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4 Mar

Move to a New Business Gas Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
If you run one of the country’s many microbusinesses, then you need to appreciate that when you need to move to a new business gas supplier, the process is easy. There is more freedom for small firms to arrange a better and cheaper business electricity and gas contract than it is for other larger businesses. Essentially, if you want to arrange a new deal and you have more than 30 days left on your current business gas or electricity contract, then you can do so. If you don’t know when your current energy deal comes to an end, your supplier is required to contact you with details of how your current deal will compare with any proposed deal they offer. Negotiating with a new business gas or electricity provider The aim of this information, the energy regulator of Ofgem says, is to help small businesses gain an advantage when negotiating with a new business gas or electricity provider or to gain a better offer with their current supplier. For those firms on a fixed term contract, the contract notice and date and the relevant notice period will be detailed on your bill. You can tell your supplier that you want to switch providers at any point before the contract notice period begins. One of the big positive of these rules is that a microbusiness is not restricted by a short timeframe to arrange a new energy deal that larger firms will have. Organisations looking for cheaper business gas rates Larger firms and organisations looking for cheaper business gas rates will only be able to do so within a window of opportunity before they are automatically rolled over onto a new contract; this is not the case for a microbusiness. One of the big issues with the situation is that this window of opportunity varied in length between suppliers and could be anything between 60 days and 120 days. Also, to confuse matters, different suppliers would open their switching window at different points in the contract’s life. This meant that businesses were being rolled over onto an automatic contract and they then found that their deal was more expensive and would run for at least 12 months. For many firms, this could be a costly mistake to make. If you are interested in a move to a new business gas supplier and to enjoy cheaper business gas bills, then you need to speak with the experts who understand how the market works and can search all potential providers to get a better deal for you – so contact the D-Energi team today.
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1 Mar

Will Half Hourly Electricity Prices Suit Your Firm?

by Simon Thompson
 
For the most part, access to cheap half hourly electricity prices will be restricted to big users of energy, but other firms can have the meters installed too. They will need to know what their maximum demand is to see whether they need a half hourly meter – if their supplier has not already done so. All firms with at least 100kWh of demand will have them and firms with a maximum demand of 70kWh in a 30-minute period have the option to get one installed. The first step is to check whether you have a half hourly meter installed already and this will be indicated on the meter. There will be a plate with the letter ā€˜Sā€™ followed by ’00’ and then other numbers, but the 00 indicates you have a half hourly electricity meter installed. Half hourly electricity suppliers The meters are provided by half hourly electricity suppliers so they can record your electricity usage more accurately. They do this by sending the usage data every 30 minutes to the provider, which means the business will receive accurate bills and they don’t have to worry about taking readings on a regular basis. The data will also provide a potential new supplier with details about your peak periods of demand and they can then tailor their tariffs to suit you. Switching to a new provider is a great way to reduce business costs and there are beneficial contracts available. Sourcing a new half hourly commercial supplier is more involved than for non-HH providers but having experts look at your usage to see whether there could be substantial savings to be made could be a sound business move. Search for a new half hourly electricity provider It will be a good idea to use the D-Energi team in the search for a new half hourly electricity provider to help you reduce overheads and boost profitability. While you could search the market place to find a new provider, you can also use a comparison website for this purpose but they may not be searching all of the providers interested in your business. It’s a simple process for D-Energi to take a few details and then with their knowledge and expertise search all of the providers to see if there are better rates and tariffs available for meeting your everyday business needs. If you would like more help and information about lowering your half hourly electricity prices to boost profits, then you need to speak with the friendly D-Energi team today.
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27 Feb

Reading A Business Electricity Meter to Save Money

by Simon Thompson
 
There are several reasons why reading a business electricity meter on a regular basis will save your business money and the main one is that you will receive accurate bills. While larger firms will have a special half hourly meter installed that monitors and sends their usage data to the supplier every 30 minutes, every other firm and organisation will have a different type of electricity meter installed. Your energy provider will have someone collect the readings from the meter and they are known as the meter reader or data collector. There may be times when they cannot gain access to your business premises or they may not take a reading for one quarter. These are the issues that may occur particularly if your business is located in a remote area, so you’ll need to submit your own electricity meter readings. Check your business electricity supplier Also, it’s a good idea to keep a record of your meter readings, even if there is a meter reader visiting regularly, so you can check that your business electricity supplier is charging you correctly. To keep an accurate record and to submit your own meter readings to a provider, it’s crucial that you understand how to read the meter correctly. Should you have a digital electricity meter installed, then you need to read the numbers on the meter from left to right. You need to ignore the last red number. For those firms that have more than one tariff, such as a day rate and a night rate, then you need to keep a record of these readings. For those firms with the traditional dial electricity meters, then you read from left to right again and also ignore the red number. Access cheaper business electricity rates In addition to keeping track of accurate electricity bills, you could use this information to access cheaper business electricity rates from another provider. That’s because they will have access to your usage details so they can put together a bespoke offering. Alternatively, you could get a team of experts to search the market on your behalf to find a cheaper electricity rate that will meet your needs and reduce overheads. This will mean contacting the friendly team at D-Energi who can use your business electricity meter data to help you save money with a different provider and deal with the switchover process too.
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25 Feb

Business Energy Tips: Switch Your Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
There’s no doubt that switching to a new business energy deal can be an effective way of saving money and the process is easy. For all the questions that you and your business may have about switching your energy supply, then this article will help. There are some big differences when it comes to switching energy suppliers between businesses and for our homes; the main one being that businesses are tied into a fixed term contract and you have to wait until this comes to an end. Before it does, your current supplier will get in touch to tell you of your next year’s deal, which is the time to search the market place and find a cheaper provider. However, you will need to tell your current supplier that you are intending to switch to a new business energy provider and issue them with a notification of termination. This can be done up to three months before your contract ends. Switch business energy supplier When you switch business energy supplier, the process should not take longer than 28 days, if you’ve given a termination notice. You also need to appreciate that there’s no cooling off period with a new business energy contract, so be careful when calling potential suppliers. Also, while dual fuel contracts are popular for domestic energy users, you won’t be able to access these contracts as a business since you need separate providers for your business electricity and your business gas supply. However, you can have the same firm delivering both. Compare business energy prices The best way of finding a new energy provider is to compare business energy prices that are on offer. While you could contact suppliers directly, it may be a better business decision to use an energy broker who can benchmark your firm’s needs to find better prices. This method is also a quick and cost-effective way to search the market place to find a new provider. They can also deal with the switchover process without any hassle, so you can focus on your everyday business needs. Essentially, if you’re looking for business energy tips to switch your current supplier then you need to speak with the experts at D-Energi who will help you find a cheaper and better deal and take care of the switchover process too.
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