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22 Oct

Should You Switch Your Business Gas Supplier?

by Simon Thompson
 
As we head into the cold winter months, the question of energy bills may become acute and business owners may be asking whether they should switch their business gas supplier. Essentially, all firms and organisations should check that they are not paying more than is necessary for their gas supply needs. You could do this by contacting gas suppliers directly and getting a quote from them. The downside to this approach is that you may find comparing these deals on a like-for-like basis difficult because each supplier will tailor their offering to your needs with different criteria. Business gas renewal letter The best time to look at switching suppliers is when you receive a business gas renewal letter which will inform you of your next year’s deal. This is the prompt to find a new supplier and you can also use an online gas supplier comparison site. While the sites may give you an idea of the market rate for your firm’s needs, the downside is that the site may not be searching the entire marketplace, so you may miss out on better and cheaper deals. However, it’s still important that a firm carries out a comparison exercise every year to help ensure they keep a handle on their overheads and other potential increased costs, such as energy bills. Sourcing cheap business gas rates Potentially the easiest way of sourcing cheap business gas rates is to speak with the team of experts at D-Energi who will search the entire marketplace and deal with the switchover process as well. It’s at this point you should know when your business gas contract comes to an end so you do not pay termination fees by moving before this end date. It’s also worth noting whether your supplier has moved you automatically onto a deemed contract, which tends to be dearer, and if so you may not need to pay termination fees and can move freely from this. When looking for a new, cheaper gas supplier, then you’ll need other pieces of information and most of this will be found on the latest gas bill. Perhaps the most important is the gas meter number, so a potential supplier will know exactly where your business premises are. Also, there’s no loss of supply when you switch between providers. For more help and information about whether you should switch your business gas supplier and find out what the cheapest rates are, then it’s time to speak with the D-Energi team.
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19 Oct

Save On Your Half Hourly Electricity Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
If your firm or organisation has half hourly electricity meters installed then it is possible that you can save with cheaper half hourly electricity prices. Not every firm will have these meters installed but large users of electricity will and they offer an automated process of monitoring energy use and accurate billing. That’s because your firm’s energy use is recorded every 30 minutes, hence the term half hourly meters, with the data being sent to your provider. In addition to accurate bills, this data can be used by a potential new provider to offer a tariff and deal that will meet your needs and be cheaper. Half hourly electricity suppliers These meters mean that half hourly electricity suppliers will benefit from identifying the peak periods of electricity use in your business. Not only will this help them offer a bespoke deal but also help your business become more energy-efficient because they may offer help in reducing your overall energy usage with a consultancy This type of consultancy is growing in popularity and will offer real savings to help reduce your bills even further. The consultant may also look at reducing your gas and water use too. In addition, the location of your business, the type of industry you are in and the number of employees will also have an impact on the rates being offered. Attraction for half hourly electricity deals The big attraction for half hourly electricity deals is that the provider will be able to use the information for delivering better prices than a firm who does not have half hourly meters fitted. If your firm has moved into a new building or premises, then you need to check whether a half hourly meter has been installed and the designation is on the front of the meter which will have the letter ‘S’ followed with 00 in the top left-hand corner. There are various ways of finding half hourly electricity providers and you could contact suppliers directly or use an online comparison site to find what the average market rate for your business needs will be. However, the downside to a comparison site is that it may not be searching the entire marketplace, so there may be better deals and providers available that you will miss out on. For more help and information about how you and your business can save on your half hourly electricity prices, then it’s time to contact the team at D-Energi.
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17 Oct

Reducing Your Business Electricity Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
For most businesses and organisations, their energy overheads are one of their biggest outgoings so reducing your business electricity rates will help reduce costs. Indeed, it makes business sense to know what the options are for a business wanting to switch so comparing the offerings between providers will help find the best deal. But why should a business switch their business electricity provider? The answer is to avoid paying more than they should be doing. That’s because the average price increase for electricity bills being paid by businesses between 2016 and 2017, was 3.5%. The costs for electricity change on a regular basis so knowing how to save money will prove fruitful. Switching to a new business electricity supplier The switching to a new business electricity supplier is not always about saving money. Indeed, you could choose to switch for a tariff that better suits your needs or to enjoy better levels of customer services. Or you may decide that your firm should sign up to a supplier who generates electricity from renewable sources, such as wind or solar. One of these new providers may also offer the ability to enjoy a consultancy to help you reduce the amount of electricity used in the firm, so you enjoy long-term savings. It’s also important to understand that electricity suppliers cannot lock the business into an automatic rollover contract anymore and you will not be charged exit fees when you decide to switch from one of these contracts. Enjoying lower business electricity rates Essentially, this makes it easier to switch to a new provider and enjoy lower business electricity rates as a result. While you could contact providers directly, you need to understand that the quoting process for a business is different from that for our homes. This makes it difficult to predict what your average saving will be and will depend on a range of factors including where your business is located, how many people will be on site and how much electricity you use. It’s also possible to enjoy lower rates if you sign up for more than one year, with some providers offering better deals for contracts that run for two, three and even five years. The best way to overcome these obstacles is to contact the team at D-Energi who will explain the steps to reducing your business electricity rates and take care of the switchover process as well.
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15 Oct

Choosing Your New Business Energy Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
As a business, you would think that choosing your new business energy supplier was a straightforward process but sometimes help is needed. Thankfully, there’s a friendly team of experts at D-Energi available to help you and your organisation navigate the competitive marketplace. Firstly, the reason why all businesses should check whether they should switch business energy suppliers every year is down to the fact they use more energy than the average household does. The average spend on energy for a small business, that’s an employer with between 10 and 49 employees, is more than £12,000 in electricity and for gas, it is £7,000. Today’s business energy prices With today’s business energy prices means there is a huge opportunity for reducing overheads so that the business will reduce their bills by simply finding a new energy supplier. In addition, there are suppliers offering energy consultancies to help you reduce the amount of electricity your firm uses to help deliver larger savings over the long-term. You will also be benefiting the environment. However, many busy business owners will simply stick with their current supplier rather than taking the opportunity of when they are contacted with their next year’s contract rates to find a new provider. This could be an expensive mistake because they may have been already rolled onto a contract which tends to have much higher rates than the energy supplier will provide for a new customer. It doesn’t have to be this way. Also, when shopping around for new providers a business may simply restrict their search to the ‘Big Six’ energy firms who may have similar offerings and decide it’s not worth switching. Finding new business energy providers The issue of finding new business energy providers is straightforward but, according to a government survey, around 40% of firms have never bothered to move between providers and so are likely to be paying more than is necessary for their energy needs. This may mean that switching a firm will boost profitability because their overheads can be substantially reduced. However, it’s important to understand that the business gas and electricity supplier market is a competitive one, and there are smaller providers offering great deals and tariffs to meet your firm’s needs. If you do decide to shop around, then you will need to appreciate that the prices being offered will vary between suppliers depending on the size of your firm, where you are located and the industry you work in. Obviously, this means comparing offers between providers on a like-for-like basis can become complicated but if you are looking for help in choosing your new business energy supplier, then it will pay to contact the team of experts at D-Energi.
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