Action Homeless is a charity based in Leicestershire dedicated to tackling the causes of homelessness. Over the past 40 years, Action Homeless has developed and evolved into the leading homelessness charity…READ MORE
Action Homeless is a charity based in Leicestershire dedicated to tackling the causes of homelessness. Over the past 40 years, Action Homeless has developed and evolved into the leading homelessness charity in Leicester supporting around 350 people every year across their 22 sites, and 44 meters. As a charity it is critical to keep business costs under control and Resolve Energy we able to help them make a significant saving.
The charity had previously engaged two energy brokers before becoming involved with Resolve and as a result no single broker was able to look at the organisation as a whole and bring saving across all of the sites.
Resolve performed a full invoice audit for the energy contracts across all 22 sites and it quickly became clear that no efforts had been made by either of the previous brokers to simplify the contracts and save money. The contracts were spread across multiple suppliers, on various rates with completely different end dates. Some meters were actually out of contract and were suffering the high rates as a result.
Resolve were able to arrange backdated contracts for those sites and meters that were out of contract and this resulted in a massive £25,000 refund, a major boost for any charity.
In addition to this, Resolve were able to negotiate new long term energy contracts across all 44 meters with a single supplier that benefit from common end dates. This resulted in an annual saving of over £19,000.
Outcome and Next Steps
Now that the organisation is dealing with a single energy supplier across all of its sites and they are benefitting from more streamlined budgeting and account management.
All the sites in the organisation have been fitted with Smart Meters at no cost which means that all future bills will be based on accurate actual meter readings rather than estimates.
As Action Homeless have since expanded and we have been able to align a further 6 new sites with the common end date contract.