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13 Dec

How to Tackle Triads this Winter to Reduce Your Half Hour Electricity Bills

by Simon Thompson
 
During the winter months, business and domestic users tend to use much more energy, including half hourly electricity. To manage this demand, the National Grid uses Triads to encourage businesses to reduce their energy consumption at peak times. If your business is reliant on half hourly electricity prices then it is important to understand Triads and how they work, as they can have a huge impact on your electricity bill. What are Triads in electricity? The National Grid uses Triads to calculate how much half-hourly metered businesses will pay for their energy use over the winter months. Triads are the name for the three half-hour periods during the winter that tend to see the most energy usage. They can happen on any day from the 1st of November to the end of February, however, they must be at least 10 days apart so that they don’t fall on consecutive days. They usually also take place between 5 pm and 6 pm as this tends to be when energy consumption peaks for both domestic and business users – but Triads can sometimes fall outside of this window. How do electricity Traids affect business energy bills? Electricity Triads only affect businesses who use half-hourly electricity, which tends to be businesses that are of medium or large size. One of the most significant costs these businesses will see on their energy bills – aside from commodity costs – is the Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charge that is paid to maintain the electricity transmission system in the UK. If your business receives half-hourly electricity bills, then your total TNUoS charge for the following year is calculated based on the amount of energy your business uses in the three half-hour Triad periods. So, if your business tends to use a lot of electricity, ensuring you optimise your usage during the three Triad periods can make a huge difference to your annual spend. The more you can reduce your electricity consumption during the Triad periods, the lower your TNUoS charges will be for the rest of the year. How can you reduce your Triad-related business electricity costs? Despite the uncertainty, there is over exactly when Triads occur, there are certain things you can do to minimise their impact: Optimise your business hours and energy consumption to minimise energy usage during the Triad period, perhaps by turning off non-essential machinery or using an on-site generator instead. You need to do a cost-benefit analysis before you do this though, to make sure any savings you may potentially make will outweigh the incurred costs Treat every day as if it is a Triad day. Regardless of when Triads occur, you can keep your energy usage to a minimum every day by turning off lights that aren’t in use so that you don’t get hit by spikes. If your business uses half-hour electricity and you want to see if you can reduce your bills, get in touch with the team at D-ENERGi today.
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18 Oct

How to Save On Business Electricity

by Simon Thompson
 
If you are wondering how you can save on business electricity, then you have come to the right place. The team at D-ENERGi is committed to selling and delivering market-leading business electricity and gas energy products in order to help small, medium, and large businesses reduce their business energy costs. One of the ways we do this is by providing a service that allows you to compare business energy per kWh with no hassle, to ensure you are on the best tariff for you. But what else can your business do to help reduce your energy costs? Here are some tips on how to lower your energy consumption, which should in turn lead to lower energy bills. What is energy efficiency? Energy efficiency is the name given to the process of businesses and domestic customers using less of the world’s energy resources to produce the same or an improved result. One example of this is the 90% less energy you will use if you replace all of the traditional fluorescent bulbs in your office with LED. How to lower energy consumption as a business The best way to lower your energy consumption as a business is to get all of your employees to think about the energy they use and follow some of these tips below: Save 90% of energy by replacing your office desktops with laptops. A high-end desktop will cost around £140 to run for 8 hours a day compared to a laptop that costs around £7 Replace laserjet printers with inkjet printers to save 90% of energy on printing. However, you will need to balance the lower cost of energy with the higher cost of inkjet printer cartridges Make sure employees switch off all of the equipment at night and at the weekends, rather than leaving them in sleep or standby as many pieces of equipment will consume nearly the same amount of energy when they are in standby mode as they do when switched on Switch lights off when they are not in use – you could try putting stickers near light switches to remind people to do this Use motion sensors in places that are used less frequently, such as corridors and toilets Let natural light brighten up your office space by opening blinds fully – you may find you don’t need the lights on at all Try and keep your business premises at an even and regular temperature rather than flicking the heating on or the air conditioning on and off all of the time   These are just some of the tips we have learnt to help businesses lower their energy consumption, but the best thing you can do to save money on your business energy bills is to ask the D-ENERGi team to help you compare business electricity per kWh.
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4 Oct

