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5 Sep

How a business should switch energy suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
All businesses and organisations are looking to control their costs and with energy bills rising, and looking set to rise more quickly in the years to come, then all businesses should understand how they can switch energy suppliers. The first point is that this is a very straightforward process and the benefits of reducing energy bills will be felt immediately. The easiest way to switch energy suppliers for a business is to contact several to see what offers they have to attract you as a customer. It’s also important that speaking with more than one energy supplier will also establish a benchmark for prices and offers that can also be used as a negotiating tactic. Also, a business that’s on a deemed, or default, tariff should also appreciate that their energy supplier must take reasonable steps to tell them about other contracts that are available and how they can find more information. Businesses looking to switch their energy supplier Businesses looking to switch their energy supplier should also take regular meter readings as these will give a fair picture of their consumption over a period of time and help give a potential new energy supplier an idea of what your demands and needs will be. Before switching suppliers, a business should also ensure that they know the terms and conditions of their current contract they have with their energy supplier such as knowing when the contract ends and how much notice they need to give a supplier before switching. It should be appreciated that some business energy suppliers will detail within a contract when this can occur. Any business that is looking into an energy switch Any business that is looking into an energy switch should also ask the potential new energy supplier to explain their terms and conditions of any deal so the business understands the benefits before signing up to it. The main reason for doing this is that most business energy supply deals do not incorporate a cooling off period which is the period of time that a contract can be cancelled after it’s been signed. While it’s tempting to reduce costs by switching business energy suppliers, those looking to switch should also understand that the current supplier can place an objection to the switching to a new supplier only under strict criteria which includes having a debt with the current supplier or that switching would break the terms of a contract. However, the supplier cannot place an objection to switch suppliers if the business is on a deemed contract and if the contract itself has expired and the business is not bound by its terms. While there are lots of business energy suppliers offering interesting deals, it also pays to visit specialist comparison websites or speak with the helpful team at D-Energi for more information about how to switch energy suppliers are smoothly as possible and save money too.
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2 Sep

Reduce costs by switching business energy supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
For anybody running a small business, or any size of business for that matter, they can reduce costs by switching their business energy supplier. There’s no doubt that by putting in a small amount of effort and calling around a few suppliers, that the tariffs available vary greatly and it is possible to get a great energy deal easily. Indeed, depending on the business size, the potential savings by switching energy suppliers for a business could be substantial. According to some industry experts, a business could save several thousand pounds from its energy bill by simply switching suppliers. Considering that a small business may spend around £5,000 on its electricity bill and £4,000 on gas, there could be a large amount of money to be saved. And for a business all money saved is a boost to profitability in the success of the business. Enjoy lower business energy prices So while switching business energy suppliers is relatively straightforward and easy, it is still not a very popular tactic for a firm to undertake in a bid to cut its costs by enjoying lower business energy prices. This has been underlined by an investigation last year by the Competition and Markets Authority which revealed that around 40% of businesses in the UK had not switched their energy supplier in five years. Another surprising statistic is that 30% of businesses had never switched suppliers so they are probably overpaying hugely on their energy bills. Indeed, in one news story a firm in London was featured with an annual electric bill of £3,000 with the energy supplier increasing that to £3,500 every year. However, with a quick search of online comparison websites this price was reduced to £2,800 and then after contacting a few business energy suppliers by phone they managed to haggle this down to £2,600 every year. Paying for their business energy needs So with a few minutes of effort a small business had saved £900 on what they would have been paying for their business energy needs. For anybody who is thinking of switching business energy suppliers, it’s always worthwhile having a breakdown of rates and standing charges to compare a quote on a like-for-like basis. There are some simple steps to take to ensure a business gets the best possible deal and that is to establish a benchmark price first. This can be done by using an online comparison website for business energy costs. With this figure in mind, it’s worthwhile calling around suppliers and brokers to see who will offer the best price. Not everyone will do but it’s still worth making the effort. This is where an established popular business such as D-energi comes into its own with its friendly and helpful team willing to answer questions and providing the very best deal when it comes to firm wanting to switch their business energy supplier.
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30 Aug

