“During my time as treasurer I have had to “endure” many occasions negotiating energy contracts directly with gas and electricity providers,” says Humphrey… but that’s come to an end since he started working with Utilitywise.
Humphrey Clarke has been Treasurer of St Barnabas Church, Sutton for the past ten years.
“During my time as treasurer I have had to ‘endure’ many occasions negotiating energy contracts directly with gas and electricity providers. None was undertaken without problems.
“When a Utilitywise rep approached me about two years before our next contract was due to expire, such was his enthusiasm for how he could help us I said I would consider recommending to our Church Council that we use him if he contacted me again nearer the time when our next renewal was due.
“He duly did and has made things a great deal easier for us. He was able to negotiate a five-year contract for gas – we had only been offered up to three-year ones by companies themselves in the past. It was also agreed a year in advance, giving us peace of mind and ensuring that we were immune from any further price rises between then and the start of the contract – previously we could only negotiate contracts up to 90 days before their renewal. He was also able to negotiate a contract for our electricity supply on a similar basis.
“I am now looking forward to a smooth changeover of suppliers when the existing contracts expire in the knowledge that we have one point of contact who is in control of the situation and readily available on the end of a phone if anything should go wrong.
“He has also arranged for a subsidiary company of Utilitywise to provide us with a full energy report at no cost which will tell us precisely where and how much power we are using on various appliances and how we might be able to reduce our consumption.
“He has been able to take away all the hassle and worry involved in negotiating energy contracts and I have no hesitation in recommending Utilitywise.”
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“Our church commissioned Utilitywise to act on our behalf to assess whether we were paying too much for our gas and electric bills. As we own several properties and have a large church building, we have a large annual outlay in energy bills and are always looking for ways to minimise these.
“I’m pleased to say that Utilitywise identified that our energy supplier had been charging us at a higher rate of VAT than should have been the case. As a result of their liaison with the supplier, our church was able to reclaim a large refund from where we were overcharged on our energy bills.
“Throughout the process Utilitywise were professional and I would recommend their expertise as a means of helping other charitable organisations deal with a complex energy market.”
Clerk to the Deacons’ Court, Church
“Brother Lawrence Yehia of Utilitywise contacted us and said he would like to discuss ways of assisting the Masjid in lowering its energy usage hence lowering what we pay. I was sceptical, but … he presented us with a quote that was more competitive than we were paying and a proposed energy audit which came with the proposal at no extra cost.
“We now have a gas contract that is price-protected for five years plus our energy audit, which shows significant ways of reducing what we use. Lawrence is now our dedicated consultant who will handle all aspects of the masjid’s energy queries – no more contacting energy suppliers and being kept on hold forever, and no more worrying if and when the energy tariff will come to an end.
“I would recommend Lawrence and his team at Utilitywise to handle your energy, and if you receive a call or a visit from them, listen and let them do what they do best.”
Raja Zafar Iqbal
Secretary, Pakistan Muslim Association
“On behalf of St. John’s Parochial Church Council, I would like to express our appreciation for your efforts and especially those of your energy consultant, Alessandro, for the investigations into obtaining competitive tariffs for new contracts in respect of electricity and gas supplies on expiry of the existing contracts.”
W I Borthwick
“I was intrigued to be contacted by Utilitywise and their offer to negotiate gas and electricity prices for our Christian charity. They proved polite, efficient, straight and non-pushy. Their help cost us nothing, they negotiated the best possible deal for us and arranged for a smooth transfer between suppliers. Their staff are always friendly and nothing is too much trouble.”
“Here at Albirr Foundation we have six locations and we didn’t pay much attention to our energy bills and whether we were in a contract or not. This all changed when Brother Yehia contacted us. At first I thought he was just another salesperson, but what was different about him is that he genuinely wanted to save us money and most importantly he was persistent and didn’t give up until he had won us over. He really opened up our eyes and showed us how much money we could be saving.”
Imam, Masjid Albirr
“Having had an energy consultant for a number of years we were very concerned about the future when he decided to retire. As we have appointed Utilitywise and working with David White we have found that our concerns were unfounded. They have been very efficient in all their dealings with us and have an excellent knowledge of our requirements and their industry. They have worked in a very timely manner to bring all of our utility contracts up to date and we have been very satisfied with the deals they have been able to negotiate. We have no hesitation in recommending Utilitywise and David White to anyone.”
“Utilitywise were really helpful, enabling us to get really competitive prices for both our gas and electricity. In addition, they were able to link all our different meters, so that our contracts now all end on the same date. I get a lot of calls from utility companies, so it is great to be able to tell them that we are in contract now for the foreseeable future!”