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19 Jun

Understanding the Market for Business Energy Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 
For those firms who need help in understanding the market for business energy suppliers then this article is a good starting point. While the helpful team of advisers at D-Energi can answer questions about hot to find cheaper energy suppliers, it is also possible for the firm concerned to carry out their own research too. Perhaps, the best starting point is to visit one of the many online comparison websites to see what energy suppliers are offering firms like theirs. It’s worth pointing out these online comparison websites offer a good indication of current market rates but they may not be analysing the whole market for suppliers and therefore may not be aware of cheaper deals and tariffs. Business electricity suppliers Obviously, every firm will be needing business electricity suppliers for their everyday needs from making a cup of tea to powering their computers, tools and other necessary equipment. It’s important to appreciate that the contract for business energy will run for fixed terms which range from one year and up to five years. There are a number of advantages for opting for no longer term contracts and the main one being protecting a business from future potential price increases. The downside is the firm will be locked into a contract until it ends and they may miss out on better deals and tariffs from other suppliers in the meantime. Indeed, all firms should check when their business energy contract comes up for renewal and use this as an opportunity to search the marketplace for better and cheaper suppliers. Firms looking for business gas suppliers Again, this advice also works for those firms looking for business gas suppliers and their terms too will vary as will their contract lengths. Most firms will be looking for a gas supply to keep their premises and offices warm and there may be better deals to be had for those firms who have more than one premises to consider. The marketplace for business energy has seen competition increase in recent years and prices have fallen in real terms by around 13% and the growth in popularity for firms wanting renewable or green energy has also been boosted.   There’s no doubt that to understand the market for business energy suppliers can be a time-consuming process but the experts at D-Energi are available to help and offer advice when sourcing a new improved energy offer from a supplier.  
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16 Jun

Finding Cheap Commercial Electricity Rates

by Simon Thompson
 
The market for offering cheap commercial electricity rates is a competitive one so it is relatively easy for a firm to find a cheaper new electricity supplier. However, there are some considerations that all firms and organisations will need to take into account when comparing business electricity tariffs and these include: Business size: the firm’s turnover and size of office space will be crucial for a potential supplier. Some will specialise in a business’s size and offering but not others. Business planning: knowing how long the business will be remaining in their premises will also dictate whether they have a short or long-term contract; a shorter term contract will bring flexibility for switching. Know your energy usage: all firms should check their bills to see how much electricity they are using as this will help a potential new supplier estimate the usage and potential tariff. Access cheaper electric prices being charged Knowing when the firm has its peak uses for electricity means they may be able to access cheaper electric prices being charged for use in the early hours of the morning or during the night. It’s also important that businesses look carefully at the deal being offered so it meets their needs. Firms and organisations should also be wary about fixed term contracts, particularly those that may tie them up for four years. While longer fixed contracts offer much lower rates and better deals, they are more difficult for a firm to break and switch to a different supplier. It’s also important that firms do their research and compare quotes from various suppliers and they need to do this within the window of opportunity before the current contract comes to an end. Compare a commercial electricity quote between suppliers This means they will need to allocate time and resources for someone to compare a commercial electricity quote between suppliers effectively and for smaller firms, this may be a difficult undertaking. However, the payoff is that they will probably source a much cheaper energy supply for their firm and save substantial amounts in the process; just about every firm will save money by switching to a new supplier. Just a word of caution for those firms who are using comparison websites for business energy prices; the website itself may not be searching the entire market or indeed all of the potential energy suppliers and may not be delivering the cheapest deals or tariffs. Also, the firm will need to contact the supplier directly because their energy quote will need to be bespoke.   For more help and advice about finding cheap commercial electricity rates, then it’s time to speak with the team of experts at D-Energi to find out what deals and offers are available.
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14 Jun

Compare Business Gas Prices and Find a New Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s a straightforward process to compare business gas prices and firms will be able to save lots of money by doing so. One of the best ways for reducing overheads on commercial gas supply is to sign a fixed term contract. This means the firm will begin the search for a price for their gas supply towards the end of the contract which generally runs for one year. It’s also possible to get two and three-year contracts which will deliver even lower prices. However, the only drawback to signing longer term contracts is they may be more difficult to get out of should the firm or organisation wish to cancel before the contract ends. Opt for the cheapest gas tariff According to some industry experts, the savings to be made by firms and organisations could be as high as 60% when they opt for the cheapest gas tariff. While many firms will opt to use one of the ‘Big Six’ gas suppliers because they know the name and are reassured of supply, there are big savings to be made by switching to smaller suppliers as well. Other issues to consider when looking at comparing gas prices is for those high volume consumers as they will see the price falling even more. This means the firm should really have a good idea of how much gas they will probably use during the term of a contract so they get the best and most accurate quote possible. This also brings us to the potential of the firm being on a rollover contract; this happened when their fixed term contract comes to an end and they will be switched to a more expensive ‘deemed’ rate. Get the best commercial gas quote It’s important that all firms and organisations pay attention to when their contract comes to an end and when the renewal occurs they can then get the best commercial gas quote. A surprising number of firms will not check the potential for switching business gas suppliers and will be paying more than they need to for their gas supply. Perhaps the best reason for switching supplier is not just to save lots of money but also look for those suppliers that may offer better levels of customer service and some suppliers offer energy audits as well. The potential of undertaking an energy audit is to bring about energy efficiencies that mean the firm will be using less gas which will bring its own benefits with lower bills over the long term. For more help and advice about how to compare business gas prices and finding a new supplier, then speak with the team of experts at D-Energi.
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12 Jun

Energy Consultancy for Business Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
All firms and organisations should be looking to reduce their overheads on a regular basis and an energy consultancy may well help save cash for those interested organisations. That’s because the energy consultants will know and understand the energy supply market and help the business find the best deals and tariffs that meet their needs. On top of this, the energy consultancy will also undertake an energy audit to ensure that the savings being made are permanent and long-term. For instance, the consultants may highlight areas where the firm can save large amounts of money by making simple changes to their everyday activities; this may mean switching off unused office lights, turning down the heating and even switching off computers and screens at night. One reason a firm may be looking to bring in the experts is that they believe their energy bills may be too high but they may not understand how to lower them effectively. A basic energy services audit Industry experts say that even a basic energy services audit should see a firm’s energy bills being reduced by 10% at the very least while many firms may also enjoy savings of around 25%. This may mean introducing energy efficiencies and upgrading various pieces of equipment but that is still a huge saving. That’s on top of the energy audit locating better deals and tariffs which mean the overall savings can be quite substantial. The energy experts will also be able to help decipher the firm’s energy bills to ensure they are on the best deal currently, if not, highlight where potential savings can be made. It may appear to be a strange way to invest in lower energy bills by paying experts to find a cheaper deal or tariff and better ways of using energy but it does work. Expert should be able to deliver energy savings However, the expert should be able to deliver energy savings that far outweigh their own costs. Whether the audit is for retail premises, agricultural farms or a factory; an energy consultancy will pay dividends. The bottom line is that all firms and organisations can become more energy-efficient which is not only good for our environment but also good for the firm’s overheads with lower running costs. The energy audit may also be beneficial for keeping costs down in a factory with heavy usage of energy in the manufacturing process.   For more help and information about energy consultancy and the impact of having an energy audit undertaken, then speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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