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2 Oct

Why Firms Need to Look Closely Commercial Energy Supply

by Simon Thompson
 
Find a commercial energy quote Understand commercial energy prices Switch commercial energy suppliers Reasons for switching to a new energy supplier The energy supplier switchover process   With all organisations needing to keep an eye on their overheads, it makes sense that sourcing a cheap commercial energy supply will make for a sound business proposition. Indeed, for any business wanting to save money on their energy costs, knowledge really is power and there is no doubt that by finding a great energy deal can help pay dividends, particularly for small businesses. However, finding the correct type of business energy tariff is an important part of the process which means firms will need to understand how the commercial energy market works to enjoy the best deals. Having said that, many firms, whether they are large or small, will be too busy with their day-to-day activities to spend time carrying out the research so it will probably pay to speak with those who understand the market and have access to the latest deals and offers which means speaking with the friendly D-Energi team. Find a commercial energy quote The first step for all firms is to find a commercial energy quote that meets their needs and beats their current offering. It will soon become apparent that there are lots of commercial energy suppliers around with a dizzying number of products and offers available; it is a difficult task to contact each of them to find out if they have something that will meet your needs. This is where using a commercial energy comparison website may pay off because with a few details the website can then analyse a wide range of deals. There are pros and cons for using these energy sites but the most attractive is that they will return an offer that will show whether your current deal is a good one or not. The main downside is that these commercial energy comparison websites may not be accessing the entire market so you may potentially be missing out on better deals and offers. It will also become apparent that after speaking with the energy provider that the price being quoted on the comparison website bears little or no resemblance to the price being quoted. That’s because the energy provider will need to offer a bespoke deal to meet your firm’s specific needs. Understand commercial energy prices It’s also important the firm that is looking for a cheaper energy supply will need to understand commercial energy prices and how they are made up. Essentially, the bill consists of two parts; the contract unit rate which is how much the firm is paying per unit of energy, measured in kWh, and it’s this that is the biggest difference between energy quotes. The unit rate will reflect your business’s circumstances and how much energy you are likely to use and even your geographic location. The second part is the standing charge which is a fixed daily cost that the energy supplier will use to cover its costs for maintaining and repairing facilities to supply energy to your premises. However, when comparing potential new energy suppliers, it is important that the standing charge is examined closely since a new supplier may offer a lower unit rate but have a higher standing charge instead – so there are no ‘real’ savings being made. Switch commercial energy suppliers Another important question that all firms will need to answer is when can they switch commercial energy suppliers? Unfortunately, firms will need to wait until their current contract is due to end before they can switch suppliers. It’s a difficult and potentially expensive process to break your energy contract mid-term. Also, if your firm has never switched suppliers previously then you may have been automatically rolled over onto a ‘deemed’ contract which means you’re probably paying much more for your energy needs than you need to. Reasons for switching to a new energy supplier However, it’s not all about lowering overheads for firms, some organisations may also need to switch suppliers if they are moving premises or expanding and need a new energy supply. Again, expert advice may be necessary and in these instances, the D-Energi team can help. It also needs to be appreciated that the government is keen for firms to switch energy suppliers on a regular basis since this will encourage competition in the marketplace and it is this competition that will help drive down prices while improving levels of customer service. Unfortunately, around four in every 10 firms have never bothered to switch their energy supply so they are probably not on the best deals. In addition, many firms will be tempted to remain with one of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in the UK simply because they have heard of the provider though the best deals tend to be from smaller business energy suppliers. The energy supplier switchover process Also, some business owners may believe that the energy supplier switchover process is complicated and time-consuming but this would be a mistake since the switchover itself is a seamless transition between suppliers. The experts at D-Energi can help with the paperwork and ensure that this process does proceed without a hitch.   As mentioned previously, the easiest way of understanding how the commercial energy market works, and accessing help to find a cheaper supplier before switching, is to speak with the D-Energi team as they have the experience in helping firms both large and small access cheaper commercial energy deals.
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29 Sep

