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3 Jul

Switching Tips For A Business Gas Supplier

by Simon Thompson
 
With so much competition in the marketplace, you may be looking for switching tips when it comes to finding a new business gas supplier. All firms should carry out a search of the market every year when their current supplier contacts them with details of their next year’s contract. One reason for this is that no firm or organisation should be over-paying for their gas supply. But unless you search all of the potential suppliers, how will you know that you are on the best rate for meeting your needs? Search the business gas supply market The short answer is that you will not, so you should search the business gas supply market using the expertise of the D-Energi team. That’s because, unlike a business gas comparison website, they are able to search all potential suppliers and find the best deal to save you money. You could, of course, contact potential suppliers directly but this can be confusing and time-consuming. One problem is that a potential supplier will need to tailor their offering to be a bespoke deal and comparing these on a like-for-like basis can take time. Understand business gas rates This means that you’ll need to understand business gas rates to ensure that you really will enjoy cost savings and boost profitability. It’s crucial that you calculate what the potential deal will cost over the course of a contract to ensure it really is cheaper. Put simply, you may be swayed by a lower unit rate for the gas you use but may not appreciate that there is a much higher standing charge, which is paid to the National Grid for supplying gas which could make your bill more expensive. This then makes the entire exercise of finding a cheap business gas supplier a waste of time and if you’ve agreed to the new deal, then you’ll be locked into it for 12 months – unless you are a small business and are able to leave it. An easy way to source a potential new deal might be to consider a business gas comparison website but you will need to appreciate that the site itself may not be searching all potential suppliers and will only restrict their search to a limited number. In addition, you will still need to speak with a recommended supplier because their offering must be bespoke for meeting your needs. For more help and information when it comes to switching tips for a new business gas supplier, then you need to contact the friendly D-Energi team today.
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1 Jul

Half Hourly Electricity Prices Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
If your business is a large consumer of electricity and you need half hourly electricity prices explained, then this article will help. Firstly, you’ll need to appreciate that because your firm is a large consumer that you will have a special half hourly electricity meter installed. These meters will send accurate consumption data to the supplier every 30 minutes, which is why they are called half hourly electricity meters. It’s this data that ensures you receive accurate bills and it is also an opportunity for another supplier to analyse this information and then offer you a bespoke deal, hopefully at much lower rates. Negotiate directly with half hourly electricity suppliers However, since large consumers can access much lower prices, you’ll need to negotiate directly with half hourly electricity suppliers to get a deal. Not every firm will have the expertise or time to do this, but there are experts who will be to explain any jargon and help with negotiations. This means contacting the friendly team at D-Energi who can find a better half hourly deal on your behalf and then negotiate with the supplier for the switchover process to begin. And since you are a large consumer of electricity, you may be worried that there may be a loss of supply when you do switch but this will not happen and you’ll simply receive a bill from your new supplier. A new half hourly electricity deal The big attraction when switching to a new half hourly electricity deal is that this offering is tailored to your firm’s specific needs and your budget. Like small and medium-sized firms, your business can agree to fixed half hourly meter charges so you know what your budgeting requirements will be. Alternatively, you could take a risk by opting for a variable rate which means your meter rate will change throughout your contract’s duration and if prices fall, then you’ll make big savings. Obviously, you could contact the potential half-hour electricity supplier directly but regulator Ofgem believes that the contracts can be complex and you’ll need experienced or dedicated people to undertake this task for you. The D-Energi team also offers help with the administration of the contract and paperwork so the switchover is seamless which leaves you to focus on your day-to-day business activities. If you would like more help and information about half hourly electricity prices and meters, then you need to speak with the experts at D-Energi today.
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28 Jun

Compare Business Energy Deals Effectively

by Simon Thompson
 
A crucial element when it comes to sourcing a new energy supplier is the ability to compare business energy deals effectively. By doing so, you will be reassured that you are getting the best deal possible for meeting your needs at that time. To do this, you will need your current energy supply contract and know when it ends, and how much you are currently paying. With this information, you are ready to compare deals between potential providers. In addition, they will be wanting to know your unit rate and standing charges, how much energy you use every year and how much notice you must give your current supplier. Compare business electricity providers You may decide to compare business electricity providers first because these bills tend to be higher than for gas. The proposed tariff will consist of two prices that you will need to focus on and these are the unit cost and the standing charge. Unit cost: this is what you will pay with the unit of energy is measured in kWh (kilowatt hours) Standing charge: this amount varies and is the daily charge paid to the National Grid for delivering energy. Understanding the difference is important because a potential supplier may offer much cheaper unit rates but have a higher standing charge so the deal may not actually work out to be cheaper at all. Compare business gas providers As mentioned, when you compare business gas providers you will need the same information as well as the type of contract you want to choose. This will boil down to either: A fixed term contract: with a fixed term deal the price per unit of energy is fixed for the contract’s duration A variable rate contract: the amount you pay per unit will vary during the contract and will usually be connected to wholesale market activity. When prices rise, then your unit cost will increase. If prices fall then you will benefit. If you haven’t switched for several years, then you may be on a ‘deemed rate’ contract, which tends to be higher and these are also known as out-of-contract rates. It does appear that there is a lot of information to take on board and you’ll still need to contact suppliers, either directly or using a comparison site aimed at business owners. Alternatively, you could contact experts who understand how you can compare business energy deals effectively and deal with the switchover process which means contacting the experts at D-Energi.
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26 Jun

Your Cheap Business Energy Deals Explained

by Simon Thompson
 
An important aspect of running any business is to keep costs down, which means accessing cheap business energy deals as a crucial part of ensuring profitability. Keeping a tight control on costs is important for all firms but particularly for small and medium-sized businesses who may have tighter margins. However, energy costs are one overhead that is unavoidable and may account for a large proportion of the firm’s overall outgoings, so ensuring that you have the right energy contract will help control these costs. One issue when it comes to cheap business energy deals is that the tariffs and bespoke offerings will vary, so you’ll need to understand the terminology and how the new deal will impact your business. Search the market for a cheap business electricity provider If you’ve ever searched the market for a cheap business electricity provider, then you may have been surprised at the sheer range of suppliers and deals available. You will also need to appreciate whether you need a fixed term contract or a variable one which will impact on the prices being quoted. Also, the length of the contract will have an influence as will the geographic location of your premises and how many people you employ. Indeed, you may be taken aback to find a supplier asking whether you have plans for expansion over the course of the contract, which may also affect the deal being offered. Market for cheap business gas suppliers As with electricity, you’ll find the market for cheap business gas suppliers is a competitive one too. And while most firms spend less on their gas bill, it’s still worth spending the time finding a new provider with cheaper rates. In addition, you will also need to understand that the unit rate being quoted is for the actual electricity or gas consumed while the standing charge is the amount you pay the National Grid for delivering energy. Also, when negotiating with the potential provider you will need to be wary about what may appear to be a verbal acceptance of a proposed deal since this will be binding. Essentially, unlike organising energy provision for our homes, there is no ‘cooling off’ period for a business. If you would like more help and advice about cheap business energy deals and how to access a provider with a cheaper tariff, then you need to speak with the experts at D-Energi.
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