Using the Service

Clergy or treasurers just need to provide the following information:

  • Name of Parish and whether the Church/Church Hall/Vicarage has just electricity, or also a gas supply.
  • The number of separately billed supplies and whether or not any of them are tied into a term contract.  (If unsure, please check with the current supplier).
  • The tariff being charged on the most recent energy bill for each supply, or if coming to the end of a contract – the new contract tariffs.
  • Whether the Church Council is also paying for telephone and broadband services in the Church/Benefice Office or Parsonage, and their current cost.

This information can be telephoned through to or sent by post to or e-mailed to:  Ideally we would like to see a copy of a recent bill for each supply; alternatively the attached Parish Utility Costs Survey form can be used to collate the information.

If this initial check indicates worthwhile savings, CFS will agree with the Church Treasurer the way in which the savings information should be presented for further consideration, by say the Church Council/Standing Committee.  We will then help with any subsequent transfer application and the associated VAT Declaration.

If there are no savings to be made, the Church Treasurer will at least have the benefit of an up-to-date power price comparison.

  • Obtain an up to date price comparison on their utility expenditure.
  1. Utility prices change frequently; in particular energy costs. Today’s lowest priced contract is seldom available in subsequent years.  Energy costs are one of the highest outgoings for churches and charities, and therefore need to be regularly reviewed.  (Details Here)
  • Switch provider to reduce energy and telephony costs.
  1. Despite de-regulation, most churches and charities still retain their electricity supplies with the regional electricity company, gas supplies with British Gas and telephony/broadband with BT. These companies seldom reward such loyalty, and savings of 20% and more can be readily obtained through switching to alternative providers.  (Start the Process Here)
  • Identify and recover erroneously charged Climate Change Levies (CCL) and higher rate VAT.
  1. The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is a government tax levied on commercial energy supplies using in excess of 33k/WH of electricity and/or 150k/WH of gas per day. A CCL also attracts the higher 20% rate of VAT. Churches and charities using their energy for charitable non-business purposes are exempt CCL and only pay the lower 5% rate of VAT on their energy.  However many churches and charities with comparatively high energy usage are often found to be erroneously paying CCL and higher rate VAT.  If your church or charity is in this category, these charges are easily stopped and the past three years of overcharges reclaimed. For details on how to do this (Click Here).
  • Go ‘green’ through switching to a renewable electricity supply.
  1. Many charities and churches would like to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings. An effective way to do this is through switching to a renewable energy supply.  Special rates have been negotiated for charities and churches with several ‘green’ energy companies and dependent upon supply type it is often possible to both save energy costs and ‘go green’. To ascertain the cost of a ‘green’ supply option please (Click Here).
  • Prevent existing energy contracts ‘rolling-over’ into poorly priced follow-on contracts.
  1. Most energy companies offer substantial discounts for charities and churches initially entering into contracts with them. Such deals never extend beyond the contract period, and substantial price rises of up to 50% are often levied on contracts which are ‘rolled over’.  Because of this, energy companies impose strict deadlines for serving notice on existing contracts.  Charities and churches are given only 28 days to consider alternatives and often a decision is required up to 4 months before the current contracts end.  Missing the deadline date by a single day automatically leads to a ‘roll-over’ into a higher priced contract.  Appeals to OFGEM invariably result in them ‘finding’ for the energy company.  If your supply is nearing the end of contract, and you are in the ‘time window’ for making a decision on whether to remain with the current supplier please (Click Here).
  • Make reductions on charity/parish office and vicarage telephony and broadband expenditure.
  1. As with energy, telephony and broadband costs can be substantially reduced through switching supplier. This leads to not only lower prices but also a vastly improved level of service.  Current Telephone numbers are retained and the transfer process is straightforward.  For details on how your charity or church can reduce telephony/broadband costs please (Click Here).