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17 May

Tips for an Energy Consultancy

by Simon Thompson
 
One of the issues that we regularly highlight with D-Energi articles is the effectiveness of an energy consultancy in helping to reduce overheads for firms. Here we will look at some of the tips and reasons why all businesses, regardless of their size or the industry they work in, should contemplate considering using a consultant for reducing their bills. It’s important to appreciate that a consultant will not only be giving your firm energy advice but they will also be able to look at your energy bills to see whether you are on the correct deal and whether your supplier has been charging you correctly. This alone could be a worthwhile undertaking for the consultant who will also be able to offer advice to help your business make the right decisions when it comes to sourcing energy supply. Experience with energy services A consultant who has lots of experience with energy services will be able to look at your energy usage levels to see whether it’s worthwhile switching from a peak period of demand to an off-peak period to save money. On top of this, the consultancy will also look at the various ways of powering your business and provide an analysis of what can be done to reduce costs. For example, this may include switching to a supplier offering green energy or installing solar power to help underpin your firm’s own business ethos. Reducing carbon emissions is a major part of business life today and a consultant will be able to provide evidence of the steps you have taken which will offer customers a good impression of your business. Advice and guidance from an energy service company But it’s also important to appreciate that the advice and guidance from an energy service company is not just about making recommendations just the once. There will be a need for regular updates for some firms to ensure that any recommended steps have been achieved and to help with future energy reduction processes. This will also mean that your firm will enjoy advice about the latest energy prices and where you can get the best possible deals – and they will help ensure that the supplier delivers on their offers and prices. The ultimate aim is to reduce consumption and overheads to boost profitability and it’s here that the D-Energi team can help with an energy consultancy offering.
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15 May

Switch to a Cheap Business Gas Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to reduce energy bills is to switch to a cheap business gas supplier. Obviously, you can save by switching your electricity provider as well and for any firm that begins this process, then you may be surprised at how many energy suppliers are available for meeting your needs. It’s also important that you don’t restrict your search for a new provider to one of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers since there are smaller firms available with more to offer. However, it’s not just about accessing cheap unit prices and some suppliers will have better levels of customer service and some could even offer an energy consultancy to help you reduce the amount of energy your firm uses, so your bills fall by much more. Enjoy cheap business gas and electric bills This energy consultancy will help you enjoy cheap business gas and electric bills over the long term, and you’ll also be boosting your firm’s environmental credentials. However, you’ll need ‘buy-in’ from all members of staff and they need to appreciate that by using less energy on a daily basis, they will be boosting profitability, which is good for everybody in the business. Other energy suppliers will offer other perks, so it is always worth looking closely at what the potential new energy providers will offer you and your business so you get the best deal possible. While you could contact these providers directly, you may find this a time-consuming exercise and you can also use a comparison website aimed at businesses but they may not be searching all of the suppliers. D-Energi will help you compare business energy per kWh In addition, you could contact the team of experts at D-Energi who will help you compare business energy per kWh (kilowatt hour) prices to ensure that not only will you be paying less per unit of energy used but explain why you need to access a cheap standing charge too. The standing charge is an amount levied to help pay the National Grid for delivering energy to your premises but this is not a set fee and can vary between providers. This is where some suppliers may offer a very low unit rate for your energy supply but a much dearer standing charge so there are no savings to be made when you switch. And when you speak with them directly, you’ll need to have in mind whether you have expansion plans because their bespoke deal will be based on your predicted energy usage. Switching to a cheap business gas supplier, and also an electric electricity provider does not have to be complicated or time-consuming when you to speak with the D-Energi team to find the best bespoke energy deals available for your business.
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13 May

Understanding Your Commercial Energy Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
When it comes to understanding your commercial energy prices, then a firm’s electricity and gas bills are not always the easiest to understand. Not only does a business owner need to appreciate the layout and terminology, but there are also various figures and abbreviations to appreciate. This means that, understandably, most business owners don’t try to work out their bills to see whether they can access cheaper commercial energy prices with a new supplier. One issue is that businesses need to appreciate the total amount being paid over a year and they may have questions about why their commercial energy prices don’t appear to be falling. Searching for a commercial energy quote Part of the problem when searching for a commercial energy quote from a new provider is that they may offer a cheaper unit price – that’s the amount charged for the gas and electricity used by your firm. However, they may charge much more than you currently pay for the standing charge, which is the amount paid to the National Grid for the supply of gas to your premises. Since this isn’t a set fee, it does vary hugely between providers and it may help explain why your commercial energy bill never appears to reduce. And there’s more to your bill than accessing cheaper unit rates so you will need to pay particular attention to the standing charge and other fees that may be incurred. Reduce commercial energy overheads In addition, all businesses can take steps to reduce their commercial energy overheads by reducing the amount of energy that they use on a daily basis. There are simple steps that firms can take such as introducing newer and more efficient energy equipment, particularly for computers and printers, and also switching lightbulbs to energy efficient alternatives. Indeed, upgrading your firm’s lighting could save a substantial amount every year, along with turning off lights when they are not being used and removing unnecessary lamps in areas that are brightly lit. It may also make sense to introduce dimmer controls so employees can adjust brightness levels to suit their tastes. It’s also possible to find a new supplier offering an energy consultancy to help a firm reduce its energy consumption levels so that they enjoy lower bills – and boost their ‘green’ credentials. When it comes to understanding commercial energy prices and to avoid expensive standing charges, then you need to speak with a friendly team at D-Energi.
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10 May

Help to Compare Business Energy Quotes

by Simon Thompson
 
If you are a busy business owner confused by the process to find a new energy supplier and need help to compare business energy quotes, then you need the D-Energi team. That’s because they have years of experience in finding the best and cheapest deals for firms around the country and they can take care of the switchover process too. It’s important to appreciate that D-Energi is able to search the entire energy supply market for businesses, whereas an online comparison site may only have a select number of suppliers for you to choose from. This means there could be better and cheaper deals available elsewhere. Also, while the comparison site appears to be a quick process, you will still need to negotiate with the supplier directly as you will need to agree to a bespoke deal for meeting your needs. Compare business electricity and gas offers So, when is the best time to compare business electricity and gas offers? The answer is when your current provider gets in touch with details of what your next year’s contract rates will be and this is the nudge that most firms will need to see whether there are cheaper and better deals available. The answer is that there probably are better deals around. However, not every firm will undertake this exercise and one government survey has highlighted that around 40% of businesses have never bothered switching their energy providers. As a result, they are probably paying far more than is necessary for their energy needs because their supplier will have moved them across to a ‘deemed’ rate automatically and these tend to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be this way when, in a few minutes, the D-Energi team can find cheaper business electricity and gas deals. Find and compare business gas deals As mentioned, the process to find and compare business gas deals is similar to that when you search for electricity providers. While most firms will be spending less on their gas bills than for electricity, it’s still a worthwhile exercise in sourcing a new supplier. Along with appreciating the unit costs and standing charges, a busy business owner may also need to appreciate whether they need a fixed or variable rate and whether they would prefer to sign up for more than one year because this is the opportunity to access even cheaper prices to help with cashflow planning. There’s a lot to consider when you need to compare business energy quotes between providers and the friendly team at D-Energi will be able to help and offer advice that will benefit your firm and its profitability.
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