Choosing business energy suppliers – what a business needs to know

by Simon Thompson
 
Finding the best business energy suppliers is a relatively straightforward process and many firms and organisations probably don’t realise just how wide ranging their options are. While many businesses will have heard of the ‘Big 6’, such as British Gas and npower, it doesn’t always mean that they offer the best rates or even the best service for their customers. There are many smaller business energy suppliers who provide competitive prices and services as well. Indeed, just like domestic customers can do, businesses are free to choose the best energy supplier for its needs. However, with so many variables and options involved in finding the best energy supplier, a business could be forgiven for opting to use an intermediary to research the market and then conduct negotiations on their behalf. Price comparison websites for business gas suppliers There are even a number of energy price comparison websites for business gas suppliers that deliver a range of energy deals that will suit businesses of all sizes and shapes. So why should a business put up with high energy prices when the process of switching business energy suppliers is straightforward and with one or two telephone calls the savings could be substantial. Since this is an increasingly competitive market, businesses looking for a new energy supplier should take on board not just price, but also the service, friendly staff and ask how long the supplier has been in business. There are lots of smaller business energy suppliers and there are firms coming and going and others being taken over but the Big 6 still dominate the market which means they effectively get to dictate prices and contracts. Use independent business electricity suppliers However, by opting to use independent business electricity suppliers, firms will find an energy deal tailor-made for their needs. When beginning the process to compare business energy suppliers, a firm should look at how much energy they are using by monitoring their meters for usage though the potential supplier can also help put these figures together. They will also need their recent energy bills for the business to hand and they will need to give a new business energy supplier their postcode. They also need to decide when the new contract will start. We explained previously on a D-energi blog that there are some types of contract where the business must wait until the contract ends before switching suppliers but that doesn’t prevent them from checking out the potential savings they can make with a new energy supplier for business. For anybody who would like to know more information and of the potential savings that can be made by switching business energy suppliers, then contact the helpful and friendly team at D-energi.
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19 Aug

How to find the right business energy supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
Most firms are always interested in boosting their bottom line which is why they should consider choosing a better and cheaper business energy supplier for their needs. Indeed, switching energy suppliers and even setting up a new energy account as soon as a business moves into new premises can have an almost instant effect on reducing outgoings. The first thing that all businesses should do is to speak with their current supplier and find out what special deals they may offer to retain custom but the real reason for doing this is to use it as a benchmark to look at other deals from business energy suppliers. However, firms should also appreciate that if they are on a specific, or ‘deemed’, tariff then their energy supplier is obliged to tell them about other contracts that are available and how to get information for them. Firms looking to switch business energy suppliers Firms looking to switch business energy suppliers should also take regular meter readings as this will give a fair picture of their energy consumption over a given period of time and it will also help when speaking with potential energy suppliers so they can tailor a quote for meeting consumption needs. To do this, the meter has a unique registration number – it’s known as the meter point administration number (MPAN) for electricity or the meter point reference number (MPRN) for gas – and these will need to be given to a new business energy supplier. These numbers are also found on the energy bill and also on the meter itself. Before making a switch to a new energy supplier, businesses should really appreciate what the current terms of their contract are and they need to know when it ends. That’s because they may need to inform their current supplier they are planning to switch and some contracts will only allow this to be done at certain times. Discussing your business energy needs It is also important when discussing your business energy needs with a new energy supplier that they discuss the terms of the contract in detail so the customer is fully aware and happy with the terms and conditions before signing up to a new deal. Businesses also need to appreciate that a current business energy supplier could object to the firm switching to another supplier but this can only be done under specific circumstances and, more importantly, the circumstances will be detailed within the contract between the business and the supplier. Among the reasons for objecting is if the business has an outstanding debt with the supplier or they have a fixed term contract that has yet to end so they are contract-bound not to switch suppliers. However, the current business energy supplier cannot object if the business is on a deemed contract or if their contract has expired and there are no longer bound by its terms. For more information about switching business energy suppliers, contact the experts D-ENERGi  on or read more information on the Ofgem website.
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