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11 Jan

Save When You Switch Business Energy Providers

by Simon Thompson
 
The UK has many micro-businesses who could save money on their overheads by simply switching their business energy providers. Also, it is easier for these small firms to switch than it is for larger firms and organisations. The best time to source a new energy contract is while there are more than 30 days still remaining on your current energy contract. This is when the current supplier will get in touch, usually around 60 days before the contract is due for renewal, to inform you what your next year’s rates will be. New business energy supplier The idea of having this information will then put the micro-business owner in a better position to negotiate a better deal with their current business energy supplier or search the market for a better deal and sign up to a new deal. This may appear to be time-consuming but it will be time well spent because the potential savings can be substantial by simply swapping your firm’s energy providers. For those micro-businesses who have signed up to a fixed term contract, then the end date of this contract, and any notice period will be detailed on the bill. The business owner can inform their current supplier before the notice period begins that they are switching to a new provider. Great business energy prices available There are some great business energy prices available for micro-businesses which are usually those firms that have fewer than 10 employees and a turnover of less than £2 million. Also, a micro-businesses is defined as using less than 100,000 kWh of electricity annually and also less than 293,000 kWh of gas. Under Ofgem rules, a micro-business is no longer restricted when it comes to arranging a new energy deal with the rigid timeframes that are imposed on larger firms. This means that while bigger firms have a specific timeframe to act in, this window does not affect micro-businesses in the same way. This also means that when a business or organisation miss this window of opportunity they are usually rolled onto a ‘deemed’ contract which tends to be more expensive and will run for at least another year. If you would like more information about how you can switch business energy providers and reduce overheads for a micro-business, then it’s time to speak with the friendly experts at D-Energi.
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9 Jan

Cheaper Commercial Electricity Rates Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
If you believe that your firm or organisation is paying more than it should be for electricity, then it’s time to consider switching to cheaper commercial electricity rates. While this sounds straightforward, how can you be sure that you will get the best commercial rate available? The simple answer is, you will not know. You could speak with electricity suppliers directly or use an online comparison site but these sites may not be searching the entire marketplace. Instead, it’s probably a better idea to speak with experts who understand how the market works and can search the whole energy market to find you the deal that best meets your needs. Finding a cheap commercial electricity quote This will mean contacting the experts at D-Energi to discuss finding a cheap commercial electricity quote that will reduce your overheads. However, even before this search begins you will need to appreciate that the rate that your business should pay for electricity will be affected by a number of factors. Among the criteria will be the size of your firm, also the location and size of the premises as well as the number of employees and whether you have any energy efficiency measures in place. It’s also a good idea to appreciate how much electricity that business of your size will be using and how much the electricity rates for your business consumption will be. The cheapest business electric prices Essentially, the cheapest business electric prices will depend on the criteria stated above, so a micro-business will be paying slightly more per unit than a small business will. And the small business will be paying slightly more than a medium business will be doing and these are larger firms that will be using, on average, between 30,000 and 50,000 kWh every year. You also need to consider the daily standing charge that is levied for delivering electricity to your premises and this price is also affected by the size and location of the business as well. While this may appear to be confusing and time-consuming it really isn’t because having experts source and then arrange the switch to a new provider is straightforward and there is no loss of electricity supply when you decide to move. If you would like to know more about how to source cheaper commercial electricity rates to reduce overheads, then it is time to speak with the friendly team at D-Energi who can find a cheaper deal and take care of the switchover process too.
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7 Jan

Switch On To The Cheapest Gas Tariff

by Simon Thompson
 
As a busy business owner, you will probably be juggling several roles to manage and also grow your business without having the time to switch onto the cheapest gas tariff to reduce overheads. However, switching will undoubtedly save you money on your gas bill even though this opportunity is probably not at the top of your to-do list. This means you will need to find someone to carry out this exercise on your behalf and the D-Energi team has the experience and expertise to do this effectively. Alternatively, you could contact potential gas suppliers directly or use an online comparison site for this purpose. Compare business gas prices between providers There are obvious downsides to the last two routes particularly when you want to compare business gas prices between providers because the site may not be searching all of the suppliers available to find the best deal for your needs. This will mean that there could be better and cheaper offers available that will never come to your attention. Despite this, sourcing a quote from D-Energi is not only easy but quick since the expert team will scour the marketplace to find the cheapest gas tariff available. This process only takes a few minutes and if you like the offer the team finds for you then they can also undertake the switchover process so there’s no need to worry about any of the paperwork that is involved. Seeking a new commercial gas quote It’s this ability to take the hassle out of seeking a new commercial gas quote for your firm’s needs that will make your life easier and reduce overheads. This exercise should be undertaken every year when your current supplier gets in touch with your contract details for the coming year – because if you don’t respond to the supplier’s offer, then they could move you onto a ‘deemed’ rate for your energy needs which tend to be dearer. However, if you don’t switch then you will not be alone since a government survey highlights that around 40% of firms in the UK have never switched their energy providers and are probably overpaying for their energy needs. Do not let this be you because the D-Energi team can help you switch onto the cheapest gas tariff available and deal with the switching process so you can focus on running your business.
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4 Jan

Reduce Costs with An Energy Consultancy

by Simon Thompson
 
Along with switching energy providers, a business or organisation can also reduce their costs with an energy consultancy which sees an expert helping them deliver long-term savings. Depending on the energy provider or broker you use, this consultancy will not only look at the gas and electricity being consumed by your business but also look at how you can reduce water usage as well. But it’s not just about saving money on overheads, though this is a great reason for using a consultancy, since having an expert look at your energy and water usage levels will also boost your environmental credentials. A consultant will help you understand more about the carbon footprint of the firm and reduce it by offsetting energy consumption levels. Check the bills for your energy services The consultancy will also check the bills for your energy services and ensure that the invoices are correct. They will validate these bills and then hold the supplier accountable for any mistakes or overcharging. This offering also extends to reviewing your firm’s water consumption and to help eliminate waste and reduce consumption levels that will lower costs as part of their water audit. It’s also important that your firm’s business water and energy efficiencies are benchmarked against similar businesses. By doing so, the consultant will be able to tell you what kind of consumption reduction can be realistically achieved to deliver long-term savings. Signing up with a new energy service company As mentioned earlier, one of the big attractions for a consultancy service is that they are often offered as a benefit when signing up with a new energy service company as part of a package. Not only will you and your business enjoy lower bills by switching but the energy consultant will boost the savings even further when checking how and when you use your energy and then making recommendations for using less. It’s essentially a win-win offer for a business to reduce their overheads. It’s also important to appreciate that the consultancy will actively involve employees to reduce their energy and water needs, so everyone buys into the idea of helping the environment. It may help to take note that the Carbon Trust has estimated that having staff involved could reduce a firm’s energy and water consumption levels every year by 20%. If you would like more information about how to reduce costs with an energy consultancy, then the team of experts at D-Energi will be able to help.
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