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30 Jul

Tips to Carry Out a Business Energy Comparison Effectively

by Simon Thompson
 
If you are looking for tips to carry out a business energy comparison exercise effectively, then this article will help. The best and easiest way to compare the offers between business energy providers is to speak with the experts at D-Energi who have access to the entire market and can find a deal that will best meet your needs. Alternatively, you could speak with a potential energy provider individually, give them your details and see what they have to offer. This process can be confusing and time-consuming because each supplier will need to offer a bespoke deal so undertaking a like-for-like analysis may become difficult. Undertaking a business electricity comparison between providers This also extends to undertaking a business electricity comparison between providers to find a cheaper deal because of the way providers put their bills together. You’ll need to appreciate the unit charge for each deal and also the standing charge; the unit charge is for the actual energy used by your business, while the standing charge is to help pay for the supply via the National Grid to your premises. There’s no doubt though that undertaking a business electricity comparison exercise will be time well spent and the optimum time to do this is when your current provider gets in touch with details of your next year’s contract rates. Failing to search for a better deal may see your business being moved onto a ‘deemed’ rate, which tends to be pricier than those being offered to new customers. This is always best avoided. Undertake a business gas comparison exercise This issue of being rolled over automatically onto a more expensive tariff also extends to gas suppliers, so you should undertake a business gas comparison exercise as well. Perhaps the easiest way to do this quickly is to use an online comparison site for gas and electricity to see what the potential offers are and whether you will save any money on your overheads. The only issue with these sites is that they may not search the entire marketplace, so you may miss out on cheaper and better deals from other providers not listed on the comparison site. Also, because a new supplier must offer a bespoke deal, you will still need to contact them and give them your details so they can tailor their offering to your needs. It’s much easier to carry out a business energy comparison by simply asking the experienced team at D-Energi what is available for your firm and they can do this in a few minutes by searching the whole marketplace and take care of the switchover process as well.
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27 Jul

Time to Get A New Business Energy Quote?

by Simon Thompson
 
If your current business energy provider has been in touch with details of your next year’s contract, then this is the time to get a new business energy quote. That’s because failing to search the marketplace for a cheaper deal may see you being moved automatically to a tariff that could be much more expensive. This could be the price of inaction when spending just a few minutes searching for a new provider could save you a substantial amount of money on your overheads for the coming year. There are lots of energy providers available and you could contact them directly or use one of the energy comparison websites to find a deal to meet your needs. Looking for a business electricity quote So, for example, you may be looking for a business electricity quote from a new provider and while contacting suppliers directly can be time-consuming and distracting, the comparison site will be a quicker alternative. The issue here is that the comparison site may not search the entire marketplace which may mean you miss out on better and cheaper deals from other providers. Also, you will need to contact the provider recommended by the comparison site because all suppliers need to offer a bespoke deal to meet your needs. This means you’ll spend more time dealing with a new provider. One reason for searching the marketplace is that you could find a cheap deal from another provider and use this as a negotiating tactic to get a cheaper price from your current supplier. Looking for a new business gas quote It may also be that you are looking for a new business gas quote from a provider and you could follow the same steps as that for electricity detailed above. While it’s not possible to get a dual fuel deal for the business like we can for our homes, you could contact the same supplier to deliver both fuels for your needs. Switching to a new business gas or electricity provider is also seamless and there’s no loss of supply to your firm’s premises when you undertake the process. This should bring peace of mind to those who may be reluctant to switch. For more help and information about looking for a new business energy quote and the potential to save a substantial amount, then you need to speak with the expert team at D-Energi.
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25 Jul

Is Your Business Gas Supplier The Cheapest?

by Simon Thompson
 
While it may appear to be a leading question, the answer to whether ‘Is your business gas supplier the cheapest?’ will be important. That’s because your firm could save a substantial amount by shopping around to find a better rate on the gas you use for your everyday business needs. There is a range of tariffs available and newer, smaller entrants to the business gas supply market have a range of tempting offers. You simply need to make the effort to find them. However, a lot will depend on your firm’s circumstances, for example, how much gas you use and where your firm is located. Sourcing cheaper business gas rates As result, sourcing cheaper business gas rates will be made easier by contacting suppliers directly or using one of the business gas comparison websites. By speaking with gas suppliers directly, you may find this time-consuming and a distraction if you are simply too busy to carry out any in-depth research. You could use a comparison site to save time but these may not search the whole marketplace for business gas supply and you will still need to speak with a supplier directly. That’s because their offer must be bespoke and it must meet your needs. The other issue to bear in mind is that because the business gas supplier must offer a tailored deal makes comparing a like-for-like business gas offering difficult. Researching the marketplace for a cheaper business gas supply However, it is worth spending the time researching the marketplace for a cheaper business gas supply and even a micro business could save a substantial amount every year. Obviously, larger concerns will save much more particularly if they are big gas users, for example, manufacturers and restaurants. Businesses will also need to decide whether they are looking for a fixed tariff, this means the gas price will remain the same throughout the contract, or opt for a flexible term so you pay for the gas at times to suit you – usually when prices are low. It may also be possible to lock into low gas prices by signing up for a deal that lasts for more than one year – a great proposition if you believe that business gas prices will increase in the short term or you simply want to better plan for your cash flow. For more help and information about finding out whether it is your business gas supplier is the cheapest and to find a better deal, then you need to speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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23 Jul

Can You Save With Half Hourly Electricity Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
While it may not be at the top of every business owner’s to-do list, it is possible to save with half hourly electricity prices. For those firms with a high energy demand, they have probably been moved to half hourly meters which enables a supplier to take more accurate readings of their energy use. They do this because the meter will send usage data every 30 minutes so there’s no longer a need for estimated bills. All bills will be accurate. However, it is also possible to utilise the information of your energy use which is being sent to a supplier by using specialist software to see where savings can be made but this information is really of more use to a potential new electricity supplier. Half hourly electricity suppliers That’s because all half hourly electricity suppliers can look at the data provided by a firm’s meters to see where the peak periods of usage are and tailor their offering to meet this need. It’s important that all firms check every year that they are not paying more than they need to for their electricity needs and the best prompt for doing this is when your current provider gets in touch with your next year’s details. Another important reason why all firms should shop around for new half hourly electricity providers every year is to help stimulate competition in the marketplace for providers to attract you as a new business. This will benefit all firms from HH meters as a result. Switch to half hourly electricity meters There’s no doubt that the switch to half hourly electricity meters has had an impact on the market and help drive down costs. This means that firms and organisations can boost profitability and they could save even more by switching to cheaper tariffs. If you are unsure whether your firm has been moved across to a half hourly meter then you need to look at your recent energy bill and notice whether the ‘S number’, which is in a small box, reads 00 which will indicate you are on a half-hour meter. Your bill also has the vital information needed for switching to a new business electricity provider so everything is to hand when a potential new supplier needs answers to their questions; it helps too that the half hourly meter is also used to tell a supplier the exact address of your firm for supply. If you would like to know more about how to save with a half hourly electricity prices, then you need to speak with the expert team at D-Energi.
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