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Places of worship play a key role in the community. It is crucial that these places are maintained and running efficiently to continue to serve the community. Saving money on energy is one of the biggest impacts on the operating costs to these buildings.

It is difficult to decide which energy deal is best suited for each place of worship. Business Energy can provide you with all the help and advice you need to find a suitable energy tariff. We’ll manage your supplier switch and ensure that your transition to a new energy contract goes smoothly.

We know that many religious groups are committed to helping with environmental sustainability. We offer a range of green and renewable energy tariffs at great prices. Our experts can provide you with guidance on how to improve your church’s efficiency.

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Reduce Your Church or Place of Worship’s Energy Bills

Places of worship are often poorly insulated, leading to expensive heating bills. However, there are ways you can reduce the energy used to help cut costs. For example, draught-proofing and heat retention can go a long way towards efficiency.

Most places of worship are eligible for a 5% reduction on their VAT payments due to their charitable status. You can find out if you are paying the reduced rate by looking at a recent energy bill.

Many religious affiliations are keen supporters of the Kyoto protocol agreement. Many organisations have affirmed their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions by 80% within the next 30 years.

Business Energy can help you compare energy prices to find a cheaper deal for your gas and electricity. Our experts can also recommend ways for you to reduce your energy consumption to help you boost savings.

Simply provide your building’s location, contact information and energy requirements. In just a few seconds, we’ll locate exclusive offers at great prices. All our recommended tariffs will match the needs of your congregation and space.

Heating and cooling

Around 70% of the energy used in a place of worship or community space goes towards heating. Improving your building’s heating efficiency is therefore essential if you want to reduce your energy bills.

Firstly, we recommend assessing how your space is being used. Places of worship have allocated times for services and meetings. So using a timer to set the heating to come on at specific times can help to reduce energy wastage. Additionally, encourage all members to close windows and doors in order to keep as much heat in as possible. It may be helpful to close any entrances to unused areas. This will lower the amount of energy needed to heat the building.

Measures such as insulation and double-glazing can help to restore the efficiency of old church buildings. However, these options can be expensive.

If you’re looking to reduce heat loss, we recommend draught-proofing your doors and windows. Most draught-proofing equipment can be purchased from a DIY store.


Lighting can be a key contributor to high energy bills. Luckily, it can be pretty simple for you to improve your church’s lighting efficiency. For example, ensure that your lights are only turned on when needed to reduce energy wastage. You should aim to make use of natural light as much as possible. You may wish to install motion sensors to ensure that lights aren’t used unnecessarily.

Installing energy-efficient LED lights will also help to increase energy efficiency. LEDs are 90% more efficient than traditional incandescent lightbulbs, and they’re also longer lasting. You could also replace any fluorescent lights with T5 tubes to increase energy efficiency.

Ventilation and draughts

Issues with damp are common in older buildings and this can make them harder to heat. If your place of worship has damp issues, you should fix it immediately. 

Does your church have a ventilation system? If so, ensure that it is cleaned on a regular basis. It’s been claimed that your ventilation system can be 25% more efficient when it is maintained.

Energy generation

Some community centres and places of worship have chosen to generate their own energy.  Solar panels and wind turbines can be easily installed to help boost efficiency. You could also profit from this by selling your excess energy to the National Grid. Bear in mind that renewable energy installations require planning permission. You will need to arrange a consultation with a qualified engineer.

Why Choose Business Energy for Your Church’s Energy Switch?

Expert support and advice

Our experts will support you all the way through your supplier switching process. We’ll also be on hand to answer any questions and offer professional energy advice.

Quick and easy comparisons

Our comparison engine will find the best deals for your gas and electricity within a matter of seconds.

Leading and independent suppliers

We offer access to great deals. These are from the nation’s Big Six energy suppliers and independent providers.

Tariffs best suited to your needs

We treat all our customers as individuals and find a deal that is specifically tailored to their needs.

We have successfully assisted over a quarter of a million customers to switch energy supplier.

Track your switch online

You can keep up to date on the progress of your switch using our innovative ‘Track My Switch’ tool.

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Energy saving tips for places of worship

Many consider places of worship to be the cornerstone of the community. To keep your religious buildings safe and efficient, you should aim to improve your energy efficiency. Controlling and monitoring your energy usage are key tasks.

Below we outline some tips to help you get better control over your church’s energy consumption and lower your bills.

Switch your place of worship’s utilities with Business Energy

We aim to ensure that you never overpay for your gas, electricity or water supply. With our help, you’ll choose tariffs that will give you the best value for your money and help you save.

Business Gas

Reduce your church’s heating bill by switching gas suppliers with Business Energy. We offer access to some of the best deals on the market.

Business Electricity

We’re a team of business electricity experts. So, you can rest assured that we’ll help you find a suitable deal.

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Did you know that you could switch water suppliers? Compare water suppliers with us to find out how much you could save.


  • How long does it take to switch your place of worship’s energy supplier?

    Switching energy suppliers for your place of worship is likely to take longer than a domestic energy switch.

    On average, it could take around 4-6 for your energy switch to be completed. These timescales can vary but you should note that your switch will not affect your energy supply.

  • Can I compare energy suppliers for more than one location?

    If you have more than one place of worship, a multi-site energy contract may be a suitable option.

    With a multi-site contract, you could consolidate your energy meters and billing into one account. This could make it easier for you to manage and keep track of the energy usage across all your different sites. 

    Our energy advisors can provide you with all the information you need about multi-site energy contracts. They can help you select a suitable deal.

  • What do I do if my place of worship is overpaying VAT for electricity and gas?

    We suggest that you look at a recent energy bill. If you’ve been paying 20% VAT whilst your church has charitable status, it’s likely that you’ve been overcharged. You can claim money back from this overpayment by contacting your energy supplier. You’ll need to complete a VAT declaration form to apply for a refund.

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