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24 Apr

Find A Cheap Business Gas Supplier and Save

by Simon Thompson
 
With every business and organisation looking to reduce their costs, by finding a cheap business gas supplier they can save money and boost profitability. However, it should be remembered that to enjoy the best savings a firm will probably need to switch their business gas supplier. But it’s also likely that as with many other firms, the business will be stuck on a contract that is not just out of date but will be a contract for which they are paying more than they need to for their gas supply. Savings to be made by switching energy supplier can vary from hundreds of pounds per firm to thousands of pounds every year depending on their gas usage. The simple trick to enjoying lower rates for gas supply is to switch during the renewal period for a contract since this offers a window of opportunity. Use experts to find cheap business gas and electric suppliers It’s also helpful that firms can use experts to find cheap business gas and electric suppliers to access the best deals and lowest gas prices. It’s also possible for a firm to undertake a lot of the research for themselves to find out how much they can save quite easily. Perhaps the best way to do this is to visit a gas supply comparison website and by typing in a few details a potential gas supplier will offer their typical rates. It should be borne in mind that these rates will probably not be the ones enjoyed by the firm concerned since the gas supplier will need to tailor their offering to the firm’s own needs. Inevitably, this makes sourcing a like-for-like quote very difficult but it does begin the process of realising just how much a firm may be overpaying for their business gas supply and how much they can save. It’s also possible to enjoy lower rates by locking the business into a contract that runs for two, three or even five years; this is a sound choice should the business believe that energy rates will rise over the coming years. Locking into longer term business gas supply contracts Another good reason for locking into longer-term business gas supply contracts is that the firm will then know what their cash flow will be like since they know how much they gas bills are likely to be over a given period. While many business owners will be tied up with the day-to-day process of running a business and will probably be tight for time, it is still worth spending some time looking at the various offers and opportunities available. Alternatively, a simple way to find out how much a firm could be paying for their business gas supply is to contact experts such as D-Energi who have the expertise to find the best tariffs possible within just a few minutes. This could be a tempting prospect for many business owners since they will be able to source lower gas prices quickly and efficiently. It should also be appreciated that the experts at D-Energi can also take care of the switchover process which is a seamless transaction and there will be no interruption to the firm’s gas supply. For those larger firms, particularly those with more than one premises, it’s also possible to access lower gas prices and by contacting the team they will also find out just how much they can save. The supply of gas to various premises It’s also possible to have just one invoice supplied for the supply of gas to various premises and offices rather than having to deal with several invoices. This will help streamline the payment processing and help the business keep on top of paperwork and predict their bills more accurately. There’s a lot to recommend using online comparison websites since they do encourage firms to examine further just how much they can save but, as mentioned previously, firms should appreciate that the price quoted may not be the price they will be offered.   It’s for this reason that the experts at D-Energi can offer more help and advice when it comes to helping a firm find a cheap business gas supplier and save lots of money in the process to lower their overheads and boost profitability. Save
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21 Apr

