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5 May

How Easy Is It To Switch Energy Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
For any business asking how easy is it to switch energy suppliers, the answer is very easy. The process itself is simple and straightforward and the government, along with the regulator Ofgem, encourage firms to shop around and find better energy deals. It’s also important that when it comes to switching energy suppliers that there is no loss of energy supply to the firm’s business. Indeed, it’s also possible to enjoy the services of experts who know how the market works and can source a cheaper deal and then take care of the switchover process itself. This will mean speaking with the expert team at D-Energi who have the expertise and experience to deliver what a business is looking for. Government is keen that firms switch energy suppliers One of the reasons that the government is keen that firms switch energy suppliers is to encourage competition in the marketplace so that prices will fall and firms will see their overheads reduce as a result. In addition, new suppliers are also offering better levels of customer service and some offer energy audits as well. There’s a lot to recommend switching energy providers for business because this is an exercise that should be undertaken annually when their contract renewal comes up for discussion. It’s important to remember that a business cannot switch energy supplier mid-contract and they must wait until the contract is due for renewal and the supplier will contact them with their new terms. Inevitably, there will be suppliers available who will offer energy at a lower rate and some firms can save several thousands of pounds by simply switching suppliers. Energy switch by a firm can occur every year In addition, the energy switch by a firm can occur every year in a bid to maintain current rates or find cheaper energy rates by simply switching energy providers when the contract is due. It’s also important to appreciate that around 40% of firms admit they have never switched energy providers which mean they are probably paying more than they need to for their energy supply. And since all firms will need electricity supply for their day-to-day functions means this is a crucial cost for the business to pay. Also, firms who do not switch every year when their contract is due for renewal must appreciate their supplier will probably move them across to a ‘deemed’ contract where the rates are often very much higher than they currently pay. If your firm is on a deemed contract then it’s time to make a quick phone call to reduce energy costs.   More help and information about how a firm can switch energy suppliers to save money and boost profitability is available from the D-Energi team.
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24 Apr

Find A Cheap Business Gas Supplier and Save

by Simon Thompson
 
With every business and organisation looking to reduce their costs, by finding a cheap business gas supplier they can save money and boost profitability. However, it should be remembered that to enjoy the best savings a firm will probably need to switch their business gas supplier. But it’s also likely that as with many other firms, the business will be stuck on a contract that is not just out of date but will be a contract for which they are paying more than they need to for their gas supply. Savings to be made by switching energy supplier can vary from hundreds of pounds per firm to thousands of pounds every year depending on their gas usage. The simple trick to enjoying lower rates for gas supply is to switch during the renewal period for a contract since this offers a window of opportunity. Use experts to find cheap business gas and electric suppliers It’s also helpful that firms can use experts to find cheap business gas and electric suppliers to access the best deals and lowest gas prices. It’s also possible for a firm to undertake a lot of the research for themselves to find out how much they can save quite easily. Perhaps the best way to do this is to visit a gas supply comparison website and by typing in a few details a potential gas supplier will offer their typical rates. It should be borne in mind that these rates will probably not be the ones enjoyed by the firm concerned since the gas supplier will need to tailor their offering to the firm’s own needs. Inevitably, this makes sourcing a like-for-like quote very difficult but it does begin the process of realising just how much a firm may be overpaying for their business gas supply and how much they can save. It’s also possible to enjoy lower rates by locking the business into a contract that runs for two, three or even five years; this is a sound choice should the business believe that energy rates will rise over the coming years. Locking into longer term business gas supply contracts Another good reason for locking into longer-term business gas supply contracts is that the firm will then know what their cash flow will be like since they know how much they gas bills are likely to be over a given period. While many business owners will be tied up with the day-to-day process of running a business and will probably be tight for time, it is still worth spending some time looking at the various offers and opportunities available. Alternatively, a simple way to find out how much a firm could be paying for their business gas supply is to contact experts such as D-Energi who have the expertise to find the best tariffs possible within just a few minutes. This could be a tempting prospect for many business owners since they will be able to source lower gas prices quickly and efficiently. It should also be appreciated that the experts at D-Energi can also take care of the switchover process which is a seamless transaction and there will be no interruption to the firm’s gas supply. For those larger firms, particularly those with more than one premises, it’s also possible to access lower gas prices and by contacting the team they will also find out just how much they can save. The supply of gas to various premises It’s also possible to have just one invoice supplied for the supply of gas to various premises and offices rather than having to deal with several invoices. This will help streamline the payment processing and help the business keep on top of paperwork and predict their bills more accurately. There’s a lot to recommend using online comparison websites since they do encourage firms to examine further just how much they can save but, as mentioned previously, firms should appreciate that the price quoted may not be the price they will be offered.   It’s for this reason that the experts at D-Energi can offer more help and advice when it comes to helping a firm find a cheap business gas supplier and save lots of money in the process to lower their overheads and boost profitability. Save
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21 Apr

