Charity energy suppliers
Better energy suppliers for your charity
What should you be looking for in charity energy suppliers? Lowest prices, customer service, fully fixed contracts (you’d be surprised), green tariffs? Call us for advice.
We are extremely well-placed to advise on charity energy suppliers. Working with 20-25 energy suppliers, we can advise on a good fit for your charity. Our charity customers include office based charities. And churches, village halls, and clubs with charitable status.
“Our charity has been extremely satisfied with every part of our dealings with Perfect Clarity. If you are looking to switch to a better electricity deal, Perfect Clarity is your best bet!”
Office manager, charity in Oxfordshire – Client since 2019
What are you looking for in your energy supplier?
For most charities, it is price. Charities (just like businesses) prefer to keep costs to a minimum.
There can be other factors to consider though.
What is lurking in their small print? Are their fixed prices completely fixed? Are they able to cope with sharp spikes in the price of gas or electricity? Is their billing cycle monthly or quarterly? What is their customer service like? Accuracy of billing? Is it easy to log meter readings? Do they auto-renew on higher prices? Whatever your concerns, please let us know. We are here to help and advise you. Completely independently, I should point out.
Of course, it may solely come down to price. In which case you have come to the right place. Call us for advice on 020 3372 6517.
Or continue reading below for more advice on energy suppliers for your charity.
Large choice of charity energy suppliers
As a charity, you have a very large choice of energy tariffs from many energy companies. Where do you start?
When shopping around for options, many charities limit themselves to the domestic energy suppliers they know (and understandably trust). Such as British Gas, EDF, and EON for example.
However, in addition to the ‘big 6’ energy companies, there are many others, giving a very large market of suppliers to choose from.
Some are small UK companies. Others are larger and more established. From experience, the level of customer service and general competency can also vary, depending on the energy supplier. We can advise on all aspects of each supplier for you.
For example, do you know which energy suppliers could actually increase prices during a fixed price contract? It’s all tucked away in their terms and conditions that you agree to when signing up. We check the small print for you.
Which suppliers will auto-renew you for another 12 months at higher prices? Some years ago, all suppliers did this. Fortunately, most will now put you on a variable rate which you can leave with 30 days notice. There are still some who still employ this practice though.
And what about the length of contract you are going to commit to? Which direction is the market heading?
It is also worth noting, that as a charity, you pay commercial energy rates, not residential rates. This is also the same for churches, village halls, and community centres.
Below we have outlined the major differences in the commercial energy market compared to the domestic market (which you are probably more familiar with). It may be helpful for you when it comes to managing your contract with a new energy supplier. Or, indeed, in your search for a supplier.
Charities and the commercial energy market
If you are dipping your toe into the business energy market for the first time, there are some important difference to be aware of. These are largely cooling off periods, legally binding contracts, and variable rates.
Cooling off periods
When arranging your domestic energy supply, you will have the cushion of a cooling off period if you change your mind.
There is no such option to change your mind after you have signed a commercial energy contract. Your contract is legally binding once received by the energy supplier. So please ensure you are happy with the length of contract you have committed to.
Variable rate vs Fixed rate
Given the above, you may be tempted to remain on a variable rate contract. This isn’t at all advisable with business energy rates. In the commercial sector, choosing a fixed term contract is by far the cheapest method of paying for your energy use.
For example, variable rates for electricity can often be double that of a fixed rate contract. Electricity prices over 20p per kWh on a variable (or deemed) rate are not unheard of. These are tariffs you should obviously avoid at all costs.
Therefore it is important to know when your fixed term contract ends. If you don’t have another fixed term contact ready and in place, you will be billed on much higher, variable rates. Worse still, some energy suppliers still auto-renew you onto another 12 month contract. Beware the small print.
For advice on energy suppliers, please call us on 020 3372 6517 (or freephone 0800 977 5462). It is advisable to do so several months before your current energy contract expires.
We look forward to being of help.
The independent energy broker
Perfect Clarity are a leading UK business energy broker. Businesses of all sizes use our services to source energy and water prices.
Unlike many other brokers, we are on hand throughout your business energy contracts should you need any support.
Call us for clarity on your business energy prices. Perfect Clarity.
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