Understanding Commercial Energy Prices to Save Money

by Simon Thompson
 
All firms and organisations should understand commercial energy prices so they can save money and boost profitability. This is easier said than done and this article will help explain how to go about comparing the various prices and why. Firstly, the easiest way is to contact the experts at D-Energi who will have all of the latest business energy deals and tariffs and may be able to offer a better deal than the firm is currently enjoying. Alternatively, the firm could also visit the various business energy price comparison websites to see for themselves what deals are available. Undoubtedly, they will save money and a quick search of the marketplace will reveal just how much; this could range from hundreds of pounds to thousands of pounds. However, while visiting price comparison websites they will give a quick indication of the savings to be made, though a firm should be wary because these may not be the same prices that will be offered should they contact the energy supplier. Quote for commercial energy This isn’t the fault of the comparison website or the energy supplier since offering a like-for-like quote for commercial energy is a difficult issue to meet. Instead, the organisation will need to contact the energy supplier directly, give them a few details and they will be provided with a bespoke deal, hopefully matching the one they saw on the website. The other downside to using price comparison website is that they may not be searching the entire business energy supply market so the best deals available may not even be offered to the organisation looking for them. Instead, it may just be easier for many business owners who are busy with running their businesses to contact experts in the field who do know which are the best deals and offers currently available and they will be able to give this advice in just a few minutes. Again, these energy market experts will need a few details to put together a bespoke offering including the firm’s address and their meter number. This is all part and parcel of understanding commercial energy prices so a firm or organisation can save money, and they are highly likely to save a lot. Find a cheaper commercial energy quote That’s because a survey has revealed that around 40% of organisations have never switched their energy supplier and will have moved onto a new, probably much more expensive contract, by simply not acting when they have the opportunity to find a cheaper commercial energy quote. For those firms who have moved onto a new rollover contract, this is known as a ‘deemed’ contract then they are able to change suppliers under these terms. However, for those firms who are in their mid-term of a contract then they cannot break their energy supply contract before the window of opportunity in the weeks before the contract ends. While this may be frustrating for firms, they need to be aware of their energy usage and they then can use the data to find a better deal. It’s also possible for those who really want to understand more about energy prices and wants to source all of their business electricity needs from renewable sources then this too is possible. Indeed, there are specialist suppliers of renewable energy for firms and organisations and the energy experts will be able to point the firm in the right direction. Switching to renewable energy By switching to renewable energy, the firm will be boosting their environmental credentials and may also be able to enjoy cheaper rates than they pay now by doing so. Essentially, the most important reason to look at commercial energy prices on a regular basis is for the business to save money; this means profitability will be improved and there is more money to reinvest in equipment, staff, and training. For small firms particularly having lower energy bills means they will be able to put money aside as a financial buffer. Along with monitoring what the various energy providers are offering, it’s also possible to work with the supplier who will conduct an energy audit to point to ways of improving energy efficiency and usage. This latest point could be crucial because on top of cheaper prices, by using less energy the firm will be reassured that they are doing all they can to access lower bills.   The best way to find out how and why firms should compare commercial energy prices is to contact the team of experts at D-Energi who will be pleased to help.
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19 Apr

Why Firms Should Compare Business Energy Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
A new survey has revealed why firms, both large and small, should compare business energy suppliers on a regular basis. The survey was conducted by Citizens Advice which looked at the complaints from employers with 10 staff or fewer and they also looked at the severity of the complaints and how long they took to resolve. One of the biggest reasons for switching, along with saving money, is for firms to enjoy better levels of customer service and this is one of the main reasons why firms leave the ‘Big Six’ suppliers to enjoy a better relationship. The survey highlights an important aspect when it comes to contract renewal and that’s to be aware of when a contract is coming to an end before the energy supplier automatically moves the business onto another contract. The big problem with this is that the new contract will probably be much more expensive than their current rates are. Unfortunately, there’s only a small window of opportunity in the weeks before a contract comes to an end for a business to take action and find a new energy supplier. Quickly and effectively find a cheaper and better energy supplier We’ll come to how firms can quickly and effectively find a cheaper and better energy supplier, but it’s also time to highlight that firms cannot switch suppliers mid-contract and they need to be aware of verbally accepting an offer when contacting a potential energy supplier. That’s because a contract will have been made and the firm will then be stuck with a contract they may not want or need for a full 12 months before they can switch suppliers. The survey highlights that this is a common frustration for many firms when their supplier fails to notify them that their contract is coming to an end and they are then moved onto a dear tariff. The same customers then complain that they struggle to cancel their contract even though this will have moved onto a ‘deemed’ a contract which is easier to cancel since it’s considered to be on a rolling basis. A spokeswoman for the organisation said that the experiences from small businesses highlighted the problems they face and when small employers need to find a new energy supplier they are often too time-poor to pursue this properly. The organisation has now produced a league table of the UK’s business energy providers which should help potential customers compare tariffs and services. Looking to compare business electricity deals The aim is to help energy suppliers deliver a higher quality service for micro and small businesses who are looking to compare business electricity deals. However, the process for a firm to switch business electricity suppliers, as well as gas, is simple and straightforward and it’s important to understand that there will be no loss of supply to their premises during the process. In addition, it’s highly likely they will save hundreds if not thousands of pounds and will boost their profitability by simply switching energy suppliers. The first step may be to visit one of the many business energy price comparison websites to get an idea of what the market rate might be. There are several problems with this approach and the first is that the comparison website may not be searching the entire market. Also, the rate being offered may not be the ones quoted to the firm when they make direct contact since it’s difficult to offer a like-for-like quote when the energy supplier must deliver a bespoke offering. Quotes to compare business gas and electricity That’s one reason why firms must source a range of quotes to compare business gas and electricity prices separately even though they may use the same supplier. For those small firms that have never switched, they are in good company because a survey from the Competition and Markets Authority reveals that around 40% of firms have never swapped business energy suppliers. The government is keen that more firms swap on a regular basis to help encourage more competition for prices and for more suppliers to enter the market. For the price of a phone call, a firm can quickly and easily find just how much money they can save on their business energy supply and have the peace of mind that experts will deal with the switchover process. The experts at D-Energi will only need a few details, including the relevant meter numbers, to carry out a quick check of the potential deals and offers available and then begin the process to switch over. This service offering isn’t just available for micro and small businesses, it’s also available for larger employers as well as charities and other organisations.   The aim is to offer a better deal for a firm’s energy which is why all firms should compare business energy suppliers on a regular basis to save large amounts of their bills and boost profitability in the process, so for more help and information about how to go about this, contact D-Energi.
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17 Apr

