Places of Worship
As a place of worship, it’s only natural that you should be a good supervisor of the earth’s natural resources – that means saving energy.
From a practical point of view your place of worship will want to save money on the energy it consumes. Many places of worship have finite financial resources and so saving money which could be used elsewhere in your community is always a good idea.
Switch your energy provider
While both individual and businesses know that switching an energy provider does bring financial savings, the majority of them still do nothing about it. The idea of switching your place of worship’s gas and electricity supplier may seem like too much hard work, it could be seen as too time consuming or perhaps you just don’t know where to start.
The good news is that now you can ask Utility Bidder, an award winning and industry leading commercial energy provider to source new utility providers for your place of worship – and all at no cost to you.
The process couldn’t be easier:
- Sign a letter of authorization to allow Utility Bidder to act on behalf of your place of worship.
- Provide Utility Bidder with your old gas, electricity and water bills.
- Put the kettle on!
It’s that easy. The energy experts at Utility Bidder work with all the leading energy providers to scan the market to find the best price for your place of worship utilities.
As well as switching your utility provider for your place of worship there are other ways you can reduce your energy use and your carbon footprint
Energy usage in your place of worship will be determined by the number of hours your building is in use. As well as traditional services of worship, it could be used for rites of passage ceremonies such as weddings, funeral and baptisms as well as being a natural gathering place for local community groups.
Each time your place of worship is used for any purpose, the cost of heating, lighting and water should be taken into consideration and measures to keep these costs to a minimum could be implemented. Here are five points to consider:
- Does the whole building needs to be heated and lit if only a small part of it is in use?
- Will a thermostat be useful to ensure the heating only comes on as and when it is needed?
- Would installing a smart meter help you understand how you use energy?
- Would low flow taps save water usage?
- Could you replace your standard lightbulbs with new LED energy efficient lighting and could movement sensors save money in places such as toilets and store rooms?
Saving ££££s on your bills
Did you know that places of worship with an income of £100,000 or less are classed as charities? This means, subject to the business activities of the place of worship, you may only need to pay a reduced VAT tariff of 5% on your energy bills and not the standard VAT rate of 20%. If your place of worship has been paying a higher VAT rate, Utility Bidder can easily find out and help you claim back your over payments – this could amount to quite a significant amount of money.
Utility Bidder has worked with numerous place of worship to save them money on their energy bills. And of course, each place or worship is quite different but we do know that we can save you money on your current gas and electricity bills.
Most of our places of worship clients will see a saving of between 10 – 25% on their current energy costs. That could represent significant savings which you could put to much better use. There is no time like the present to start saving money on your place of worship energy. Talk to Utility Bidder today.