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21 Jun

How Business Can Switch Energy Suppliers Easily

by Simon Thompson
 
For many businesses looking to switch energy suppliers easily, the main incentive is for them to enjoy cheaper bills and lower overheads. Indeed, for some organisations the difference between making a profit and loss may come down to reducing their energy costs. Despite this opportunity, the energy sector’s regulator Ofgem says most firms haven’t bothered switching and are now missing out on huge cost savings. It also helps that firms can sign a contract for a fixed rate, usually for a year, though some contracts can run for two and even up to five years. This means they will be able to fix their energy prices which will be of benefit for their cash flow forecasts. Making the energy switch When it comes to making the energy switch, the process itself is straightforward and the firm will need to source a new supplier who is offering prices they find attractive. There is no loss of energy supply during the switchover process itself. It should also be appreciated that for those firms who have never switched energy supplier or have moved to new premises, they will be probably paying ‘deemed’ rates. This is an out of contract rate which can be an expensive position for a firm to be in; the out of contract rates are usually much higher than in-contract rates. However, if the firm doesn’t switch suppliers they may be automatically rolled onto these deemed contracts and may not appreciate just how much extra they are paying for their energy supply. Issues to consider when switching energy suppliers There are also other issues to consider when switching energy suppliers and these will include the firm’s location and the amount of energy they use. On top of this, the price they pay for a contract will also depend on their type of business, the length of contract they choose to sign for and, of course, the supplier as well. While this may appear to be a complicated and confusing marketplace, it is a simple one to negotiate though it does help having experts. This may mean speaking with the experts at D-Energi who have the expertise and experience to source cheaper energy deals for businesses of all shapes and sizes.   The D-Energi team can also explain how businesses can switch energy suppliers easily and discuss the potential savings that can be made.
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16 Jun

Finding Cheap Commercial Electricity Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
The market for offering cheap commercial electricity rates is a competitive one so it is relatively easy for a firm to find a cheaper new electricity supplier. However, there are some considerations that all firms and organisations will need to take into account when comparing business electricity tariffs and these include: Business size: the firm’s turnover and size of office space will be crucial for a potential supplier. Some will specialise in a business’s size and offering but not others. Business planning: knowing how long the business will be remaining in their premises will also dictate whether they have a short or long-term contract; a shorter term contract will bring flexibility for switching. Know your energy usage: all firms should check their bills to see how much electricity they are using as this will help a potential new supplier estimate the usage and potential tariff. Access cheaper electric prices being charged Knowing when the firm has its peak uses for electricity means they may be able to access cheaper electric prices being charged for use in the early hours of the morning or during the night. It’s also important that businesses look carefully at the deal being offered so it meets their needs. Firms and organisations should also be wary about fixed term contracts, particularly those that may tie them up for four years. While longer fixed contracts offer much lower rates and better deals, they are more difficult for a firm to break and switch to a different supplier. It’s also important that firms do their research and compare quotes from various suppliers and they need to do this within the window of opportunity before the current contract comes to an end. Compare a commercial electricity quote between suppliers This means they will need to allocate time and resources for someone to compare a commercial electricity quote between suppliers effectively and for smaller firms, this may be a difficult undertaking. However, the payoff is that they will probably source a much cheaper energy supply for their firm and save substantial amounts in the process; just about every firm will save money by switching to a new supplier. Just a word of caution for those firms who are using comparison websites for business energy prices; the website itself may not be searching the entire market or indeed all of the potential energy suppliers and may not be delivering the cheapest deals or tariffs. Also, the firm will need to contact the supplier directly because their energy quote will need to be bespoke.   For more help and advice about finding cheap commercial electricity rates, then it’s time to speak with the team of experts at D-Energi to find out what deals and offers are available.
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14 Jun

Compare Business Gas Prices and Find a New Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s a straightforward process to compare business gas prices and firms will be able to save lots of money by doing so. One of the best ways for reducing overheads on commercial gas supply is to sign a fixed term contract. This means the firm will begin the search for a price for their gas supply towards the end of the contract which generally runs for one year. It’s also possible to get two and three-year contracts which will deliver even lower prices. However, the only drawback to signing longer term contracts is they may be more difficult to get out of should the firm or organisation wish to cancel before the contract ends. Opt for the cheapest gas tariff According to some industry experts, the savings to be made by firms and organisations could be as high as 60% when they opt for the cheapest gas tariff. While many firms will opt to use one of the ‘Big Six’ gas suppliers because they know the name and are reassured of supply, there are big savings to be made by switching to smaller suppliers as well. Other issues to consider when looking at comparing gas prices is for those high volume consumers as they will see the price falling even more. This means the firm should really have a good idea of how much gas they will probably use during the term of a contract so they get the best and most accurate quote possible. This also brings us to the potential of the firm being on a rollover contract; this happened when their fixed term contract comes to an end and they will be switched to a more expensive ‘deemed’ rate. Get the best commercial gas quote It’s important that all firms and organisations pay attention to when their contract comes to an end and when the renewal occurs they can then get the best commercial gas quote. A surprising number of firms will not check the potential for switching business gas suppliers and will be paying more than they need to for their gas supply. Perhaps the best reason for switching supplier is not just to save lots of money but also look for those suppliers that may offer better levels of customer service and some suppliers offer energy audits as well. The potential of undertaking an energy audit is to bring about energy efficiencies that mean the firm will be using less gas which will bring its own benefits with lower bills over the long term. For more help and advice about how to compare business gas prices and finding a new supplier, then speak with the team of experts at D-Energi.
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5 Jun

Tips to Compare Business Energy Deals

by Simon Thompson
 
The first thing to appreciate when it comes to a firm looking compare business energy deals is that the process is rather different than that for sourcing cheap energy deals for our homes. For one thing, there are more business energy plans on offer than there are for domestic users and then finding which of these plans is the right one and how much it will cost is also going to take time. On top of this, the business will also be affected by their location and size and the type of industry they are in. Indeed, when it comes to comparing business energy prices it will pay to get several quotes online from various websites to get an idea of the market rates and then research further. Looking to compare business electricity prices It helps that when a firm is looking to compare business electricity prices that the suppliers will show their rates on their websites. However, the rates being shown are generally those for the variable rate deemed contract which tend to be the most expensive price. It should also be appreciated that the deemed contract is generally the automatic contract a firm will be rolled over onto should they not switch energy suppliers. This means they will almost certainly achieve a lower rate by switching supplier and opting for a fixed term contract. Firms looking to compare business gas prices The same can be said for firms looking to compare business gas prices and again the contract that will be offered is dependent on the firm’s consumption habits and circumstances. There’s no doubt that gas is a crucial part of the business’s needs whether it’s to heat a shop or help power the kitchen of a restaurant. This also means that no two business gas contracts will be the same and should the firm be looking to compare gas and electricity prices online this will become apparent when they contact the supplier directly. Indeed, this could be something of a shock since the price the supplier offers may differ widely from the attractive price the firm saw on the business energy comparison website. That’s not the fault of the website or the supplier since they will need to offer a bespoke deal to help meet the firm’s own particular energy needs. There is also a quick way to research the market thoroughly and finding a suitable deal without spending lots of time and energy researching what can be a confusing market.   That is to contact the helpful team at D-Energi who will have all of the latest deals and tariffs available and will be able to compare business energy deals and within a few minutes deliver a quote the firm will like and also deal with the switchover process itself.
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