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13 Dec

How to Save Money with Business Half Hourly Electricity Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
The installation of new meters for larger electricity users means there is now a great opportunity to save money with business half hourly electricity suppliers. For those who may not be aware, a half hourly electricity meter, also known as an HH meter, is a special kind of meter that is connected to the electricity supplier via a phone line. This means the meter can automatically send its meter readings every 30 minutes to the supplier – which is why it’s called a half hourly electricity meter. This also means there’s no need for a business to take meter readings and then submit them and the regular updates of your usage also enable a potential supplier to see when your peak periods of use are and tailor their offering to meet your needs. It’s this extra level of detail which should lead to substantial savings and a lowering of overheads. Half hourly electricity meters being used by larger firms However, when we talk about half hourly electricity meters being used by larger firms, we tend to mean large offices and factories; they tend to have an electricity usage of at least 100,000 kWh of electricity per year. We should also point out that all large users of energy, including department stores and manufacturers, will have these half hourly meters installed because it’s now the law. Indeed, these meters are sometimes referred to as P272 meters which are the relevant reference for those who want to find out more, and Ofgem is keen for more firms to have smart meters installed. While it’s easy to switch business electricity supplies, the process for those who have half hourly suppliers is a little bit more complicated than switching a regular contract but there are experts available to help you do this. Access the best half hourly electricity prices for you This complexity should not put you from searching the market but you can contact an energy broker, provide the information and they can access the best half hourly electricity prices for you. Essentially, the broker will need a data release letter from your business so they can access the data that is being provided by the meter and they can begin a tendering process. The broker will arrange for quotes from various energy suppliers and then take care of the switchover process which can range from between four weeks and six weeks, depending on when your contract is due for renewal. It’s also possible that by using half hourly meters, your business may be able to ‘group buy’ your electricity even if the meters are spread over various premises. It’s also possible to enjoy cheaper weekend and night electricity rates.   For more help and advice about how to save money with business half hourly electricity suppliers, then speak with the expert team at D-Energi.
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11 Dec

Why You Need to Find A New Business Electricity Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
Whether you are a one-man band or a large organisation, there are very good reasons why you need to find a new business electricity supplier. The main one is the most obvious reason and that’s to save money on your bills and lower overheads to boost profitability. This is a straightforward process. Indeed, it should be standard good practice for all businesses, regardless of their size, to look at their electricity bills every year and decide whether they want to switch supplier. By doing so, they will – more than likely – be able to enjoy cheaper bills as a result. But how does a business get to enjoy lower business electricity rates? The answer is to compare the different offerings from electricity suppliers. Finding cheaper business electricity rates There are three effective ways of finding cheaper business electricity rates: You can visit an online comparison website which will do most of the legwork for you but be aware that they may not be searching the entire market and you’ll still need to speak with the electricity supplier directly. You could also visit individual business electricity supplier websites and get a quote directly from them but again you may not be searching the entire market and you may not end up with a deal that is suitable for your business needs. The third way is probably the quickest and easiest route: that is to speak with the friendly team at D-Energi who will be able to search the entire market and, within a few minutes, deliver a quote to supply electricity to your business that will be cheaper.   With most businesses in the UK having to rely on electricity for their everyday functions, whether that’s to switch on a light or even heat a kettle, there’s no escaping the need for electricity. However, there’s also no escaping the fact that businesses should not be paying more than they need to for their electricity supply and by switching suppliers they can lower costs. Business electricity suppliers Also, it’s possible with some business electricity suppliers that they will offer improved levels of customer service and other extras such as an energy consultation to help your business lower its bills even further. There are many reasons for making the switch and with electricity costs predicted to rise over the coming years, and the fact that around 40% of firms have never switched business electricity supplier, means that even the smallest of enterprises could save a substantial amount of money every year by spending a little time looking at what else is available. In addition, the industry regulator Ofgem is keen to boost competition within the sector to help keep prices low and one way of doing this is for firms to switch their supplier of electricity on a regular basis.   If you would like to know more about why you need to find a new business electricity supplier and to enjoy lower energy bills, then it’s time to speak with the friendly team at D-Energi.
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8 Dec

Which Business Gas Suppliers Should Your Firm Use?

