Sustainable Church Buildings Project to help Islington churches cut energy use

The Diocese of London and the Cloudesley charitable trust have launched a new project to help Islington parishes reduce their energy use through the care and maintenance of their church buildings.

Government's New Solar Strategy targets Commercial and Community Roofs

Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".

The Minister was launching the Governments new strategy document on solar energy.  This includes a range of proposals which could make it easier for charities to install solar pv on their buildings.   

Call for clearer Energy Tariffs for Business

The Federation of Small Business has called for energy companies to provide better information for small businesses. 

Last year the Government to forced the big utility companies to make their energy tariffs more transparent for householders. Now the Federation of Small Business  (FSB) wants the same rules to apply to businesses.

NUS to Rent Light Bulbs

The National Union of Students’ (NUS) has decided to rent, not buy, the light bulbs for its new offices at Macadam House in London.  

Rather than buying the bulbs and then paying for the electricity, the NUS renting the whole package from technology giant Philips. The NUS will pay a flat rate for the energy they use and Philips will take care of the bulbs.

Church denies Claims that it is eyeing Fracking Profits

The Church of England has denied claims that it is hoping to cash in on "fracking" by claiming the mineral rights to land under hundreds of thousands of homes.

Councils use collective switching to get Best Energy Deals

Charity Facilities Management members earlier this year discussed ideas to cut energy costs, from using brokers to buying energy direct.  Local councils are increasingly using the power of collective bargaining to drive down their residents' energy bills.  Is this a model that charities could use?

Ofgem warns of 'rogue' Energy Brokers

The energy regulator Ofgem wants the power to protect businesses from what it calls “rogue brokers” - energy brokers that mis-sell energy deals.

Ofgem says it has found that between 14% and 17% of businesses which had used brokers were not satisfied with them.  The regulator was concerned about cold calling, high-pressure sales tactics and unprofessional behaviour from brokers.

How much should charity facilities managers be budgeting for energy costs in the coming year?

Trying to guess the extent of likely price rises is a difficult task. Energy costs and price rises, have been constantly in the news, but trying to establish a figure to put in your budget is not easy.

January 2013

We are running a survey to compare charities' energy costs.

December 20th, 2012

The Charities FM Group will address the topic of rising energy costs at the December 2012 meeting.