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28 Nov

Tips to Help Understand Business Energy Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
While most business owners will have a busy day running their organisation, appreciating a few tips on how to enjoy lower business energy prices could pay dividends. This means looking at your firm’s energy bill to understand the unit rate, the standing charge, and the contract end date. The unit rate is the amount your firm is paying for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of gas or electricity you are using. However, achieving a lower rate from a new provider does not necessarily mean that you will be paying the lowest possible price for your energy. Essentially, you will need to consider how much energy you use and then find a suitable tariff that matches your needs; a low unit rate may be preferable for heavy users but smaller firms may prefer a higher unit rate but with a low or no standing charge. Standing charge from your business energy supplier This issue of the standing charge from your business energy supplier needs to be considered carefully and it’s the amount you pay every day for energy to be supplied to your premises. This price is fixed and does not depend on how much energy you are using. When searching for new energy providers, you will realise that business electricity suppliers will have a standing charge, but not every business gas supplier will do. However, even if there is no standing charge the cost of delivering energy to your premises may be included in the unit rate. In addition to the unit rate and standing charge, you will need to know when your contract end date is so you can switch to a new, cheaper energy supplier. Other costs for business energy bills There are also other costs involved for firms and their business energy bills, which they will need to understand before shopping around. One of them is the Climate Change Levy, which is a cost for every unit a business uses of non-renewable energy. Not every firm will need to pay the levy if they are not big users of energy. Also, most firms will be paying VAT at 20% on their business energy bill, though for smaller users this could be as low as 5%. If you are looking for more tips and help to understand business energy prices and how you can reduce overheads by switching energy suppliers, then it’s time to speak with the team at D-Energi.
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26 Nov

How to Get the Best Commercial Electricity Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
The first step, if you are looking to get the best commercial electricity rates for your business or organisation is to source as many quotes from energy suppliers as possible. For comparison purposes, you will need to source quotes that are based on your current needs to find the best deal. This issue also extends to micro and small businesses since some suppliers will have specific tariffs to meet their needs. A micro business is defined as an operation with 10 or fewer employees and turning over less than £2 million per year. Also, a micro business must be offered extra support when switching suppliers and have more details about how their current tariff compares with the old one. Commercial electricity quote Your firm’s business electricity quote also needs to consider whether you are looking for a fixed tariff – that’s where your electricity costs will remain the same throughout the contract. And while fixed tariffs tend to be cheaper you will be tied into a contract until it ends and cannot switch providers before then. The alternative is to consider a flexible energy contract, so you may have to pay for energy upfront but there will be lower rates offered for this purpose – though should the price of energy fall during the contract, then this will not deliver any savings. Alternatively, it is possible for firms to install a smart meter, so they pay for the electricity they use or you could source renewable energy from providers and boost your environmental credentials. Considering electric prices between providers The next important issue when considering electric prices between providers is how the supplier puts their quote together. In order to access the cheapest tariff, you need to appreciate the unit price, that is the cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity used, plus the standing charge, this is a fee paid daily for the supply of electricity. So, while a potential new supplier may have a low unit price, they may have a higher standing charge, so your electric bill may actually increase when switching providers under these terms. If you would like more help and information on how to get the best commercial electricity rates, then you need to contact the experts at D-Energi.
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23 Nov

A Cheap Commercial Gas Quote is Only the Start

by Simon Thompson
 
If you are looking to reduce your energy bills, then sourcing a cheap commercial gas quote is only the start of the process. The best time to begin looking is when your current provider tells you what your next year’s deal will be as this will open a window of opportunity. Should you not decide to switch and remain with the provider, you may find they will, or already have, moved you onto a deemed contract which tends to have higher rates. Instead, you could spend just a few minutes sourcing a cheaper commercial gas quote to meet your business needs. Along with saving money, the prospect of switching business gas supplies should lead to a better level of customer service, particularly if you have several sites and need just one bill to deal with. It’s also possible to switch to a company that has a green energy ethos that they better reflect your firm’s values. Compare business gas prices between providers You will need to compare business gas prices between providers and ensure that their bespoke deal will reduce costs. We highlight this issue because some suppliers may offer a much lower unit rate per kilowatt hour than your current provider, but the standing charge could be substantially more so you do not make any savings. Indeed, you could even spend more as a result when switching. Also, when looking from quotes from providers, it may be tempting to use an online comparison site since this is a quick and easy way of achieving this. However, while the site may deliver a market rate for your business needs and location, the site may not be searching all of the potential gas suppliers and there could be better, cheaper deals available. Finding the cheapest gas tariff It’s this question of spending fine time finding the cheapest gas tariff suitable for your business that may put off many business owners. There is a quick and easy way of searching the entire marketplace to find the bespoke deal that will deliver a cheaper gas bill and that is to speak with the experts at D-Energi. Along with the opportunity of reducing your energy overheads, the team may also be able to organise a consultancy to enable you to reduce your gas usage and enjoyed real long-term savings as a result and also boost your environmental credentials. If you would like more information about sourcing a cheap commercial gas quote that will meet your needs, then it’s time to contact the friendly team at D-Energi.
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21 Nov

Save Even More with An Energy Consultancy

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s one thing accessing cheaper business energy deals, but you could save even more with an energy consultancy and here we explain how. There’s no doubt that by switching energy suppliers on a regular basis will mean that you will probably never be charged more than is necessary for your energy needs. However, some suppliers will offer the opportunity of an energy consultancy to help you and your business not only save even more on the deal being offered, but also help our environment by using less energy. This process will see an energy consultant analysing how and where you are using your energy and where savings can be made. Energy services being offered Of the energy services being offered, a consultancy may lead to the introduction of newer, energy-saving equipment and tips on how to reduce energy usage, such as turning off lights and switching to automatic lights that work when someone enters a room. However, there is more to the consultancy process since they will probably also look at your recent energy bills to ensure that you have not been placed on the wrong tariff and paid more as a result. This could lead to a refund from your previous energy supplier. There’s a lot to recommend reducing energy usage, particularly since energy prices appear to be continually increasing, so it’s an effective way to mitigate against these rises. The energy consultancy is not simply a question of having more insulation fitted but also looking at other sources such as accessing a green energy supplier – that’s a firm using wind and solar power for their energy generation. Energy service company The energy service company will have this knowledge of sourcing green energy suppliers and to reduce energy bills – and this service is often offered for free. They may also have knowledge of the various grants and financial help available from the government and other sources to help you implement energy-saving measures and to reduce your energy use. Energy consultants are particularly effective in the commercial energy supply market and have the knowledge to understand the various tariffs available to ensure that the bespoke deal being offered by a provider is one suitable for meeting your energy needs at the best price. If you would like to save money with an energy consultancy for your business, then it is time to contact the experts at D-Energi who will explain more.
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