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5 Apr

The Business Energy Market in Number Infographic

by Simon Thompson
 
When a business switches energy suppliers, 75% are happy with the process but they do not switch because 40% do not think they can save money and 25% think it’s too complex.   Save Save Save Save
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5 Apr

Find the Cheapest Gas Tariff for the Biggest Savings

by Simon Thompson
 
Possibly the best reason for sourcing the cheapest gas tariff for a business is to learn whether they are paying more than they need to for their gas needs. It’s highly likely that they are doing so and there are huge savings to be made for those firms that make the switch to a new business gas supplier. However, it’s also highly likely that the company owners are too busy to take a thorough examination of all the business gas supply offerings and they may find simpler to remain with their current supplier. This may be an expensive course of action to take since the savings that can be made will range from hundreds to thousands of pounds which will impact the firm’s bottom line. Finding a new gas supplier is surprisingly easy and the government has encouraged competition in the marketplace so that more suppliers means that most businesses will benefit with a choice of lower gas prices. Finding the lowest commercial gas quote There will be firms that would prefer not to switch and remain with one of the ‘big six’ suppliers but there are other reasons for switching to another supplier and it’s not just about finding the lowest commercial gas quote. That’s because suppliers appreciate that they can offer other attractive reasons for making the switch, including improved customer service and some firms also undertake a business gas audit. Obviously, this means that suppliers of business gas will not only offer better prices so the customer will save lots of money but also help them use less gas to ensure that their savings are increased as a result. For those businesses that simply do not have the time to appreciate the depth of the market offering, there are some simple solutions. The first is to find a business gas comparison website which will highlight how much the firm may be overpaying for their gas supply. However, these websites should be treated with some caution since the price on offer may not be the price the firm can access since the gas supplier will need to tailor their offering to the firm’s own needs. The most popular websites to compare business gas prices In addition, the most popular websites to compare business gas prices are probably not searching the entire market to find the best deals on tariffs for the firm to make better savings. There’s also a possibility of using energy brokers who will conduct a thorough search of potential gas suppliers to deliver the savings a firm is looking for. Considering that 40% of firms, according to government figures, have not looked at switching business gas suppliers means many of them are probably on a contract that has automatically rolled over. Inevitably, these prices per unit of gas are likely to be much higher than being offered by other firms for new customers. Also, there are other factors for a firm to look at cheaper gas supply prices and that’s the prospect of energy prices rising over the coming months and years. Most suppliers will allow a customer to lock into a cheap gas price to help offset any potential future cost increases. This ability to set the price of gas for a set period also helps boost the firm’s cash flow because they will know what their energy bills are going to be and so budgeting becomes easier. Undertaking an energy audit In addition, by undertaking an energy audit it is possible to highlight those areas where savings can be made and the efficiencies delivered over the longer term. Again, while most firms could quite easily switch suppliers by visiting a comparison website and opt to use a ‘big six’ firm, they may lose out on the prospect of lower prices and ways to improve long-term efficiency gains by utilising the experience of another supplier. It should also be appreciated that the process of finding cheaper gas prices for a business should be a trouble-free, transparent and quick process with no hidden gimmicks or costs. There’s very little reason for businesses looking for cheaper gas prices not to look at other potential suppliers and the switching process has never been easier. Indeed, it only takes a few minutes to source a better quote for business gas supply and by using the services of experts, a firm can be reassured that they are getting the best price and help with the switchover process. This switchover process is a seamless transaction and there will be no loss of gas supply to the business while it is undertaken.   For those firms looking to access the cheapest gas tariff and want to utilise the expertise of experts in the business energy supply market, then the team at D-Energi are the ones to speak with.  
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3 Apr

