fbpx

We help customers meet the financial and environmental costs of their energy

Embrace the energy revolution – join as a new investor or improve the energy performance of your home or business with a BHESCo energy survey.

Become
An Investor

Earn attractive financial returns and use your money to develop community owned energy projects in Sussex

Home
Energy Saving

Reduce monthly energy bills and enhance warmth and comfort by improving the energy efficiency of your home

Organisation
Energy Saving

Meet financial, regulatory and stakeholder expectations when you install energy saving and renewable energy technologies

BHESCo's response to the COVID-19 crisis

As a result of the challenges posed by Covid-19, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo) have closed our office and all staff are now working remotely from home.

Please note that in the interests of both our staff and our customers we will not be carrying out home energy surveys whilst restrictions on movement are in place.

We will continue to offer the following services via phone or email:


  • Free switching advice for customers looking to change to a cheaper tariff or supplier.
  • Issuing emergency vouchers for customers struggling to top up pre-pay meters – £28 for a single home, £49 for a family home (subject to eligibility).
  • Energy debt support for customers who are struggling to pay a recent bill (subject to eligibility).

For assistance with any of the above please email info@bhesco.co.uk or call 01273 284472.


We are continuing our work on various renewable energy and energy saving projects and although site visits may be not be possible at the moment we welcome new enquiries to start engagement either remotely or as soon as restrictions are relaxed.

For these and any investment application enquiries please email info@bhesco.co.uk or call 01273 284471.


How are energy suppliers responding to the crisis?

Please see the information below for details on specific energy suppliers’ response regarding prepayment meter customers:

Have not yet committed to sending out top-up cards or keys loaded with credit.

If customers are in isolation and think they will use up the balance and emergency credit, they should contact British Gas who have said they will find a solution on a case-by-case basis.

Call 0333 202 9802

EDF says it can post top-up cards or keys loaded with credit to your home.

EDF has advised people who self-isolate to ask friends and family to help you top up. Where this is not possible, they say they can deliver ‘preloaded’ cards and keys if you need to self-isolate – this balance will then be collected back at a “suitable rate” later.

Call 0333 200 5100

E.on says it can post top-up cards or keys loaded with credit to your home or send an engineer to top up your meter.

They say if a customer’s electricity meter falls below 50p of emergency credit, or if they are off supply for gas, it can either send a card or key in the post, or it will send an engineer round to top up the meter. However, it advises to top up a little extra or asking a trusted person to help in order to prepare for self-isolation.

Call 0345 052 0000

Have not yet committed to sending out top-up cards or keys loaded with credit.

Npower has said it is taking steps to maintain essential services and support for customers. However, it says details are still being developed and urges anyone in self-isolation who is struggling to top up to get in contact with it as soon as possible.

Call 0800 073 3000

Published guidance on its website.

Scottish Power has advised people who need to self-isolate to ask a friend, neighbour or family member to top up for, and to add more credit to their meter than normal.

Call 0800 027 0072

Bulb says it can post top-up cards or keys loaded with credit to your home.

Bulb has advised people who self-isolate to ask friends and family to help them top up. Where this is not possible, it says customers can pay online and a preloaded card will be delivered.

Call 0300 303 0635

Join The Community Energy Revolution

BHESCo are seeking community investment to complete several new low-carbon energy projects across Sussex. 

All investors are eligible for 5% annual interest and have an equal say in how our co-operative is run.

Shared Ownership all of our projects are financed through a community share offer where investors become part-owners of our co-op and have an equal say in our governance

Be part of a thriving community– join hundreds of other members who are uniting to build the sustainable future we all know we need, with profits shared fairly and decisions made equally

Earn attractive financial returns –  shareholders receive 5% annual interest and have a direct say in how our business is run

Join as an individual or as an organisation – we welcome individual investors as well as clubs and businesses to become members of our co-operative

262

shareholders

50

projects completed

£1m+

investment raised

375

tonnes CO2 saved annually

Warmer Sussex

Making energy efficiency improvements to your home is quick and easy with Warmer Sussex.

