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7 Jun

Electricity Quote for Large Business

by Simon Thompson
 
With so many providers available, sourcing an electricity quote for large business can be confusing and time-consuming. To help, the D-Energi team have the expertise to find the best deal possible in just minutes and they do so by searching the entire marketplace. It’s important to appreciate that sourcing a cheap electricity deal for a large business can be more complicated than sourcing one for a small or medium-sized enterprise. This is particularly true if your firm is a very large user of electricity and has a half hourly meter – or HH meter – installed but this can work to your advantage. Half hourly meter records your firm’s actual energy usage That’s because a half hourly meter will record details of your firm’s actual energy usage which will also be very beneficial to a potential provider. They will tailor their offering to meet your needs by analysing this data and you should be able to save money when doing so. You should know that a large user of electricity will be a firm or organisation consuming more than 100 kW. There is a provision that firms using more than 70 kWh can opt for a half hourly meter to be installed for their business. The meter works differently to normal electricity meters in that the usage data is sent to the supplier every 30 minutes – hence the name. Better electricity deals for firms with a half hourly meter In addition to having HH meters, a large business may also find that there are specialist suppliers who will tailor their deals to meeting your needs and can offer better electricity deals for firms with a half hourly meter installed. This means the size of your office or factory, including your annual turnover will be crucial to source these cheaper and better deals. The potential provider will also want to know what your plans are for the forthcoming year or two, for example, will you be remaining in one place or do you plan to expand? A potential electricity provider for a large business will then look at this information and offer a deal that will reduce overheads. It’s also possible to access very low prices by signing up for more than one year with a potential provider and some electricity suppliers will offer deals of up to four years to meet your needs. While you could carry out a search of the marketplace to find an electricity quote for large business, it’s probably easier speaking with experts who understand how this specialist market works and that means contacting the friendly D-Energi team to find out more.
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5 Jun

What Is A Half Hourly Meter?

by Simon Thompson
 
Not every firm or organisation will have one, but what is a half hourly meter? Essentially, it’s a special kind of electricity meter which offers automatic meter reading technology to deliver accurate electricity usage readings. This means there is no need for estimated bills because the half hourly meters – or HH meters – are fully automated, so the energy being used is recorded and sent every 30 minutes to the supplier. These meters are predominantly being used by large businesses such as offices and those who are operating in electricity-intensive industries and are using large amounts of electricity doing so. For any business that is consuming more than 100 kW of electricity, then it’s compulsory that you have a half hourly meter installed. Having a half hour meter installed For those firms that consume more than 70 kW of electricity, then there’s the option of having a half hour meter installed – and there are other benefits for having one fitted. The main reason for doing so is that a potential new electricity provider will be able to review when your business uses electricity through the day and help reduce energy use. The potential provider will also have more detailed information to provide you with a bespoke deal that will best meet your firm’s needs. And if you’ve recently moved into new premises and would like to know whether there is a HH meter fitted then doing so is easy. The main way is to check the bill being sent by your supplier which will have the letter ‘S’ next to the number in the top left-hand corner. Half hourly meters became a mandatory requirement It also needs to be appreciated that half hourly meters became a mandatory requirement from 1 April 2017 for firms who are big users of electricity. The move was created by Ofgem, the industry regulator, to help protect firms who use lots of energy at peak times to control their costs. This means that there should no longer be any unexpected high bills and having a HH meter also encouraged some firms to switch their intensive periods to cheaper, off-peak period use. These included large offices and warehouses, breweries and factories. If your firm has a half hourly meter installed, or you have a business consuming more than 70 kW of energy, then you need to speak with the D-Energi team who are able to search the entire marketplace to find a cheaper, better deal for meeting your needs.
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3 Jun

You Can Access Lower Business Gas Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
For most firms, their gas bills are much lower than their electricity costs but you can still access lower business gas rates by searching the marketplace effectively. Indeed, regardless of your firm’s size, there are attractive contract options available which are tailored for meeting your needs. You will need to know when your current contract is up for renewal and then search for a new supplier but only, according to research, one in three small and medium-sized firms switch their business gas suppliers every year. This means that around two in three firms are probably being overcharged for their gas – it doesn’t have to be like this when a new, cheaper supplier can be sourced in minutes by the D-Energi team. The average business gas bill The savings on a firm’s gas overheads will vary but the average business gas bill is around £850 every year and they are paying around 4.25p per kWh (kilowatt hour). Their standing charge, this is the amount paid to the National Grid, is around 40p per day. These are benchmarked figures to highlight whether you may be paying more than is necessary and if so, then it’s time to switch. Even a small business can save money with larger businesses saving thousands of pounds when swapping to a new provider. The wholesale gas market is a competitive one, which means that prices will change regularly and the wholesale costs have been falling steadily since December 2013. Switching to a new business gas supplier When it comes to switching to a new business gas supplier, the main reason for doing so will be down to cost savings. However, the prices being charged by a new provider will vary by region and the type of gas meter you have fitted. There are other issues to consider, including how many employees you have and what your potential demand for gas will be over the next 12 months. There are other ways to increase savings and you could opt for a flexible or a fixed tariff and you’ll need recent gas bills to show a potential supplier what your consumption levels are. You will also need your gas meter number which gives the exact address of supply for the property. Essentially, you can access lower business gas rates quite easily when you contact the experts at D-Energi because they know and understand how the market operates and have access to all business gas providers. Contact them today to lower your gas bill.
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31 May

Get A New Business Gas Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
Most busy business owners will appreciate that they can save money on their gas bills if they get a new business gas supplier in place. However, this means comparing various plans between gas providers and understanding how these deals are put together. It can be a time-consuming undertaking but it’s one that is worth doing because there are substantial savings to be had potentially. Along with understanding the difference between unit rates and standing charges, a business will also need to consider whether they want a fixed or flexible tariff and for how long they would like the tariff for; the longer the deal, the cheaper the prices tend to be. Business gas rates will vary hugely between suppliers One of the big issues is that business gas rates will vary hugely between suppliers and it’s not just the competition between them that affects the prices being quoted to your business. A lot also depends on your business circumstances, including your geographic location, the industry you work in and how many employees you have. The potential new gas supplier will also want to know whether you have plans for expansion in the pipeline so they can tailor their deal to your future needs. Also, you may find that when you begin the search for a new provider that some energy firms will only supply a business of a certain size. Switching business gas suppliers When it comes to switching business gas suppliers, it’s important that a business owner, or the delegated employee, is as clued-up as they possibly can be. It’s also important to appreciate that sourcing a business gas supply is not like finding a firm to supply gas to our homes. You’ll also need some information to hand, particularly from the recent gas bills and you’ll need to know what your meter point number is so a potential supplier will know your exact address. Other issues that may affect the price that you currently pay is the fact you may not have switched suppliers in recent years, so your current provider may have rolled you automatically onto a deemed rates contract which tends to be more expensive. It’s this inactivity that leads to firms paying more than is necessary for their gas bill and in just a few minutes you can find better suppliers with other potential incentives such as an energy consultancy to help your firm reduce its gas consumption levels. There are big savings to be made when you get a new business gas supplier and it’s helpful that the D-Energi team will help negotiate on your behalf to find a cheaper bill.
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