putting off doing the Back to the Sofa health check as thought it would just be another one of those things to get your details then bombard you with rubbish but how wrong
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I kept putting off doing the Back to the Sofa health check as thought it would just be another one of those things to get your details then bombard you with rubbish but how wrong I was! By completing the health check Back to the Sofa picked up that we were being charged a higher rate of VAT than we should have been as a Charity and that we were being charged the Climate Levy we should not have been. So glad I bothered in the end as we have now received an overall refund from both our Electricity and Gas suppliers of around £1360.00!!! I would happily recommend taking the health check to anyone. Going forward we will save approx £100.00 a month, subject to the amount of gas and electricity we use of course which will mean more funds are available to help the many good causes we support. Thanks again Back to the Sofa!
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Karen Medler

Meadow Way Chapel

£1,360

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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

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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