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17 Jan

Business Energy Comparison: What to Remember When Completing One

by Simon Thompson
 
It is a good idea for all businesses to keep an eye on their business energy suppliers and the rates they are charging to make sure you are getting access to the best deal possible. Completing a business energy comparison is therefore a time investment that will definitely pay you back – as many businesses the D-ENERGi team works with have reported considerable savings when they switch suppliers. When you are looking at a business electricity or business gas comparison, however, it is prudent to keep a few things in mind: #Always read the small print It is essential you take the time to read every aspect of your commercial energy contract before you sign it as some contracts contain a specific window in which you are allowed to cancel or switch the contract without penalty. You probably won’t ever be refused the opportunity to be let out of your contract if you do choose to switch business energy suppliers outside of this window – but you will potentially be liable for quite large costs, so you should think about your timing carefully. #Be sure of your expectations A lot of businesses state that their number one reason for switching business energy suppliers is to save money, which they do, to begin with only to find that their bills go up over time despite their energy usage not increasing. Don’t ever take it as certain that you are guaranteed to save money throughout the length of your new business energy contract. Look at your energy usage and what you are paying for it at the start of your contract, and monitor it throughout the length of your contract so that you can be sure you are really saving the money you thought you would. #Be patient Don’t just plump for the first deal you are offered – take some time to consider it carefully. Remember, you are the one who is in control, so you should only move business energy suppliers when you are ready. Get in contact with the D-ENERGi team, tell us your current circumstances and what you are looking for, and then leave the rest to us. We will contact the suppliers on your behalf and come back to you with some options – leaving you to decide which energy contract is the right one for you and your business. If you want to complete a thorough business gas and business electricity comparison, then get in touch with the D-ENERGI team. We just need a couple of minutes of your time, and we can potentially save you money on your business energy bills.
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10 Jan

What’s New in Business Energy in 2022?

by Simon Thompson
 
Climate change and sustainability are high on the agenda in 2022, which means more and more businesses are going to be held to account – and this will have an effect on your business energy quote too. Here is the D-ENERGi team’s round-up of the changes businesses can expect to see this year in regards to carbon and energy reporting. Changes to the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) cap The UK’s ETS was launched in 2021 as a replacement for the EU ETS which the UK left when it left the EU. The ETS places a cost against carbon pollution in order to encourage polluters to reduce the amount of their emitted greenhouse gases. ESOS to potentially be extended to medium-sized companies The UK government recently announced it would be shaking up the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in a bid to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures and improve the quality of audits. It is also aiming for businesses to include an assessment of actions needed for them to achieve net-zero by 2050 as a recommendation. Mandatory TCFD for large companies from 6th of April 2022 Recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) means that over 1300 of the UK’s largest companies and financial institutions will have to start disclosing their climate-related financial information from the 6th of April. Performance-based energy ratings for larger buildings to come into force The UK government is currently consulting on the use of a framework for the rating of carbon and energy performance of commercial buildings, which if passed means that if you own or are the sole tenant of a large building you may be required to rate the energy performance of the building as it is in-use. Widening of scope of the SECR Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) originally became law in 2019, but the UK government is considering widening its scope in order to drive greater climate change action ahead of the target date for Net Zero carbon. There is some indication that one change they may implement concerns reporting on the scope of emissions. At the moment, SECR focuses solely on Scope 1 and 2 emissions – which may affect your business electricity quote – but some businesses are choosing to report on their Scope 3 emissions voluntarily too. It is likely that Scope 3 emission reporting will become mandatory in the future as the associated emissions make up the bulk of emissions from most large companies. Here at D-ENERGi we aim to provide a real alternative to the big five energy suppliers, by offering the most competitive business electricity and business gas quotes in the UK.
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20 Dec

Calendar to Help With Business Gas Savings in Winter

by Simon Thompson
 
While the weather is relatively mild at the moment, it can get colder at any minute, so preparing for the next cold snap is always advisable. Follow our calendar timeline, to effectively manage your business gas rates over winter – and stay vigilant: October Report on your greenhouse gas emissions as part of your Directors report, as dictated in the Governments advice on greenhouse gas emissions Remember that the clocks go back in October, so make sure you adjust your heating and lighting controls accordingly Look back at your previous business gas bills to see if there are any patterns as to when your business energy use starts to rise in the winter Conduct an energy-saving audit of your business, and communicate the results of this audit to your employees   November As it starts getting dark earlier, make sure you turn off lights and other appliances when you leave your business premises Ensure that your business water and other supply pipes are well insulated, to protect them when the weather gets icy   December Check your heating settings to make sure they are not set too high. Every 1 degree of overheating can cause your business energy bills to rise by 8% If your business is closing over the Christmas holidays, then make sure you notify your employees in advance and communicate your updated energy-saving policy   January Adjust your heating settings before your employees return to work so that they are warm and comfortable when they return Display a list of New Year energy-saving resolutions that you are undertaking as a business, and reward those employees who display energy-saving behaviour   February Ensure your business is prepared to deal with prolonged freezing conditions and heavy snow – make sure you have a cold weather policy and that your employees are all aware of it Make sure your working environment is well-lit and comfortable, as this will boost both your employees and your customers through the typically gloomy winter months Ensure parking and customer facilities are still accessible and safe in cold weather Ensure signage is visible in low light and bad weather   March Clocks go forward in March, so you should adjust your heating and lighting controls accordingly Review how your winter energy-saving measures have performed, and make tweaks to them to help improve your performance Make a note of what you have learned this winter, and put a plan in place for next winter   Get in touch with the team at D-ENERGi if you feel your existing business gas supplier is charging you too much – we can scan the market for you to see if we can find you a better deal.
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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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