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8 Jan

Why Should You Think About Electric Cars For Your Business?

by Simon Thompson
 
Electric cars are growing in popularity, and are increasingly being seen as a viable mode of transport for drivers – not just those who are environmentally aware, or tech-savvy. In fact, electric cars can offer you a wealth of benefits – especially if you are thinking about investing in them for your business fleet. The benefits of electric vehicles are clear to many car manufacturers already, with over 20 manufacturers producing electric models already – and more and more planning to join in.  This means there is now a variety of choices when it comes to EV’s (electric vehicles) so whatever your budget or needs, leasing or purchasing an electric car is now more of an attractive proposition than it ever was. Yes, sometimes the upfront costs can be higher, but over the life of the lease, your business could benefit from major cost efficiencies, greater convenience, better performance, and less of an impact on the environment around us. The main benefits associated with electric cars are: Environmental benefits. Pure electric vehicles are built without an exhaust, so they, therefore, don’t emit any exhaust gases, which has a major effect on local air pollution – especially in noisy and congested cities Discounts on congestion charges. If your business is based in a “Clean Air Zone” area then you will be exempt from paying any congestion charges if your business car fleet is electric vehicles. The cost savings for your business could be enormous. If you are based in London, for example, you could save up to £2875 a year per car Lower running costs. One of the main advantages of running an electric car is that they are much cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars. You may also benefit from free or low-cost charging at some workplaces or council-owned sites. If your car is pure electric then you also don’t have to pay road tax, while plug-in hybrids receive a £10 discount. Electric cars also tend to have fewer moving parts than petrol or diesel cars, and so maintenance and servicing tend to be cheaper. Government funding towards a charging point. At the moment, the UK government is offering a Workplace Charging Scheme which provides eligible businesses with a grant towards installing workplace charging points. Reduced company car tax on electric cars. During 2020/2021 there was zero tax on Benefit in Kind, and this will increase to 1% in 2021/2022 and 2% in 2022/2023. Capital allowances for businesses. Cars with C02 emissions of less than 50g/km are eligible for 100% first-year capital allowances, so you can deduct the cost of the entire car from your pre-tax profits.   To support the wide range of business owners who are now changing over to electric car business fleets, D-Energi are now offering EV charging points for business and home. If you’d like to find out more about that, and our off-peak charging & Go Electric tariff, please get in touch.
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4 Jan

How to Get the Best Business Energy Quote

by Simon Thompson
 
Getting a business energy quote before you renew is essential if you want to make sure you and your business are getting the best deal possible. Before you start this process, however, you need to make sure you are well prepared so that the quotes you receive are as accurate as possible. Here are our top tips to help you get the most out of your business energy quote: Know your current tariff. Unfortunately, most business owners we deal with don’t have a clue what their current business electricity or gas tariff is which makes it practically impossible to compare prices when it comes to getting a business gas or business electricity quote. Be prepared and dig out your last bill before you start so you can compare apples with apples. Be sure when your current contract ends. Most business energy suppliers are not great at letting you know when your contract is up, mainly because they want you to roll over into a new one without any hassle. Once you have a clear idea of the date your contract is up, and whether there is anything you need to do to let them know you are swapping, you will be in a much better position to start looking at quotes. Research potential suppliers. Most people, when getting energy quotes, tend to look at one or two of the top six suppliers. However, if you limit yourself to these you may be preventing yourself from getting the best deal for you. Using D-ENERGI to get your quote, means you can access deals from lots of different energy suppliers, including the smaller ones – and so find the contract that best aligns with your business needs more efficiently. Know your business electricity profile class. If you are wanting to get a business electricity quote on its own, then you will need to know your profile class which is based on your Peak Load Factor and usage. New and renewing customers who are currently in profile class 05 to 08 are now required to use half-hourly metering. Know your business gas and electricity supply numbers. Most energy supply companies will ask for these before they complete your quote as they want to make sure they are in good standing (and to ensure what you have told them is accurate). For a business gas quote, you will need your Meter Point Reference Number (MPR) from your last gas bill. For a business electricity quote, you will need a Metering Point Administration Number (MPAN) found next to the big S on your bill.   The top tip we can give you when getting business electricity or business gas quote is to get a lot of quotes so you know you are choosing the best one. And the best way to do that is to use D_ENERGI to search the market for you. Click on the big pink button at the top of the page to get your FREE quote now.
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