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31 May

Get A New Business Gas Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
Most busy business owners will appreciate that they can save money on their gas bills if they get a new business gas supplier in place. However, this means comparing various plans between gas providers and understanding how these deals are put together. It can be a time-consuming undertaking but it’s one that is worth doing because there are substantial savings to be had potentially. Along with understanding the difference between unit rates and standing charges, a business will also need to consider whether they want a fixed or flexible tariff and for how long they would like the tariff for; the longer the deal, the cheaper the prices tend to be. Business gas rates will vary hugely between suppliers One of the big issues is that business gas rates will vary hugely between suppliers and it’s not just the competition between them that affects the prices being quoted to your business. A lot also depends on your business circumstances, including your geographic location, the industry you work in and how many employees you have. The potential new gas supplier will also want to know whether you have plans for expansion in the pipeline so they can tailor their deal to your future needs. Also, you may find that when you begin the search for a new provider that some energy firms will only supply a business of a certain size. Switching business gas suppliers When it comes to switching business gas suppliers, it’s important that a business owner, or the delegated employee, is as clued-up as they possibly can be. It’s also important to appreciate that sourcing a business gas supply is not like finding a firm to supply gas to our homes. You’ll also need some information to hand, particularly from the recent gas bills and you’ll need to know what your meter point number is so a potential supplier will know your exact address. Other issues that may affect the price that you currently pay is the fact you may not have switched suppliers in recent years, so your current provider may have rolled you automatically onto a deemed rates contract which tends to be more expensive. It’s this inactivity that leads to firms paying more than is necessary for their gas bill and in just a few minutes you can find better suppliers with other potential incentives such as an energy consultancy to help your firm reduce its gas consumption levels. There are big savings to be made when you get a new business gas supplier and it’s helpful that the D-Energi team will help negotiate on your behalf to find a cheaper bill.
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29 May

Pay Lower Half Hourly Electricity Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
Larger users of energy will have special meters installed but it is possible to pay lower half hourly electricity prices and save substantial amounts on overheads. The best way of doing this is to speak with the friendly team at D-Energi who will explain how this is possible. For those who may not be aware, very large users of electricity have half hourly meters installed which record the actual electricity used and sends this information to the supplier every 30 minutes, which is why they called half hourly meters. One of the big attractions for HH meters is that they remove the need for estimated bills and firms will only pay for the energy they have used. Find cheaper half hourly electricity suppliers However, there is another big benefit for these meters and it is when they can be used to find cheaper half hourly electricity suppliers. That’s because the data that is recorded is also available to the firm and a potential supplier so they can work out whether a cheaper tariff will suit their needs better and help them save money. Again, the D-Energi team can help and it’s possible to use software to find whether even more money can be saved by switching periods of peak use to cheaper periods. For example, switching production to an off-peak rate. In addition, an energy consultant can also use the data to ensure that your supplier has put you on the correct tariff and, if not, help you take steps to recoup any money that may be owed. Cheaper half hourly electricity tariffs The search for cheaper half hourly electricity tariffs and deals is slightly more complicated than it is for smaller firms who can use online comparison sites for this purpose. The larger business will also need to put in more legwork in sourcing a new energy supply but it’s still worth the time and effort because the potential savings can be huge. This is also the point to appreciate that the expertise of the D-Energi team will help explain what the new deals and tariffs actually mean and whether they will save your business any money because it’s also likely that you’ll need to negotiate directly with a supplier for a bespoke deal. This isn’t as intimidating as some firms may believe but having someone who knows how this market operates and what the terminology means could be of huge benefit. For more help on how you can enjoy lower half hourly electricity prices and access the expertise of the D-Energi team, then contact us today.
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27 May

Understanding Your Business Electricity Bill

by Simon Thompson
 
There’s no doubt that running a business means dealing with lots of different tasks during the day but understanding your business electricity bill could save you a small fortune. Despite this opportunity, you probably never take a close look at your business energy bills when spending a few minutes doing so can pay dividends. Essentially, there are three important elements of every business energy bill you need to be aware of and they are: ·        The unit rate ·        The standing charge ·        The contract end date. And while there are other costs, these are the most important issues to consider. Check your business electricity supplier meter It’s also important that you check your business electricity supplier meter once in a while and understanding how to do so really will help. Some firms will still have a meter reader or data collector visiting to collect their meter readings. Sometimes they may not be able to gain access to your premises, so you may have estimated bills and still need to submit your own meter reading. It makes good business sense to keep track of the meter readings to ensure that you pay for the electricity that you use. So whether you have a digital electricity meter or an analogue one, you read the numbers from left to right and ignore the last red number. Cheaper supplier with lower business electricity rates When it comes to understanding your business electricity bill, there’s a wealth of information to find a new, cheaper supplier with lower business electricity rates and it’s here that the experts at D-Energi can help you. With the information from your bills and meter to hand, you will be able to shop around and check on business electricity rates and whether there are cheaper deals available. Essentially, you’ll need to calculate what a potential new deal will cost over a full year and this is where you’ll need to calculate the unit rate and the standing charge and you’ll have a good idea of how much energy you will be using from the meter readings and the bills. Some firms will make the mistake of seeing a lower unit rate, this is the amount you pay for electricity used on your premises and believe they are making a saving. However, the potential supplier may have a higher standing charge to make up for the lower unit price. When it comes to firms understanding their business electricity bill, then all of this information is useful in the search for a cheaper supplier and it’s here that the experts at the D-Energi can help you.
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24 May

Switching Your Business Energy Provider

by Simon Thompson
 
While switching your business energy provider is not as simple as it is for our homes, it is possible and the biggest motivation is to save a substantial amount on a firm’s overheads. For business, the energy tariffs for commercial contracts have a different set up – plus there’s no dual fuel option, though you can the same supplier deliver both gas and electricity to your premises. If your business has a high energy demand then you should be looking at electricity costs per half-hour and you probably have half hourly or HH, meters installed for this purpose. For these and other firms, you could contact suppliers directly or use an online comparison service to find a tariff for meeting your needs. Search for a new business energy supplier While these websites offer a quick way to find a quote, the search for a new business energy supplier may be restricted on these sites. That’s because the site itself is probably not searching the entire marketplace of suppliers, whereas the D-Energi team will be able to do that on your behalf. Alternatively, a business owner could contact electricity suppliers directly to negotiate a deal, but because these are bespoke offers it’s more difficult to compare them on a like-for-like basis. It’s this issue of suppliers offering a bespoke business electricity quote that does confuse the issue, but the supplier is offering a tariff that is designed to meet the needs of the individual business. Searching for new business energy prices To put this simply, when searching for new business energy prices, you will need to appreciate that no two businesses are the same or have identical needs so business electricity contracts will vary. In a bid to compare these deals, you will begin a confusing and time-consuming process to find and then compare quotes. It’s this exercise that may help explain why, according to a government survey, 40% of UK firms have not switched suppliers in recent years. However, there is some good news if you want a quick and effective way to access cheaper business electricity tariffs and that is to speak with the D-Energi team. Even though the D-Energi team can find a new business energy provider, carrying out some background research about electricity suppliers beforehand won’t hurt so you will understand the terms being used. Contact the team today for more information.
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