For a limited time only you can register your interest for a Whole Home Survey at the heavily discounted price of £75 (usually £150+)

Power Your World With Community Energy

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Co-op Energy.

Co-op Energy is the UK’s largest independent co-operative, built on co-operative values. They are committed to fair pricing, honesty and simplicity.

Co-op Energy have recently launched the UK’s only Community Power tariff powered by 100% community-owned electricity. This tariff features community generated power from local suppliers all over the country generating green energy from wind, sunshine and water.

  • All your electricity comes from community power projects and your gas is carbon offset too
  • Any profits Co-op Energy make are reinvested into community energy projects around the country
  • Just £5 per month more than Co-op Energy’s cheapest fixed rate tariff
  • For every customer who signs Co-op Energy we will donate £10 to a community energy fund to help support local community initiatives

By switching to this tariff, you will be helping localise your energy supply as well as supporting BHESCo’s community energy initiatives.

Switching is easy. Simply click below to complete a comparison or to find out more.

Solar For Schools

BHESCo want to bring together our local community with one goal in mind – to help us put as much solar power as possible on local schools in Brighton and Hove.

We’re raising funds to install over 700 solar panels on five local schools which will save hundreds of thousands of pounds on bills as well as reducing planet warming carbon dioxide emissions by over six hundred tonnes.

You can offset your own emissions and help local schools by becoming an investor in our multi-award-winning social enterprise.

Social Impact

770 solar panels

£170,972 savings

639 tonnes CO2 savings

Our Unique Business Model

All of BHESCo’s energy projects are financed through a community share offer paying investors a 5% return.

The upfront cost is repaid by the project customer over a number of years using a portion of the savings achieved from their monthly energy bill.

By meeting project costs in this way we are able to remove any financial obstacles that can prevent property owners from improving the energy performance of their buildings.

1. Fundraising

Community investors buy shares

2. Project Delivery

Investments are used to develop clean energy projects

3. Lease Period

Project customer repays cost + interest using savings from energy bills

4. Interest Payment

Interest is passed on to investors

Food Waste To Energy

Brighton & Hove produces hundreds of tonnes of food waste every day. Why not use it to create clean biogas for local properties?

BHESCo Partners

Tackling Fuel Poverty

There are an estimated 16,000 households in Brighton and Hove who are unable to adequately heat their homes over winter and who may be forced to choose between heating and eating.

BHESCo provides a number of free services to help keep residents of our city warm and healthy.

Leave a Review

If you’ve worked with BHESCo to cut the cost of your energy and reduce your carbon footprint then we’d love you to leave a review. Whether we helped you install renewable energy or energy saving equipment, conducted an energy survey, or switched you to a cheaper tariff, we value all of our customers equally and would be delighted to hear your thoughts.

Earn attractive financial returns and support the growth of renewable energy in Sussex

What Are People Saying About BHESCo?

We connect our customers and investors with the idea that they are part of a wider community movement that is transforming energy for good
Caroline Lucas Quote Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative Investment Tesitimonial

Caroline

MP Brighton & Hove

"BHESCo improves the quality of life for local families by reducing their energy use and encouraging the uptake of clean renewable energy"

Ian

Ian

Energy Project Customer

"Our relationship with BHESCo helps lower our emissions and improve the atmosphere of our office buildings"

investing community energy quote brighton hove energy services coop henrietta

Henrietta

Investor

"I love this vision and would encourage everyone in Brighton & Hove to buy shares in BHESCo"

Blog

Check out our latest projects as well as reactions to news and events from the world of renewable energy

Women and the climate emergency

Women have always been at the forefront of the environmental movement, demanding climate justice and a better deal for people and planet. Our latest blog celebrates some notable female pioneers from home and abroad

Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you

Visit Us

22 Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1EL

Call Us

0800 999 6671

Hours

Mon - Friday
09:00 - 18:00

Contact BHESCo