Easy Way To Compare Business Energy Prices

by Simon Thompson
 
There’s an obvious answer as to why you should compare business electricity prices and that’s to save money; with lower overheads, your profits will be boosted. But how does a firm go about comparing electricity prices to find the best deals? There’s no doubt the market has a grown in the number of electricity suppliers for businesses but this may cause confusion and the prospect of having to contact lots of suppliers to find the best deal. Easy way to compare business energy prices However, one easy way to compare business energy prices and deals is to use one of the online comparison websites to see what the current market rates are. There’s no doubt that these sites will deliver an impressive range of offers and prices and you will see immediately how much you can save by switching. It’s important to remember that the comparison website may not be searching the entire business energy supplier market and so may not be delivering the best offers. It’s also important to appreciate that switching suppliers is easy and seamless. Compare business gas prices There’s also a good argument for businesses to compare business gas prices on a regular basis to find the best deals. Again, online comparison websites will offer gas and electricity supplier deals and while firms can’t access a dual fuel deal, much like we can for our homes, it is possible to have the same supplier deliver both utilities. You may be a busy business owner and may be attracted to the prospect of sourcing cheap deals quickly and easily but you will still need to contact the potential new supplier directly for a bespoke quote. It should be appreciated that isn’t the fault of the comparison site since suppliers must tailor their offering to a firm’s specific needs. Obviously, you can also spend time speaking with potential new energy suppliers directly but this can be time-consuming and you are likely to speak with the ‘big six’ suppliers first since you will have heard of them. Unfortunately, the big six are unlikely to offer the best prices on business energy since they occupy a dominant part of the market. There is also another way to find cheap business energy deals and that’s to speak with those who understand how the market works and will have access to every supplier’s deals and offers.   That’s to speak with the team at D-Energi who will be able to help you compare business energy prices quickly and easily to enjoy lower bills.
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27 Sep

P272 Does Have a Big Impact on Certain Businesses

by Simon Thompson
 
It doesn’t have the most inspiring title but P272 does have a big impact on certain businesses. That’s because they will have been moved to half-hour, or HH, metering so their bills will be more accurate and offer more information about how they use energy. For many firms, the switch has been a positive move and all of them, they tend to be larger energy users, should already have been moved to the new meters. Essentially, the industry will class its business customers within categories that are dependent on how much energy they use and these categories are known as ‘load profiles’. The load profile is a method to reflect the firm’s use of energy through the year. P272 and how it affects your business If you have never heard of P272 and how it affects your business then it may be that you are not considered to be a large energy user but if you are in a load profile class of 05 to 08 then you will, or should have, have been switched. These numbers can be found on your meter and are in the top left-hand corner of the number plate. The new HH meters will collect the information every 30 minutes and send it to the energy supplier so that the firm’s energy bills are accurate. For those firms affected by P272 then there are no more estimated bills. However, it’s important to appreciate that the P272 switch hasn’t been created for the sake of it since it will help firms become more energy-efficient. These efficiencies will help to lower their usage and their costs. It’s also important to appreciate that the information from the new meters can be used by a potential new supplier who will have an accurate reflection of your firm’s needs and can then tailor a quote to suit. Business owner with questions about P272 Indeed, it may be that you are a business owner with questions about P272 and are looking for answers and the easiest way for doing this is to contact someone who understands how the market works and what the benefits of installing half hourly meters are. The main issue to appreciate about P272 is the move by the government is to encourage greater competition in the supply of business energy and, as a consequence, help deliver lower prices for firms. This is also a process for firms look at how much energy they are using and to see where they can make efficiencies and boost their environmental credentials as a result.   For more help about P272 and how it impacts your business, then speak with a friendly team at D-Energi.
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25 Sep

One Phone Call Will Deliver Your Cheap Business Energy Needs

by Simon Thompson
 
It may sound as though it’s too good to be true but it is possible to deliver cheap business energy deals with just one phone call. It certainly is if you take time out to speak with the D-Energi team. Otherwise, you will need to search the Internet to find what deals and offers are available and then negotiate with a potential supplier to deliver real cost savings on your current overheads. Indeed, before you even begin the process of comparing business utility prices, it is always worth spending the time preparing beforehand to ensure you get the best possible deal. A cheap business electricity deal For instance, if you are looking for a cheap business electricity deal then you need to know how much energy you use over a year and how much it costs; this will offer a better way to compare a new supplier’s prices. Also, while undertaking the research it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s no good time to negotiate a new deal and, indeed, you will not be able to break a contract before it comes to an end. Another reason for not hanging on for a few months waiting for prices to fall is that energy prices can fluctuate on a daily basis so there’s no better time for switching for business. Cheap business gas deals The advice is also suitable for those wanting cheap business gas deals as well and if you have new smart meters fitted, also known as half hourly or HH meters, then you can use that information. Indeed, having the details from a smart meter will show a potential supplier not only how much energy you use you but when it is used so they may offer an incentive for switching to off-peak periods. Also, to give a fair indication of the current market rates for your business needs, it might be worth spending time using a business energy comparison website to see what suppliers may be offering. There is a caveat for using these sites, however, and that’s the fact they may not be searching the entire market or suppliers so some of the best deals may not be shown. Also, even with a great offering from the comparison website, you will still need to contact the supplier and give them your details for a bespoke quote to be created.   As mentioned previously, it is possible to spend a few minutes on the telephone speaking with experts who understand how the market works in order to deliver your cheap business energy needs which means speaking with the D-Energi team.
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