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19 Feb

P272 Legislation for Your Business Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
If you have been looking at switching energy suppliers for your business then there may possibly have been a discussion about P272 legislation and here we will explain more about what it is. Essentially, P272 is regulation for energy suppliers to use detailed energy information about their customers’ consumption. They need to know this on a half hourly basis and use meters that sends the data automatically every 30 mins – hence the name half hourly or HH meters for this purpose. This means the supplier will have accurate information so there are no more estimated bills and the data will help suppliers deliver a better energy offering. The new legislation took effect in 2017 and most large business energy customers should already be on these meters but if you are not, and you comply with the requirements by having a high demand, then this can be arranged. The implementation of P272 The implementation of P272 means that the energy suppliers can understand more effectively how you use energy and can tailor their services and products, particularly their tariffs, to suit you. It’s important to appreciate that the data from an HH meter should be used by suppliers to offer lower prices to encourage firms to use energy when it is less expensive. However, there is software available to enable you and your business to analyse the data as well to see whether there are better offers from other suppliers that might meet your needs more cheaply. A potential new supplier could also use this data and offer a bespoke deal that may save you a substantial amount of money every year. Major benefit from P272 rules Another major benefit from P272 rules means that these half hourly meters will remove those unexpected and often very large bills remove the need for estimated bills. There’s also the potential of firms using the data from their energy consumption and use this to highlight ways they can improve their operations to bring about energy efficiencies. By introducing these efficiencies, you will use less energy and lower your bills even further. It’s also possible to utilise the services of an energy consultancy to find out if your business could reduce its energy use by switching to new kit that uses less energy, using automatic lights so they are only used when someone is in the room and ensure that your staff get behind this move to lower the firm’s energy footprint.   If you would like to know more about P272 legislation and whether it has an impact on your business and whether an energy consultancy would benefit you, then it’s time to speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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16 Feb

Enjoy Cheap Business Energy Deals

by Simon Thompson
 
Could your firm benefit with cheap business energy deals and did you know how easy it is to switch between providers? If the answer to either or both of these questions is ‘yes’, then it’s time to contact the D-Energi team to see what the best deals are available currently for your firm’s needs. There’s no doubt that by switching to a cheaper business energy deal, a firm’s overheads will be reduced and profits will be boosted. That’s a huge incentive for all firms and organisations and it’s an exercise that should be taken every year. However, around 40% of firms, according to the government, do not carry out an assessment of their energy needs and whether they are paying too much currently so it’s highly likely that they are paying over the odds by not moving suppliers. Cheap business electricity and gas supplies In a bid to offer cheap business electricity and gas supplies, the government is keen to promote competition within the sector and is encouraging more firms to switch between providers because by doing so, providers will have to work harder to attract and retain their customers by offering the best prices. This will benefit the energy supply market overall and firms in particular who do take the time to switch between providers. It has to be noted also that many firms will remain with one of the ‘big six’ business energy suppliers and while this is understandable it is also highly likely that they are not offering the best prices for a firm’s energy needs while there are newer and cheaper energy providers available. The market is still monitored and regulated by Ofgem which is keen for competition to be improved and these new firms are offering other services including a consultancy, for example, to help attract business. One of the attractions for a business energy consultation to take place is that experts will see how, where and when your firm is using its energy and suggest ways in which you could use less of it and so any savings you make will be boosted by lower usage levels. For firms to access cheap business gas deals There will also be a need for firms to access cheap business gas deals and again this market works in a similar way to the business electricity supply market. It’s easy to shop around for business gas suppliers and there are online comparison websites offering good rates as well. Again, a firm will need to speak with a business gas supplier directly in order to obtain a bespoke deal that will best meet their needs. However, the switchover process for both gas and electricity is seamless and there should be no loss of supply to your firm’s premises when you begin the process of switching.   If you want to know more about how you can enjoy cheap business energy deals, whether it’s for gas or electricity, then it’s time to contact the D-Energi team to find out just how much you can save every year.
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14 Feb