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s one of the most important questions that your firm can ask and that’s which business gas suppliers should you be using? The answer isn’t that straightforward and while many will opt to use one of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers this may mean you are not enjoying the best prices for your business or even have a deal that suits your business’s needs. This is why firms should explore the market thoroughly and it may mean using a business gas supplier you may never have heard of before but who offers an excellent bespoke deal. Indeed, the process of finding a business gas supplier and sourcing a quote can be a tricky path since the potential supplier will need to understand what your business needs are and then deliver a deal to meet them. Sourcing business electricity suppliers This issue of scouring the market also extends to sourcing business electricity suppliers since these will need to offer a bespoke deal too and there are plenty of good offers available. Also, while it may appear to be a sound business move to snap up the cheapest electricity or gas quote for your business, it’s not necessarily the best deal. In addition to calculating the standing charge and unit rates being offered, a new supplier may also offer other things that you may appreciate. For instance, a new energy supplier may offer an energy audit or a consultation to help you and your business lower your energy demand so your bills will fall even further. Switch business energy suppliers It’s also important that your firm can only switch business energy suppliers when a current contract is due for renewal and rather than accepting a current supplier’s offering, you really should look at other potential suppliers. Even a quick search on a comparison website will indicate what the market rates might be for your business needs though the comparison site may not be searching the entire business energy supply market. In addition, it is also important that your firm is not rolled-over automatically onto a contract since these tend to be much higher prices simply because you haven’t responded to find a new supplier.   If you are asking which business gas suppliers, or indeed electricity suppliers, your business should be using to access cheaper bills, then it’s time to speak with the expert team at D-Energi who will be able to find an excellent offering within a few minutes by just using a few pieces of information from you about your firm’s energy use.
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6 Dec

Understanding Commercial Electricity Rates to Boost Profitability

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s probably on every business owner’s ‘to do’ list of how understanding commercial electricity rates will boost profitability but not everyone has the time to carry out the research. This article will help businesses of all shapes and sizes explain why switching electricity supplier will lower their costs and, potentially, boost the customer service levels they enjoy. The most important piece of information available to a business owner is their electricity bill and there are three items on there you need to be aware of: When your current contract ends Your current unit rate The standing charge.   Appreciating the standing charge and unit rate will prove useful since switching to a supplier with a lower rate, for instance, may not be the impressive deal it appears to be once you calculate their higher standing charge, for example. Know more about the electric prices you are charged It may be that your business’s energy bills appear to be too high and you want to know more about the electric prices you are being charged. Basically, the standing charge element of your bill is the amount you will be paying every day for the supply of electricity to your business premises. This amount is charged regardless of the amount of electricity your firm will be using. The unit rate being charged by your supplier is for every kilowatt hour, usually described as ‘kWh’ on your bill, and this measures the amount of electricity you have used. Again, accessing the lowest unit rate does not mean necessarily that you will be paying the cheapest possible bills since it may depend on how much energy you are using. For example, large firms will be wanting a low unit rate to help keep their costs down and very large firms will access prices close to the wholesale market price. On the other hand, smaller firms will be offered a variety of prices and this is where they will have to do their homework. Access a cheap commercial electricity quote However, before you can access a cheap commercial electricity quote you will need to know when your current contract will end. You cannot switch supplier mid-term without incurring a hefty fee. There will be a window of opportunity for switching and your current supplier will write to you to say your electricity is up for renewal and offer a new contract revealing what the new terms will be. This is your prompt to look at the market and find a cheaper and better deal.   When it comes to understanding commercial electricity rates to boost profitability, it will pay dividends to speak with the experts at D-Energi who understand how the market works and will have access to the latest and best deals and offers that will benefit your business.
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