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Business Electricity Plans for Schools and Churches

Learn how Choose Energy can help you find the best electricity plan for your organization.

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Electricity for churches and schools

If you run a church or school in a deregulated energy market, you can choose the best energy provider for your building’s needs. You can tailor your commercial energy rate and plan to suit your organization’s electricity usage habits. A good energy plan can support your efforts to improve your business’s energy efficiency.

Understanding energy usage in churches and schools

Energy usage patterns in schools and churches can vary significantly. They’re also very different from residential electricity consumption habits. For example, schools will use most of their energy during weekdays when students and teachers are in the building. Churches typically need reliable power during their services and in the evenings to support community projects or events.

Several other factors will determine your organization’s electricity consumption. The number of students or congregants you have, the size of your rooms, and the type of building you own will all have an impact. That’s why it’s important to purchase a business energy plan customized to your establishment’s unique needs.

Electricity plans and rates for churches and schools

Finding an affordable commercial energy plan with Choose Energy is easy. Fill out our business energy form, and one of our energy experts will contact you. Alternatively, you can call on the number on your screen. We’ll ask you some questions about your nonprofit to get a sense of your electricity needs. Then, we’ll connect you with our partners to create a custom commercial energy plan.

A major benefit to an affordable business energy plan is that you can reduce your nonprofit’s expenses with the right contract. Energy can be one of your biggest financial obligations. By making savings, you can allocate money for other important areas for your school or church.

Plan types

Business owners will typically find fixed-rate or variable-rate plans when shopping for energy. Here’s what that means:

A fixed-rate plan secures you a stable rate for your power for the duration of your contract. Contracts usually last from 12 to 36 months but can be longer or shorter. If you cancel your contract before the term ends, you’ll likely have to pay an early termination fee (ETF).

A variable-rate plan offers more flexibility. You won’t have a contract, so you can change providers at any time. However, your rate fluctuates each month, and you could end up with a big energy bill during periods of high demand.

Choose Energy can also help you find renewable energy options. Green energy plans are a great option for schools or churches if the environment is important to your organization.

Energy efficiency for schools and churches

Energy efficiency can help your nonprofit save a significant amount of money while reducing your carbon footprint. If you’d like to use energy more efficiently in your organization, the first step is to monitor your usage. An overall picture of your usage patterns will help you identify areas where you can cut consumption. You can monitor your energy usage with a phone app or examine your monthly utility bills to create an average.

Simple steps to reduce energy consumption include turning off lights when you leave a room or installing LED bulbs. Consider upgrading your HVAC system and any appliances in the building to use less energy while running them.

You can also educate staff, students, and congregants on your energy efficiency plans. This can include talking about energy efficiency during class or service and sharing tips with everyone on how they can contribute to efficient energy use.

To learn more about business energy for your church or school, call the number on your screen. Our energy experts can discuss your situation and continue communicating as questions or issues arise.