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19 Jul

Business Gas Suppliers 2021: How to switch them

by Simon Thompson
 
In the past, if you wanted business gas, the only choice for you was British Gas. This is not the case these days as there are now lots of business gas suppliers to choose from, meaning you can now opt for the one that best suits your needs. Each business gas supplier will have its own range of business gas rates, customer ratings, and offers that will make it easier for you to compare them and find the best one for your business. While the price you are charged for your business gas should always be the most important thing you think about when switching suppliers, it is not the only thing you should consider. If you are solely focused on price then it will potentially be easy to pick the best supplier, but some business owners will be looking for additional benefits such as different payment methods, longer contract times, or suppliers who have the best customer service. Business Gas Contracts When it comes to business gas contracts, there are two things you need to keep in mind, to begin with: Unit cost – the amount your business gas supplier is charging per unit of energy Standing charge – the set price you pay for maintenance and transportation Then you need to look at the type of contract they are offering: Fixed-term contract – this type of contract ensures the price of your gas stays the same throughout the contract term. So, the cost per unit will stay the same, but your bill may differ depending on how much energy you use. Variable-rate contract – the cost per unit of gas may fluctuate throughout the term of your contract. It will go up or down depending on market activity. Deemed rate contract – this is sometimes also called ‘out of contract’ tariff and can be very expensive, so it is not one you want to find yourself tied into 28-day contract – this is a very rare type of contract as it only applies to businesses that have not switched suppliers since gas deregulation Rollover contracts – if you missed the opportunity to switch to a new gas supplier you may find your supplier assumed you wished to stay on the same contract and so just rolled you over Using D-ENERGi to compare business gas tariff prices Your first step should be to grab a copy of your most recent gas bill as this will contain all of the information, we need to get you a better deal from a new supplier. Once you have contacted us and told us the information we need, we contact lots of different gas suppliers to get quotes on your behalf. Get the best prices on your business gas by contacting the D-ENERGi team on 0800 781 7626.
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12 Jul

Half hour electricity 2021: How does metering work?

by Simon Thompson
 
Here at D-ENERGi we often get asked about half hourly electricity and metering – how it works and how it can affect our customer’s bills. So, we have pulled together this handy guide to help you understand more about it and how it could be exactly what your business needs. What is a half-hourly electricity meter? A half-hourly electricity meter is a special type of meter provided by half hourly electricity suppliers. It is based on AMR (automatic meter reading) technology which is used to provide suppliers with a more accurate electricity reading – which is sent via a fixed-line every half an hour (which is where the name comes from). The benefit of hour hourly readings for business owners is that the meter reading is automated, so you don’t have to mess around sending meter readings to your supplier – and you also access much more accurate bills as well. Another benefit hour hourly electricity brings is it allows you to easily access consumption data from your supplier – meaning you can preview exactly how your business is using electricity throughout the day, helping you to make more informed decisions about how to run your business more efficiently by reducing your operational energy use. Does my business need a half-hour electricity meter? Having a half-hourly electricity meter is compulsory for any business that uses over 100kW of electricity, but if your business uses 70kW of energy or more you can opt to have a meter installed. If you have recently moved to new business premises and are not sure whether you have a half-hourly meter or not, the easiest way to check is to look at your most recent energy bill. The bill will contain a number starting with ‘S’ and if the number following this starts with 00 then you do have a half-hourly meter installed. How does half-hourly electricity pricing differ? Half hourly electricity offers you the energy that is better tailored to your usage and your requirements as it relies on regular meter readings meaning the data gathered is much more accurate –removing the need for estimated billing. We hope this article has given you a better idea of half hourly electricity prices and how half-hourly electricity can benefit small businesses. If you have any questions about anything, please contact our customer service team at 0800 781 7626 – they are always happy to help.
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5 Jul

How Can Energy Tariffs Help Your Business Save Money?

by Simon Thompson
 
The Federation of Small Business recently claimed that as many as one-third of small businesses highlight energy costs as a barrier to the growth and success of their company. However, 70% of small businesses also say that they find it difficult to compare business energy tariffs and 43% have never switched business electricity supplier. So, if you want to find out how to save money by grabbing cheaper business electricity rates then read on: Pick your lightbulbs wisely If you currently use fluorescent or halogen light bulbs, try swopping them for energy-efficient bulbs such as LED bulbs. And encourage your employees to turn off lights when they are not in use, as this could save you up to £100 per year. Cooldown Lights can be one of the main culprits for driving up your energy bills, and heating comes in a close second. This is why it is wise to make sure your heating system is set around four degrees different from your air conditioning system – so they are not fighting against each other. Keep it clean If you have a staff kitchen, it is really important to keep it clean – not just from a hygiene point of view, but to help you save money too. Clean appliances, such as fridges, are much more energy-efficient than dirty ones – and just cleaning the dust off can save you up to a fifth of the energy they normally use. Make your technology work for you 46% of the electricity used in offices is used outside of standard operating hours – so make sure all computers, printers, and other electrical items are switched off at night. It is also a good idea to unplug any mobile phone chargers when they are not in use as well – it sounds like a silly thing to do, but it can really help to save you money. Compare business electricity suppliers Of course, the main way you can reduce your energy outgoings is to make sure you are on the best tariff for your business by comparing business electricity suppliers and swapping to a better tariff. While this sounds like it will be time-consuming, it won’t be if you put it all in the hands of the D-ENERGi team. We do all the hard work comparing the best deals on the market, and finding the best tariff for you.
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