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26 Feb

Why A Cheap Business Gas Supplier is What Your Firm Needs

by Simon Thompson
 
Among the many reasons why a cheap business gas supplier is just what your firm needs is the opportunity to reduce overheads and boost profits. With a simple phone call, you could substantially reduce your business gas bill by switching supplier. Unfortunately, according to a government survey, around 40% of firms and organisations have never switched their utility provider before which means they are probably paying more than they should be for their gas and electricity. It doesn’t have to be this way. The market is regulated and competition is encouraged so firms and organisations should look on a regular basis at switching suppliers to reduce their bills. Cheap business gas and electric suppliers entering the market While many firms will stick with the ‘big six’ suppliers there are cheap business gas and electric suppliers entering the market on a regular basis offering not only cheaper prices but better customer service and other attractive offerings as well. For example, a new utility provider may offer the opportunity of an energy consultancy so not only will you enjoy lower prices but the opportunity of reducing energy usage means you could save even more. This consulting may lead to the introduction of new energy-efficient equipment, for instance, or source a new tariff that better meets your firm’s needs. Again, all it takes is a quick call to the D-Energi team who will be able to provide more information and deal with the switchover process. Finding a new business gas provider Finding a new business gas provider is straightforward and there’s no loss of supply when the switchover process takes place. Along with lower energy costs and improved profitability, you can also boost your environmental credentials by reducing the amount of energy you use though you also need to be aware that there is a range of tariffs and deals available, and they change on a regular basis. Again, it will help to speak with experts who not only understand how the market operates but can find the bespoke offering that best meets your needs. Essentially, by lowering your energy bills to boost profits will mean you aren’t spending more than you need to on utility bills. So, while you may be switching to a business gas or electricity provided you may never have heard of previously, you can be reassured that they will probably deliver better rates and an all-round improved offering then you currently enjoy.   To find out more about why a cheap business gas supplier is just what your firm needs, speak to the experts at D-Energi.
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23 Feb

Why Your Business Needs to Understand Commercial Energy Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
One of the most important reasons for why your business needs to understand commercial energy prices is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all tariff. That’s not the same when we are looking for new energy suppliers for our homes and the business energy supply market is a competitive one. The commercial energy prices being quoted for a business will be made up of several aspects and will depend on how much energy you use and also your business size and location. There are also differing commercial energy rates for fixed and variable tariffs so careful thought needs to be given about what your potential future energy needs will be. Finding a commercial energy quote quickly Finding a commercial energy quote quickly that best meets your firm’s needs can be a confusing process because the supplier will need to offer a bespoke quote from the information you supply. It will also become apparent that the unit price being paid for business electricity use may be a lot cheaper than we pay for our homes but then the business will be using more energy. There’s also the difference between a variable and fixed rate tariff where a fixed energy price plan will define what the unit price will be over a set period of time. This can be between one and three years but some suppliers may offer five-year fixed deals. This can be of huge help for those firms wanting to plan their cash flow and future overhead costs effectively. It does though put your firm at a disadvantage should energy prices fall and you’re tied to a long-term contract paying more than you need to. Looking at commercial energy suppliers The other big issue when looking at commercial energy suppliers is whether you have switched providers in recent years; by not switching you may have been put on ‘deemed’ rates. If you have, then these rates are generally more expensive than new customers will enjoy and some suppliers may offer out of contract rates which also tend to be dearer. There’s no doubt that you could save money on your business energy overheads by simply shopping around but this can be a time-consuming and confusing process.   The easiest way to find the best commercial energy prices for your business is to speak with the friendly team at D-Energi to see what offers and tariffs are available.
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21 Feb

Do You Need to Compare Business Energy Prices to Save?

by Simon Thompson
 
Regardless of your firm’s size, you could save substantial amounts of money when you compare business energy prices between suppliers. The energy supply market for businesses is a competitive one and there are lots of suppliers offering excellent deals. But how do you access these great deals? The first step may be to visit various energy supply websites to find out what they are offering for a firm of your size and its location. Compare business electricity and gas prices It’s also easy to compare business electricity and gas prices on one of the many comparison websites. These are easy-to-use and you simply enter your postcode, a few details about your business and its current tariff and what you want from a new supplier. The online site will deliver a list of potential tariffs that might meet your needs and you pick the one you think is best and the site itself may handle the switching process or you may have to speak with an energy supplier directly and give them the details for a bespoke quote. Sounds like a great process, doesn’t it? Business looking to compare business gas and electricity prices However, for any business looking to compare business gas and electricity prices the one drawback to using a comparison website is that it might not be searching the entire marketplace. This means that you may not be accessing the best deals or tariffs that will best meet your firm’s needs. Indeed, you might be better served by speaking with experts who understand how the market works and who have access to the latest deals and offers and within a few minutes can carry out that search and help your business save, potentially, a substantial amount of money on your overheads every year. We should also highlight that all firms and organisations should look at their energy bills on an annual basis to see whether there is room to save by switching to a new business gas and electricity supplier. Unfortunately, according to a government survey around 40% of firms have never bothered to switch supplier so they are probably paying much more than they need to because their supplier may have moved them onto a ‘deemed’ contract which will be on much higher rates than a new customer will enjoy. If your firm has never switched from one of the ‘big six’ suppliers then you may be in for a big surprise when you find out how much you can save when switching.   For more information about how you can compare business energy prices effectively, then speak with the team at D-Energi.
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19 Feb

P272 Legislation for Your Business Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
If you have been looking at switching energy suppliers for your business then there may possibly have been a discussion about P272 legislation and here we will explain more about what it is. Essentially, P272 is regulation for energy suppliers to use detailed energy information about their customers’ consumption. They need to know this on a half hourly basis and use meters that sends the data automatically every 30 mins – hence the name half hourly or HH meters for this purpose. This means the supplier will have accurate information so there are no more estimated bills and the data will help suppliers deliver a better energy offering. The new legislation took effect in 2017 and most large business energy customers should already be on these meters but if you are not, and you comply with the requirements by having a high demand, then this can be arranged. The implementation of P272 The implementation of P272 means that the energy suppliers can understand more effectively how you use energy and can tailor their services and products, particularly their tariffs, to suit you. It’s important to appreciate that the data from an HH meter should be used by suppliers to offer lower prices to encourage firms to use energy when it is less expensive. However, there is software available to enable you and your business to analyse the data as well to see whether there are better offers from other suppliers that might meet your needs more cheaply. A potential new supplier could also use this data and offer a bespoke deal that may save you a substantial amount of money every year. Major benefit from P272 rules Another major benefit from P272 rules means that these half hourly meters will remove those unexpected and often very large bills remove the need for estimated bills. There’s also the potential of firms using the data from their energy consumption and use this to highlight ways they can improve their operations to bring about energy efficiencies. By introducing these efficiencies, you will use less energy and lower your bills even further. It’s also possible to utilise the services of an energy consultancy to find out if your business could reduce its energy use by switching to new kit that uses less energy, using automatic lights so they are only used when someone is in the room and ensure that your staff get behind this move to lower the firm’s energy footprint.   If you would like to know more about P272 legislation and whether it has an impact on your business and whether an energy consultancy would benefit you, then it’s time to speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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