How to Get the Cheapest Business Gas Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
You may not realise it, but there are actually plenty of cheap gas suppliers here in the UK. Here on the D-ENERGi website, we make it easier for you to find out which gas supplier can give you the cheapest business gas prices. The easiest way to save money on your business gas and business electricity bills is to talk to the team at D-ENERGI about a free quote. By doing this, you will save yourself the hassle of seeing which gas providers there are in your area, as we do all of that for you. More importantly, we can also compare business gas prices and find out which of these companies can offer you the best energy deal on the plan that best suits your business needs. All you need to do is tell us your business name and postcode, and we will call you straight back with the best quotes available on the market, and you can then decide which offer gives you the best deal and switch. Will I get worse customer service from a business cheaper gas supplier? No. This is a myth. When you compare business gas prices through our website, we will also tell you how well the energy supplier ranks for customer service through people who are already working with them. That way, you can include knowledge of their customer satisfaction scores in your decision of which company to swap to. Will switching to the cheapest business gas supplier be hard? Not at all. Once you have chosen your business gas supplier from the free quote we give you, we will contact your new supplier and your existing supplier and let them know that you have decided to switch suppliers. We handle all of the paperwork so that you don’t have any hassle at all. You may not know this, but all energy companies use the same supply lines and gas pipes, so there is no need for anyone to come round to your business and lay new gas pipes or rewire it. And, at no point during the switching process will your business be left without gas or electricity. The only thing you will need to do when switching to a cheaper business gas supplier is to take a final meter reading once you have confirmed the switch, as this will ensure the final bill you receive from your old supplier is an accurate one. You will also need to cancel any direct debits set up in your old supplier’s name, as this will prevent them from charging you when you have stopped consuming energy from them. By comparing your business gas prices with D-ENERGi once a year, you can be confident that you are paying the cheapest business gas prices and are continuing to save money on your business gas bills.
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13 Sep

Frequently Asked Questions about Business Energy Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
Research by the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed that 70% of businesses have experienced difficulty when it comes to comparing energy suppliers, with 43% saying they have never switched suppliers. These are incredible numbers when you think about how the cheapest business electricity prices could help you save money as a business. A lack of understanding about different energy suppliers, wanting to remain loyal to existing suppliers, and a concern about the effort and time it may involve to switch business energy suppliers are all things that stand in the way of businesses potentially making the switch to the cheapest business electricity supplier. However, switching business energy suppliers is not the long and complicated task that you might think it is, and the savings you could achieve will make any slight effort on your part well worth it. Here are some FAQ’s relating to switching business energy suppliers. #1 How do I find out who my existing supplier is? You can find out who supplies your current business gas and electricity, by looking at your most recent utility bill – the contact details of your current supplier will be printed on it. If you have just moved to new premises or you can’t find your latest bill, you can contact the Meter Point Administration service to ask for their details. #2 What is a deemed contract? If you have recently moved into new premises then a deemed contract will probably be in place for your electricity, gas, or maybe even both if you have not agreed on a contract with your current supplier. If your existing contract has come to an end but you are continuing to consumer electricity then a deemed contract probably exists. The cost of deemed contracts tends to be about 80% more expensive than a negotiated contract – so you can see why they are not good news for many businesses. #3 What is a rolling contract? A rolling contract is when your business gas or electricity supplier rolls you over into a new contract automatically – which may be the case if you fail to tell your supplier of your intention to end a contract before the end of your notice period. #4 Do I need to tell my existing business energy supplier that I am leaving them? Yes. If you decide to leave your existing energy supplier and switch to another one, then you must inform your existing supplier by either Telling them directly Asking your comparison company (D-ENERGi) to provide them with a Letter of Authority (LoA)   #5 What is a Letter of Authority (LoA) A Letter of Authority is a recognised legal document that allows us to liaise with energy suppliers on your behalf, with your permission. It basically allows us to call time on your existing tariff and set you up on a cheaper and more competitive one. D-ENERGi is here to help businesses across the UK save money and make the switch. Call us today so that we can help you find the cheapest business electricity rates UK.
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