contact-banner

D-ENERGi Blog

Main Form

12 Apr

Tips for Reading Your Business Electricity Meter

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s essential to receive accurate bills that your energy supplier receives accurate data and here we offer tips for reading your business electricity meter. However, larger firms may have a half hourly meter installed so the data is sent directly to the provider every 30 minutes, so there won’t be someone to read the meter on the supplier’s behalf. There will still be a need to monitor electricity usage as part of good business practice to ensure your bills are accurate. For smaller firms, taking meter readings will ensure that you are aware of your energy use and if you’re in a remote area, you may have to submit your own firm’s meter readings anyway. Potential new business electricity supplier Another reason for compiling meter readings is that the information is useful for a potential new business electricity supplier, so they understand how much electricity you are using and when you are using it. For those firms with a digital electricity meter, then you should read the numbers from left to right and ignore the last red digit. For firms with more than one meter, for example, they may have day and night rates and have separate meters for this, then you’ll need to keep these meter readings separate. For businesses that have a meter with electricity dials, then again you read from left to right and ignore the last red dial. Business electricity rates Since business electricity rates are a large part of overheads and nearly every firm or organisation will use electricity for their day-to-day needs, it’s important that you don’t pay more than is necessary. This means that when your current provider tells you what your next year’s contract rates will be, then you really should research the market to see if there are cheaper providers available. By doing so, you will ensure that you do not pay more than you need to for electricity and it’s also possible to find a supplier offering an energy consultancy to help you reduce the levels of electricity you use and enjoy greater savings as a result. This consultancy will be a great boost for a firm’s ‘green’ credentials. For more information about reading your business electricity meter and the potential of an energy consultancy, then it is time to speak with the experts at D-Energi who can help find a cheaper supplier to help you reduce costs.
Read Article
20 Mar

Tips When Switching Business Electricity Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
There are a number of issues that firms and organisations wanting to switch business electricity suppliers need to appreciate and this article will explain them. Essentially, when your supplier tells you of the tariff for your next year’s electricity or gas use, then it’s time to look at switching providers to find a cheaper, better deal. While the process for switching energy providers is straightforward when we do it for our homes, the business energy market is a lot more complicated. Also, the business tariff that your firm signs up for will be fixed for a period of time, usually 12 months, though there are contracts for longer which may offer cheaper rates. Search for business gas suppliers The search for business gas suppliers is similar to that when searching for a new electricity provider for your business and the rules for micro-businesses are different for larger firms as the process of switching is easier. For those firms who don’t bother switching, then your energy supplier may roll you over to a more expensive contract depending on the size of your business and you may be tied into these rates until the contract expires. That’s not the case for a micro-business who are free to switch after they’ve been rolled over to find a cheaper rate. However, there are issues that all firms and organisations need to watch for when switching business gas or electricity suppliers. Along with the contract length, you need to be wary about a supplier offering a low unit rate, usually expressed as price per kilowatt hour (kWh) because they may have a higher standing charge. The price per unit is the amount of energy your firm actually uses and will be billed for whereas the standing charge is a fixed amount that helps to pay for the National Grid and this isn’t a set fee between suppliers. You should also read any energy contract offered by a potential new supplier and look closely at the small print and whether there may be any hidden fees involved. New business energy suppliers Finding new business energy suppliers can become complicated because the market is so competitive and prices fluctuate on a daily basis, so if you contact suppliers directly and then spend a few days thinking over an offer, you may find that the prices have changed in that time. There are comparison sites for business energy suppliers and you need to be wary about how many suppliers the site is searching and you’ll still need to contact the recommended supplier directly with your firm’s details. If you would like more help and information about switching business electricity suppliers, and also gas providers, then you need to speak with the experts at the D-Energi.
Read Article
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.
Read Article
20 Feb

Tips to Compare Business Gas Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
In a bid to reduce your firm’s overheads, you may be searching for tips to compare business gas prices so you can switch effectively. Perhaps the most effective way to search the market place is to work with experts who can undertake gas procurement on your behalf with energy providers. This means you will be utilising the firm’s expertise to take advantage of market conditions to reduce your business gas prices. That’s because energy prices change constantly and there may be sudden price hikes that may coincide with your contract renewal, forcing up overheads, even though you may have an energy-efficient business so you need to speak with the D-Energi team to find the cheap gas deals. Source a cheaper commercial gas quote It’s this ability to source a cheaper commercial gas quote when you need to renew your gas supply contract that makes this gas procurement process really important because your firm could be tied into a contract for 12 months which means you are paying over the odds while doing so. You may also undertake an energy consultancy to help you reduce the amount of electricity and gas you consume as a business, but you’ll still see your overheads increasing because of price rises despite these efforts. It is possible to sign up with a gas procurement firm who can then manage your gas deal over the course of a contract you hold with them. They will monitor gas supply markets for price changes, news and analysis and then will act promptly to save their customers money. Source the cheapest gas tariff Alternatively, you could source the cheapest gas tariff by contacting gas providers directly, but this can take a lot of time and there is terminology you will need to understand. You also need to appreciate whether you need a fixed or flexible tariff deal. There’s also the opportunity of using a gas supply comparison site to find a potentially cheaper provider, but the website may not search all of the private providers available so many will not come to your attention. While this may sound like an involved process to find cheaper gas prices, it really isn’t. And for those firms that have never bothered searching the marketplace for a cheaper contract then they may find they have been rolled over onto an automatic contract with deemed rates and they could make, potentially, huge savings by simply switching to a new provider. If yours is a small firm and you’ve been rolled over onto one of these deemed contracts, then you are free to move before the contract period ends to a cheaper deal. For more help and advice when it comes to tips to compare business gas prices and to find a cheaper gas provider, you need to speak with the experts at D-Energi today.
Read Article