Could Your Business Switch Energy Suppliers and Save?

by Simon Thompson
 
If you think your business could switch energy suppliers and save then it’s time to put the D-Energi team to the test. That is because D-Energi has access to all of the latest deals and offers and will be able to deliver a bespoke deal that meets your needs and will probably be much cheaper than your current provider. It’s also worth bearing in mind that, according to the government, around 40% of all firms and organisations have never bothered to switch their business energy suppliers. That’s a startling statistic considering that there are hefty savings to be made when switching energy suppliers and the process for switching is seamless and there’s no loss of supply when you decide to use a new energy supplier. Undertaking an energy switch between suppliers Indeed, undertaking an energy switch between suppliers is a stress-free experience that should lead to much lower energy bills and a boost to profitability. There’s also the incentive of finding a supplier who may offer other attractive services such as a consultancy to help your firm use less energy so you will enjoy lower energy bills as well. If your firm has never switched energy supplier previously, then it’s likely you have been rolled over automatically onto a ‘deemed’ contract so the rates you are paying for your energy will probably be much higher than a new customer will be paying. Finding a new business energy supplier and accepting a bespoke deal will take just a few minutes when dealing with D-Energi. Search the marketplace for a new energy supplier It’s also possible to search the marketplace for a new energy supplier by using an online comparison website. These will give a good indication of what savings can be made and they can be substantial. However, the website may not be searching the whole of the business energy supply market so there may be a supplier who might better meet your firm’s needs with an all-round offering that is not only cheaper but more suitable. Alternatively, as a business owner, you could spend time contacting suppliers directly to find out what they are offering even though this is a time-consuming task and it may also be burdensome since there may be a lot of information to take on board.   As mentioned previously, perhaps the best way for any firm or organisation considering whether they should switch energy suppliers is to speak with the helpful D-Energi team as soon as possible.
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12 Feb

Switching Business Energy Suppliers to Save Cash

by Simon Thompson
 
Switching business energy suppliers in a bid to save cash is a straightforward and easy task that every firm should undertake on a regular basis. Unfortunately, not all of them do which means they may be paying more than they need to for their energy needs and no firm or organisation will want to do that when they can control their overheads effectively. Just to highlight the problem, a government survey has revealed that around 40% of all firms have never switched their business energy supplier so they are probably paying far more than they need to for their energy supply. The issue here is that their current supplier may have rolled them automatically onto a new contract, it’s known as a ‘deemed’ contract, which may mean they are paying higher rates for their energy than a new customer would be doing. Business electricity suppliers The solution for this is to act when your energy supplier gets in touch when a contract is due for renewal to tell you what your new charges are going to be and this is the case for both business electricity suppliers and gas suppliers. In both instances, firms can use an online comparison website to find a cheaper business gas and electricity supplier by filling in a few details and seeing what the market has to offer. The upside for using one of these websites is that it will reveal what the current market rate for your business as though you will still need to speak with a potential supplier directly so they can offer a bespoke deal. One of the downsides is that the online comparison site may not be searching the entire marketplace so it’s possible that there might be a better and cheaper business energy supplier available who may have an offer that best meets your needs. It’s also important to appreciate that the switchover process between suppliers is a seamless one and there’s no loss of supply to your premises when this is undertaken. Business gas suppliers Another issue for firms looking to switch business energy suppliers is that while there are business gas suppliers and electricity providers available it’s not possible to get a ‘dual fuel’ deal as we can do for our homes. It is possible however to have gas and electricity provided by the same provider and the reason why they can’t offer a dual fuel deal is that they need to offer a bespoke offer that meets your firm’s own needs. This means negotiating with a potential supplier to see what they can offer and some may offer other extras, particularly smaller and new suppliers to the business energy supply market. These may include a business energy consultancy that will help your firm use less energy and so enjoy even lower bills as a result. This will boost profitability and help our environment.   Essentially, the quickest and most effective way to learn more about switching business energy suppliers to save cash is to speak with the D-Energi team who have access to all of the latest deals and offers.
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