Save Money with an Energy Consultancy

by Simon Thompson
 
It’s important that firms looking to save money on their energy bills should use an energy consultancy who can also help improve efficiencies. Essentially, they have the expertise to deliver the best possible tariff from a new energy supplier so the organisation’s energy bills will fall substantially as a result. Indeed, the savings to be made from switching suppliers could range from hundreds to thousands of pounds though this depends on the size of the firm and their energy use but most organisations will save. However, firms should not just focus on using energy consultancies to find lower tariffs for them to enjoy but also to improve their use of energy. The consultancy will have the expertise to highlight where the firm is wasting money, literally, in their use of energy and by making some simple changes they can reduce their energy bills as a result. For many firms this is also a big boost for their environmental credentials since they will not only be saving money but also helping the planet as well. Firms looking to use a consultancy’s energy services There may be many firms looking to use a consultancy’s energy services and advice to become more energy efficient because this will enable them to reduce their operating costs and boost their competitiveness. This may also mean them looking to replace any ageing technology and reducing energy waste to help deliver the longer-term efficiencies the firm is looking for. Indeed, energy consultants can help deliver a cost-effective strategy that will deliver all this and more and help the organisation to make an informed decision over any energy use they may need to take. Another reason is why energy consultants should be used by firms is the prospect of rising energy bills; industry experts say we should all be gearing up to pay more for our energy in the coming months and years. So, along with the prospect of accessing lower tariffs with a new commercial energy supplier, businesses can also make strides in reducing their energy use so their bills will fall as a consequence. It will also help deal with any future price increases and enable them to take advantage of any technologies that will help them save money as well. Where energy consultants really come into their own This is where energy consultants really come into their own since they will see the whole picture of the firm’s operation and along with finding an energy supplier who best meets the firm’s needs they can highlight where energy-saving measures should be brought in. It’s this integrated approach that will help a further maximise their potential energy savings and enjoy lower bills for their energy costs in an environment of rising prices. It should also be appreciated that while firms may decide not to use energy consultants, they may then face the prospect of a time-consuming and frustrating process in finding a better energy deal that meets their needs because the market is so varied and competitive. Also, while they may use a business energy comparison website, they will still need to contact a potential supplier directly to find out what their bespoke offering will be. Again, while there are growing numbers of energy consultants available, their expertise and reputation will vary as well so a firm will be able to find an experienced and friendly energy consultancy to deliver what they are expecting. It’s also important to utilise the services of a firm that not only delivers business gas and electricity experience so the firm enjoys lower bills but also an understanding of lowering the firm’s water bills. The business water supply market has now opened up That’s because under new legislation the business water supply market has now opened up and firms in England can choose their own water supply company which could see further reductions to their overheads. Again, energy consultants will have the best deals on offer that are available from suppliers in the firm’s area.   It’s important to appreciate that energy consultants will help circumnavigate all these time-consuming issues to deliver lower energy bills and better energy usage as a result so for those firms who want to save money on energy costs they should contact the team at D-Energi who have the expertise to help.
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31 Mar

Enjoy Cheap Business Gas and Electric Bills

by Simon Thompson
 
With a little bit of effort, all firms can enjoy cheap business gas and electric bills. The process to sourcing a new supplier is simpler thanks to legislation and competition in the market which has intensified and means that with more suppliers there is the opportunity to find a much lower tariff. Indeed, for most organisations finding cheaper business energy bills is a crucial way to lower overheads. The first step in the process to switching business energy suppliers is to look at their current bill to find out what their contract rates are. This simple piece of information can then be used as a benchmark to find out what other suppliers are charging similar firms. This is because there is no set tariff and energy suppliers will tailor their offering to a firm’s needs and usage for them to access the cheapest energy tariffs and reduce their energy bills. More cheap business gas supplier firms entering the market As mentioned previously, with so many more cheap business gas supplier firms entering the market and electricity providers too, it is essential that prices are compared on a regular basis because the costs will vary between each supplier. Indeed, by using a business comparison website or utilising the services of experts in the field, a firm can find out in a few minutes how much they should be saving. There are some other issues to consider when looking at a quote from a potential supplier and it’s not just about the unit rate. Firms must appreciate that while some energy tariffs will have lower prices per unit their standing charges may be much higher. This means that the overall bill may be more expensive than the firm is expecting. It’s also important that the organisation knows when their current energy contract will end because there will be a window of opportunity for them to terminate it and switch suppliers. By failing to cancel the energy contract, the firm may then be rolled over onto a contract that will have prices that are probably much higher than from other suppliers. Many businesses allow this situation to occur every year and some see prices rocketing by 60% as a result. Switch business energy suppliers The good news is that the firm is then on a ‘deemed’ contract and they can switch business energy suppliers more easily and enjoy much lower bills as a result. There is no harm in an organisation looking to get quotes from potential new suppliers in the run-up to their energy contract coming to an end. Indeed, this may be a good way to haggle with a current energy supplier to obtain a lower tariff. The firm should also recognise too that they can enjoy extra discounts since some suppliers will offer discounts of between 2% and 5% for paying their bill by direct debit. It may also be possible for a firm to enjoy lower prices if they fix their energy tariff for a longer term – this makes sense should the firm believe that energy prices will increase during the length of the contract. The other positive for fixing a tariff for a long-term contract is that the firm will know how much they should be budgeting for and this will help with their cash flow management. Looking to switch energy suppliers Also, when looking to switch energy suppliers, it may be possible to enjoy additional services such as analysing their energy consumption and installing smart meters to analyse where and when energy is being used. This could lead to efficiencies being introduced and better ways of working to lower bills. Another consideration for a firm looking to lower their energy bills is to consider switching to a green energy supplier. Not only will this simple tactic help boost their environmental credentials, they may also enjoy much lower bills as a result. It’s worth highlighting that the number of renewable business energy providers is increasing and it’s possible to find out exactly where their energy is being sourced from; most are using solar panels and wind turbines. It’s also possible to make further savings on a firm’s energy bill by switching peak energy use to times where tariffs are lower and an energy consultant may be able to help with this.   However, the most effective way to access cheap business gas and electric bills is to utilise the services of a firm that not only understands the market but also knows how to get the best tariffs on offer that best meet the business’s needs – so for firms interested in lower bills they should contact the experts at D-Energi to find out more.
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