Understanding Commercial Energy Prices to Save Money

by Simon Thompson
 
All firms and organisations should understand commercial energy prices so they can save money and boost profitability. This is easier said than done and this article will help explain how to go about comparing the various prices and why. Firstly, the easiest way is to contact the experts at D-Energi who will have all of the latest business energy deals and tariffs and may be able to offer a better deal than the firm is currently enjoying. Alternatively, the firm could also visit the various business energy price comparison websites to see for themselves what deals are available. Undoubtedly, they will save money and a quick search of the marketplace will reveal just how much; this could range from hundreds of pounds to thousands of pounds. However, while visiting price comparison websites they will give a quick indication of the savings to be made, though a firm should be wary because these may not be the same prices that will be offered should they contact the energy supplier. Quote for commercial energy This isn’t the fault of the comparison website or the energy supplier since offering a like-for-like quote for commercial energy is a difficult issue to meet. Instead, the organisation will need to contact the energy supplier directly, give them a few details and they will be provided with a bespoke deal, hopefully matching the one they saw on the website. The other downside to using price comparison website is that they may not be searching the entire business energy supply market so the best deals available may not even be offered to the organisation looking for them. Instead, it may just be easier for many business owners who are busy with running their businesses to contact experts in the field who do know which are the best deals and offers currently available and they will be able to give this advice in just a few minutes. Again, these energy market experts will need a few details to put together a bespoke offering including the firm’s address and their meter number. This is all part and parcel of understanding commercial energy prices so a firm or organisation can save money, and they are highly likely to save a lot. Find a cheaper commercial energy quote That’s because a survey has revealed that around 40% of organisations have never switched their energy supplier and will have moved onto a new, probably much more expensive contract, by simply not acting when they have the opportunity to find a cheaper commercial energy quote. For those firms who have moved onto a new rollover contract, this is known as a ‘deemed’ contract then they are able to change suppliers under these terms. However, for those firms who are in their mid-term of a contract then they cannot break their energy supply contract before the window of opportunity in the weeks before the contract ends. While this may be frustrating for firms, they need to be aware of their energy usage and they then can use the data to find a better deal. It’s also possible for those who really want to understand more about energy prices and wants to source all of their business electricity needs from renewable sources then this too is possible. Indeed, there are specialist suppliers of renewable energy for firms and organisations and the energy experts will be able to point the firm in the right direction. Switching to renewable energy By switching to renewable energy, the firm will be boosting their environmental credentials and may also be able to enjoy cheaper rates than they pay now by doing so. Essentially, the most important reason to look at commercial energy prices on a regular basis is for the business to save money; this means profitability will be improved and there is more money to reinvest in equipment, staff, and training. For small firms particularly having lower energy bills means they will be able to put money aside as a financial buffer. Along with monitoring what the various energy providers are offering, it’s also possible to work with the supplier who will conduct an energy audit to point to ways of improving energy efficiency and usage. This latest point could be crucial because on top of cheaper prices, by using less energy the firm will be reassured that they are doing all they can to access lower bills.   The best way to find out how and why firms should compare commercial energy prices is to contact the team of experts at D-Energi who will be pleased to help.
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14 Apr

Enjoy Cheap Business Energy and Boost Profits

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s a simple fact but true, firms could enjoy cheap business energy deals and boost profits as a result. On top of this, they could undertake a business energy audit that could see them reducing consumption. By using less energy, coupled with low energy bills, could have a startling impact on the firm’s profitability. For instance, the Carbon Trust says that a firm reducing their energy costs by 20% could see a bottom line boost that is equal to a 5% increase in sales. Despite this, not every firm is interested in energy efficiencies but a new business energy supplier may want to undertake an energy audit and point out where savings can be made. The Carbon Trust points to everyday energy saving features including switching off PCs and monitors at night and at weekends which could reduce energy consumption substantially. Switching off lights is also a big saving Switching off lights is also a big saving and lowering the temperature – the business is paying around 8% more for every 1° C their offices are overheated. Poorly maintained boilers can also cost around 30% of the firm’s heating bill. These are simple measures that every business and organisation could undertake in order to reduce their bills and an energy audit will reveal more. However, there’s no doubt that by finding a cheaper business energy deal, the firm will save substantial amounts of money. The amounts to be saved will range by the size of business and their energy needs but a one-man band can, for instance, save hundreds of pounds every year, while a firm with several sites could save tens of thousands. Access cheap business electricity tariffs For those firms who’ve never switched before, then the process of understanding the market to access cheap business electricity tariffs can be confusing as well as time-consuming. There is help at hand and firms could use a price comparison website to find which firms are offering better deals. This is when understanding the business energy bill will be crucial and one survey revealed that 23% of firms do not check their bill’s accuracy because of time constraints. More worryingly, 23% of the survey’s respondents said they trusted the bill to be accurate. But firms are now using half-hourly meters so their bills will be more accurate but it still pays to double check to ensure the firm isn’t paying more than they need to for their energy needs. In addition to using a price comparison website, a firm may be tempted to look at the unit charges but they should also consider the other costs as well. This will include the standing charge from the energy supplier and these will vary between suppliers so what appears to be a cheap price per unit of energy becomes a very different situation when this standing charge is considered. Also, the price comparison website will not give an indication of how dedicated the supplier will be to helping their customers reduce energy consumption or even how good their customer services are. Firms will be looking for cheap business gas deals Most firms will be looking for cheap business gas deals and value for money electricity tariffs and by working with their supplier will help them bring in useful energy efficiencies that will lead to a fruitful relationship. There’s also an issue of which type of contract to choose, while many will have fixed rates, some suppliers will offer a flexible contract. One of the attractions for a fixed rate contract is some suppliers will offer them for up to five years. Many firms will find this prospect attractive since they will enjoy price security over the long-term for their energy costs and this will help them to fix their budgets with some certainty. Find lower prices and better energy suppliers However, it’s down to the business to make the effort to find lower prices and better energy suppliers. The business will also need to understand how their bill is put together and whether they are allowed to switch suppliers so will need to understand when their current contract comes to an end. While many business owners will be too time poor to undertake this sort of analysis and understand what their energy needs are, this will be time well spent in the long term. Accessing better energy deals will bring about efficiencies that benefit everyone as well as the business, particularly those looking to boost their environmental credentials.   For those organisations that are looking to enjoy cheap business energy deals to help boost profits, the team at D-Energi will be able to find within minutes a deal that will impress and then help with the switchover process for a seamless transition between suppliers.
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