A new scheme will offer thousands of Methodist churches in Britain the chance to save money, time and energy on their electricity, gas and oil bills.
The Methodist Church is recommending that all Methodist properties buy their energy through 2buy2.
The Church's approved buying group are offering negotiated energy tariffs from suppliers that they manage on behalf of signed up member churches. This allows them to 'bulk buy', identifying the best suppliers of gas, electricity and oil at the best prices, they say.
"This is a great opportunity for all Methodist properties to save time, money and energy by grouping together," claimed Rob Kissick, 2buy2's Director. "The more properties that sign up, the greater the savings will be. We are excited by the potential for those savings to be spent on mission and ministry in our communities and reducing energy consumption."
Churches will be encouraged to put the money they save towards energy saving measures for their buildings, thus cutting their carbon footprint and saving even more money in the future. Churches will also have the opportunity to purchase green electricity through the scheme, with a discount on standard tariffs.
"The Church has already made a clear commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 80 per cent by the year 2020," added Julie Robinson-Judd, Connexional Property Coordinator. "Energy saving measures cost money, and we hope that by taking simple practical steps in buying our energy, we can free up funds to shrink both our bills and our environmental impact. It's a huge task, but together we can do it."
But the Methodist Church has nevertheless faced criticism for seeking to profit from oil and mining investments despite its green pledges. It says it aims to "use its investments to fight climate change", but critics say that companies it invests in are involved in destructive and harmful activity.
The new energy scheme applies not just to churches, but to any property that is managed within a Methodist circuit (local network), such as schools and manses (ministers' houses).
Churches do not have to wait until their current energy contact expires before registering for the service, the Methodist Church says.
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