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13 May

Understanding Your Commercial Energy Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
When it comes to understanding your commercial energy prices, then a firm’s electricity and gas bills are not always the easiest to understand. Not only does a business owner need to appreciate the layout and terminology, but there are also various figures and abbreviations to appreciate. This means that, understandably, most business owners don’t try to work out their bills to see whether they can access cheaper commercial energy prices with a new supplier. One issue is that businesses need to appreciate the total amount being paid over a year and they may have questions about why their commercial energy prices don’t appear to be falling. Searching for a commercial energy quote Part of the problem when searching for a commercial energy quote from a new provider is that they may offer a cheaper unit price – that’s the amount charged for the gas and electricity used by your firm. However, they may charge much more than you currently pay for the standing charge, which is the amount paid to the National Grid for the supply of gas to your premises. Since this isn’t a set fee, it does vary hugely between providers and it may help explain why your commercial energy bill never appears to reduce. And there’s more to your bill than accessing cheaper unit rates so you will need to pay particular attention to the standing charge and other fees that may be incurred. Reduce commercial energy overheads In addition, all businesses can take steps to reduce their commercial energy overheads by reducing the amount of energy that they use on a daily basis. There are simple steps that firms can take such as introducing newer and more efficient energy equipment, particularly for computers and printers, and also switching lightbulbs to energy efficient alternatives. Indeed, upgrading your firm’s lighting could save a substantial amount every year, along with turning off lights when they are not being used and removing unnecessary lamps in areas that are brightly lit. It may also make sense to introduce dimmer controls so employees can adjust brightness levels to suit their tastes. It’s also possible to find a new supplier offering an energy consultancy to help a firm reduce its energy consumption levels so that they enjoy lower bills – and boost their ‘green’ credentials. When it comes to understanding commercial energy prices and to avoid expensive standing charges, then you need to speak with a friendly team at D-Energi.
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10 May

Help to Compare Business Energy Quotes

by Simon Thompson
 
If you are a busy business owner confused by the process to find a new energy supplier and need help to compare business energy quotes, then you need the D-Energi team. That’s because they have years of experience in finding the best and cheapest deals for firms around the country and they can take care of the switchover process too. It’s important to appreciate that D-Energi is able to search the entire energy supply market for businesses, whereas an online comparison site may only have a select number of suppliers for you to choose from. This means there could be better and cheaper deals available elsewhere. Also, while the comparison site appears to be a quick process, you will still need to negotiate with the supplier directly as you will need to agree to a bespoke deal for meeting your needs. Compare business electricity and gas offers So, when is the best time to compare business electricity and gas offers? The answer is when your current provider gets in touch with details of what your next year’s contract rates will be and this is the nudge that most firms will need to see whether there are cheaper and better deals available. The answer is that there probably are better deals around. However, not every firm will undertake this exercise and one government survey has highlighted that around 40% of businesses have never bothered switching their energy providers. As a result, they are probably paying far more than is necessary for their energy needs because their supplier will have moved them across to a ‘deemed’ rate automatically and these tend to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be this way when, in a few minutes, the D-Energi team can find cheaper business electricity and gas deals. Find and compare business gas deals As mentioned, the process to find and compare business gas deals is similar to that when you search for electricity providers. While most firms will be spending less on their gas bills than for electricity, it’s still a worthwhile exercise in sourcing a new supplier. Along with appreciating the unit costs and standing charges, a busy business owner may also need to appreciate whether they need a fixed or variable rate and whether they would prefer to sign up for more than one year because this is the opportunity to access even cheaper prices to help with cashflow planning. There’s a lot to consider when you need to compare business energy quotes between providers and the friendly team at D-Energi will be able to help and offer advice that will benefit your firm and its profitability.
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8 May

Turn On to Cheap Business Gas

by Simon Thompson
 
While the gas bill for many firms will be relatively low when compared to that for electricity, it’s still worthwhile turning on to a cheap business gas deal. Not only will you reduce overheads to boost profitability, but there’s also an opportunity to enjoy better levels of customer service and find a supplier that reflects the ethos of your business. Growing numbers of firms are switching to green energy providers to reflect their company‚Äôs ethos and you could consider this possibility when you switch business gas suppliers. It helps that the switchover process is seamless and finding a new supplier takes very little effort, particularly when you use the expert team at D-Energi. Finding a cheap business energy deal However, finding a cheap business energy deal can be a tricky process and also a time-consuming one if you decide to do this yourself. The obvious route is to use an online comparison site which will compare the offers between business gas providers to find a deal that suits you. You will need to compare the gas prices per kilowatt hour (kWh) between the suppliers and also their standing charge. One of the downsides for what appears to be a quick process is that the comparison site is probably not comparing the entire marketplace to find the very best deal that will meet your needs. Plus you will still need to negotiate directly with a recommended supplier because you must sign up to a bespoke deal. Source a cheap business electricity offering And while we can’t sign up for a dual fuel deal for a business, you can source a cheap business electricity offering from the same provider as that for your gas. The process to find a new electricity deal is the same as that for gas and you could use a comparison site or contact electricity providers directly to find out what they will offer. This means trying to compare deals on a like-for-like basis which can be confusing and you’ll need to appreciate the difference between the unit price and the standing charge, which is the amount levied for delivering electricity and gas to your premises, so you can negotiate a cheaper deal. The easiest and quickest way to turn on to cheap business gas and electricity deals is to spend a few minutes speaking with the friendly team at D-Energi to find out what they can offer by searching the entire market and then taking care of the switching process.
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6 May

Is A Business Energy Switch For You?

by Simon Thompson
 
For most business owners, their priorities will be to maintain the quality of their service and products while keeping running costs low, which makes a business energy switch an attractive proposition. While they may be very busy with their day-to-day activities, sourcing a new energy provider is straightforward and can be done very quickly. But why go to the bother? The main reason is that you will reduce your annual energy bill and, depending on the size of your business, you could save thousands of pounds every year. That is an immediate boost to the bottom line and you will be sourcing cheaper energy providers for the coming year, or perhaps for two or more years for even cheaper prices. Having smart meters installed when you switch energy providers There’s also a lot to recommend having smart meters installed when you switch energy providers as this will help you monitor your daily use of energy and what your potential bills might be. The meters send information about your energy use to the supplier so there are no more estimated bills. However, if you already have a smart meter installed it is probably wise mentioning this to see whether it will work with the new supplier because one national newspaper has reported that around half of smart meters stopped working when a firm switched energy suppliers. Having energy meters installed also means that a business and its employees can help reduce their use of energy to boost their environmental credentials as well as reducing their bills even further. This issue over smart meters is one that many firms may be confused about and the friendly team at D-Energi will be able to explain and of the benefits that come when they are installed. Search for a new energy solution provider When you begin the search for a new energy solution provider, it’s mainly to reduce overheads and enjoy cheaper bills but it’s also an opportunity to help other firms as well. Essentially, when you scour the market to find a cheaper energy provider you are helping to increase competition in the market which will benefit all firms when they look for a new energy solution. When it comes to undertaking an energy switch, you could reduce bills with lower rates and the use of a smart meter and you could also access an energy consultancy to help. A consultant will look at how and when you are using energy and make recommendations to reduce less of it so your savings could be even greater. If you would like more help and advice about whether a business energy switch is for you and your business, then it’s time to contact the experts at D-Energi who will be able to explain more.
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