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The Methodist Church, in conjunction with 2buy2, is now able to
offer central energy purchasing for Connexional properties -
churches, halls etc. This is a great way to both save money and cut
our carbon footprint.
The Hope in
God's Future report commits the Methodist Church to reducing
our carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. The energy used to light and
heat our buildings is one of the biggest contributors to our carbon
footprint, and also one of our biggest expenses. We spend millions
each year on energy. If we could save just 10% of that, it frees up
huge sums for mission and to invest in our buildings to further
reduce energy consumption - saving even more money and carbon in
Frequently asked questions
Why should we do this?
We believe that by using the contracts managed by 2buy2, Methodist
churches can significantly reduce the amount of time and money they
spend on their energy buying. Working in partnership with 2buy2
also enables us to benefit from links with other denominations
including the Church of England and Church in Wales helping us all
to be better stewards of our resources.
So you can save money, save time and save the planet.
Who are 2buy2?
2buy2 are a national buying service for churches and charities
throughout the UK. All 2buy2 approved suppliers are regularly
monitored to ensure that you get quality products and great
service, at very competitive prices. With 2buy2 you can buy with
confidence, enabling you to steward your resources effectively and
save you time and money - not just to put in the bank, but to put
back into your mission and ministry.
2buy2 are offering their energy service to help us reach our
target of lowering the Church's carbon footprint by 80%. There are
currently three options when purchasing your energy through
Services available with 2buy2:
- Green energy from Good Energy, a 100% green energy supplier:
- You can access their standard pricing - with introductory
discount! - by signing up through 2buy2. Or…
- You can register for theRenewable Energy Group Buying
Initiative, which aims to save you money and save the planet in the
process. There are more details on this initiative below.
- Standard (brown energy) from My Utility Genius (previously
known as Solis Consulting):
- My Utility Genius provide a brokerage service, sourcing
competitive energy quotes, saving you time and money!
- Heating Oils from EMO Oil, part of GB Oils:
- Provides transparent pricing shown daily on the 2buy2 website
(log-in required) with delivery within 3-5 days.
What is the Renewable Energy Group Buying
2buy2, working in partnership with our approved supplier Good
Energy, are offering a one year fixed renewable energy contract to
Methodist churches. The idea is simple - sign up for one year on a
fixed-rate electricity tariff, safe in the knowledge that you're
buying 100% renewable energy. Depending on how much you use,
your church can even buy gas through their dual fuel option as
well. Some of the proceeds from this go towards helping people who
generate their own renewable heat.
We think this way to buy energy represents a good opportunity to
work towards a carbon reduction strategy for your church, and
potentially save money too! Buying as a group allows Good Energy to
offer discounted pricing ensuring that you get value for money.
Plus, it gives you a chance to work together with other Methodist
churches across the UK in order to help achieve these savings. The
more churches that sign up, the better the Initiative will be,
helping to reach our target of reducing the Church's carbon
footprint by 80%. If you are interested in learning about how you
can switch to green energy and reduce the cost of doing so then
contact 2buy2 on the details below.You must register your interest
in the Initiative by 21st October 2013.
What about standard energy?
Alongside the desire to promote the use of green energy we
recognise that many churches are focussed on achieving the lowest
cost possible for their energy. In response to this, the
Connexional Team, in conjunction with 2buy2, are looking to develop
an energy basket which will help churches to reduce their costs and
take the stress out of purchasing energy. We had originally hoped
to be in a position to run the basket this year. We have now taken
the decision to delay the launch until October 2014 to ensure that
we have a sufficient number of churches to achieve the best result
possible. A number of churches have already begun to do this
through the 2buy2 service following our earlier promotion of the
To get the basket up and running we will need to have churches
aligned to the same contract end date. Creating a single Methodist
contract end date may mean that many churches over the coming
months will have to take contracts that are shorter than 1 year.
This shouldn't mean higher costs for your gas or electricity in the
short term though and will result in much bigger savings in the
long term. To register your interest or to sign up to join the
basket, please see the details below, under 'OK - how do I do it?'
Or you can contact 2buy2 on the details at the bottom of the
We've just signed a new contract!
No problem. You can still register your interest for energy
options with 2buy2. When you've registered, you can let them know
when your contract ends and they'll be in touch closer to the time
to discuss your options. We're hoping to run the Initiative every
year and maybe even let churches join 6 months in, so it's worth
registering to make sure you don't miss out.
How much will I save?
It depends on how many churches sign up for the Initiative - the
more the better! Pricing will be made availablebeforeyou sign a
contract, so you'll know exactly how much you'll be paying - and
how much you'll be saving.
How much carbon will I cut?
It depends! If you sign up for the Green Electricity option,
you'll already be cutting the carbon footprint of the Connexion. If
you take the money saved and put that to further energy reduction
measures, then you'll be saving even more and cutting the footprint
of your own church.
OK - how do I do it?
The first step is to go to the 2buy2 energy page. Click on
the 'Register Now' button, and then complete all the details.
If you'd like more information on either of the Good Energy
options, please tick 'Green Energy' in the 'Interested In' section
of the registration. If you'd like more information on My Utility
Genius and the energy basket, please tick 'Gas/Electricity'. For GB
Oils, tick 'Oil'. You can tick multiple boxes.
Who should make the decision to sign up?
The decision may lie with the minister, the property steward or
the treasurer, or any combination of these. It doesn't matter who
signs up, as long as someone who has knowledge of the buildings
energy bills does.
What happens next?
You will receive confirmation of your registration within one
working day. 2buy2 will verify that your church is part of the
Connexion and eligible for the service. You will then be able to
login to the website, where you can complete a form to register
specifically for the Renewable Energy Group Buying Initiative. If
you have expressed interest in the other schemes, someone will
contact you within three days of registering to discuss your energy
I'd like to find out more…
The 2buy2 Account Manager for Methodist churches, Cameron James,
would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding 2buy2
and their energy options. You can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 2buy2
on: 03333 201 015. Alternatively, you can visit their website for
more information. The website also has information on other
products and services on offer - all managed to the same high
standard as the energy service. These services are also open for
all Methodist churches to use.