Has Your Business Complied with P272?

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s taken more than six years to come to fruition, but the P272 regulations are now in force but have your firm taken the steps to comply with it? You could be forgiven as a business owner for not knowing what the P272 regulations mean but every business with an energy meter in the 5 – 8 profile class must now have moved to a half hourly (HH) meter. This is because energy suppliers with customers within the profile bracket must now settle with them on a half hourly basis. The regulation to switch over the meters was first published in 2011 and since April 2014 all meters being installed must be advanced enough to be capable of remotely recording their meter readings on a half hourly basis. Despite this, not every meter has the HH data available for the firm’s settlement purposes so many have found themselves having to rely on older manual meter readings. However, from April 1, it is now the law for energy suppliers to settle with all of their customers with a meter in the profile class 5 – 8 on a half hourly basis. Up to the supplier to install the correct meter This means it is up to the supplier to install the correct meter though it’s always worthwhile for a business owner to check that this has been done and they are being billed correctly. Some people in the industry may be wondering why there has been so much upheaval but there are several reasons for doing so. The main one is that the business will receive more accurate bills because the supplier will receive a meter reading every half-hour. This is done automatically and the business will be able to see when their energy usage is and whether they could move to an off-peak tariff to save money. The data provided from HH metres is also crucial should the business be looking to switch energy suppliers since they will have accurate information about their energy needs. In exchange, a potential new energy supplier can then analyse that data and offer a bespoke tariff that will better meet the firm’s needs. This is all part of the government’s aim to create competition within the marketplace believing that this will lead to lower prices. Potential business energy suppliers entering the market Indeed, there has been a big growth in the number of potential business energy suppliers entering the market with a range of better deals on tariffs but also better customer service. While many firms will stick with one of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers, they should check regularly whether there are cheaper deals available. That’s because a firm or organisation will be obliged to keep their overheads in check and reduce outgoings where necessary and one effect of encouraging firms to switch energy suppliers is to use the data from a P272 meter to save substantial amounts of money. These savings could range in value and the size of the firm but could be from several hundred pounds to thousands of pounds. This means profitability will be boosted as well. Another big attraction for the P27 to regulation is that a firm with several premises could if they are large enough energy users, get one invoice covering all of their premises rather than several invoices to deal with. Also, with the growing popularity of smart meters, it would be fair to say that smaller firms and organisations will also be required to move to HH metres at some point in the future; this is an issue that the regulator Ofgem is looking at currently. The potential for accessing lower energy bills has prompted one of the big energy suppliers to urge all firms to review their current contract supply. The P272 regulations have come into force They made the announcement after the P272 regulations had come into force and said larger firms had enjoyed the benefits of having HH bills – the data had given them ‘deeper insights’ into their energy usage. The call comes after the energy generators warned that firms could face dearer costs at peak time – which presents them with the opportunity to control costs. It appears that at some point Ofgem will bring in steeper charges for these peak periods to help spread demand, particularly over winter. The energy supplier says that one reason for this is the move towards a greater reliance on renewable energy sources which are more difficult to manage and operate. By preparing now and understanding how the HH meters work to the firm’s benefit means they can keep ahead of the rises by planning and negotiating effectively with a cheaper energy supplier for lower bills.   For help and advice about the P272 regulation, contact the experts at D-Energi who will be able to explain more.
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