“Powerful Allies has yet to meet a quality large commercial energy user, where we cannot deliver worthwhile cost savings for electricity and natural gas, and where appropriate water.
The promise of savings reflects three benefits we can bring to the process.”
JAMES ROBSON, CHAIRMAN, POWERFUL ALLIES
The Wren Free School was formed in 2015 by a group of dedicated parents, wishing to see an increase in the Secondary education provision in West Reading, Berkshire. The first three years were spent in temporary buildings, whilst each year growing the school intake by a further 168 students. By 2018 we finally had our wonderful, brand new, state of the art permanent building, only problem was the Energy bills which started to arrive were enormous.... which meant the CO2 emissions were too...
We knew the Building Management System and the various controls around the building were complex - air conditioning, solar panels, heating and lighting sensors and controls were all running at once and it was not easy to understand. We enlisted student volunteers to help us record temperatures at various times of day around the building over one month - discovering the top floor was by far the hottest in the building - we were then able to completely turn off the heating on the top floor. Following advice from the Ashden ‘Less CO2’ scheme we then undertook an Energy Audit with Powerful Allies in January 2020. This was a revelation and immediately led to a complete reset of the various timer, heating and ventilation systems around the building, ensuring they began to work as efficiently as possible.
Following this audit we immediately saw our Energy reduce from around 10,000 kg CO2 emitted per month, to just 7,000. The baseline overnight levels for the building practically halved, and monthly electricity and gas bills dropped immediately from around £8,500 per month combined, to around £5,500 per month. We are currently studying the overnight baseline levels yet further - to understand why there is any baseline activity at all, and reduce this even further, where possible. This Energy reduction has been beyond our wildest dreams and has really made an impact on our CO2 emissions this year - imagine the savings over a decade! We fully expect our EPC Rating to improve this year as a result of the actions taken. Powerful Allies were helpful, informative, knowledgeable and very professional throughout, can highly recommend them.
Lorraine Yearwood (Finance Officer / Sustainability Representative)
For several years now I have relied on Powerful Allies to source and implement our energy contracts, they have proved to be infallible! They provide me with clear explanations of the market place and always give me comparisons for various suppliers. Tariffs are explained fully and we always feel confident with their recommendations.
James and the team have helped us through some difficult situations with energy supplier contracts, his advice and guidance is always professional and also friendly.
Marion Lower (Business Manager)
For the second time in as many jobs I joined a new school to find that renewal of energy contracts was not only imminent but had not been attended to. For the second time... I was relieved to be able to turn to Powerful Allies for clear, comprehensible and extremely competitive quotes that were provided in very short order with a minimum of effort on my part. And for the second time... I was able to part company with another broker and secure really good deals through Powerful Allies. As I compare notes with other bursars / business managers about their energy contracts and watch what is happening in the marketplace, I am patting myself on the back for a job well done ...for the second time!
John Cunningham (School Business Manager)
Powerful Allies provide a comprehensive and transparent service, they take the time to understand our needs and have worked hard to build a positive relationship. James and the team are a delight to deal with, and during times of increasing financial pressure on schools they have returned significant savings on our energy costs. I recommend them without hesitation, and encourage other schools and academies to allow Powerful Allies the opportunity to make savings for you too.
Caroline Antrobus (Bursar)
For several years now we have relied on Powerful Allies to assist with our energy purchasing, both electricity and gas. They always bring a range of options to the table for consideration and have streamlined our energy purchasing such that our various supply needs are now timed to coincide. James and his team save us many hours every year and ensure that we are obtaining best value for money with regard to energy supplies.
Linda Stuart (Business Manager)