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29 Mar

Find A Commercial Energy Quote and Save Money

by Simon Thompson
 
It is sound business practice for organisation to find a commercial energy quote and save money since this will lower overheads and boost their profitability. It’s also a good idea to compare business electricity prices on a regular basis to see whether the organisation is paying more for their energy needs than they need to. When it comes to finding a commercial energy quote then it doesn’t matter how large or small the organisation is, they will find tariffs and offerings that will suit. It is worthwhile highlighting at this point that for many businesses, and surveys reveal it is around 40%, will not be looking to switch their energy supplier when the time for contract renewal arises. This could be, potentially, an expensive mistake to make since the organisation will have a rollover contract where they will probably be paying more for their energy than they need to. Finding a cheaper business energy quote is a straightforward process though the organisation needs to appreciate that they cannot get access to a dual fuel deal as they can for their home. Find a bespoke commercial energy quote This means they must contact business electricity and gas providers separately and find a bespoke commercial energy quote. The quote needs to be bespoke because while there are comparison websites offering business energy rates, these are general and the supplier will need to know specific details before they make a firm offer. So, when the firm has found energy prices they like they then must contact the energy supplier to confirm what price is actually on offer for them. Before doing so, they will need to find relevant information which is found on a previous energy bill including their meter number, so the new supplier knows where they are. The supplier will also need to know how much energy a firm is using and when they use it since there will be different tariffs for those firms who can move energy use to off-peak hours. Another issue for those looking to switch energy suppliers is that while the ‘Big Six’ dominate the energy market, the market itself is changing and there are smaller, more effective energy suppliers entering the market. This means that not only is competition improving, so is customer service and other business offerings as well. For instance, some business energy suppliers will undertake an energy audit to ensure the business is not wasting energy and spending money heating rooms, for instance, that no one is using. Another reason an organisation may be looking to switch their energy supplier may be for boosting their environmental credentials. Sourcing a green business energy supplier There’s no doubt that sourcing a green business energy supplier is growing in popularity and is an effective way for helping our planet. Businesses wanting a green electricity supplier will be reassured that their energy is coming from renewable sources such as solar and wind power among them. The other attraction for a comparison website is that it will give the business a fair idea of what the market rate for their demand will be. As with all negotiations, this is a starting point for discussions and having the information means the firm can then contact energy suppliers to haggle for a better deal. Along with the time-consuming exercise and the ability to negotiate, some firms, particularly small enterprises, may be wary about the switchover process itself. It’s important to understand that there’s nothing to worry about and there will be no interruption to their power supply. Indeed, the only change they will see is their energy bill prices. Firm is happy with their commercial energy prices Once a firm is happy with their commercial energy prices, the switchover process itself is a seamless transition between one supplier to another and there are experts in the field who can help find cheap tariffs and help with the switchover process as well. However, before moving onto an easy way of finding and comparing potential business energy suppliers, it is worthwhile highlighting that there are reasons why a firm may not be able to switch suppliers. The first one is their contract may not have come to an end and they cannot switch mid-term, or there may be an outstanding debt owing to a supplier who can then lodge an objection to prevent the switchover from happening. It’s always worthwhile checking the energy contract first to see what the terms and conditions are to ensure that there is a window of opportunity to move supplier and enjoy lower bills.   As mentioned previously, there is an easy way to find the best commercial energy quote available by contacting experts who understand how the market works and who is offering the best deal for businesses so organisations should contact the expert team at D-Energi who have the expertise to deliver exactly what organisations, both small and large, are looking for.
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27 Mar

How to Compare Business Energy Tariffs

by Simon Thompson
 
For any business, large or small, looking to reduce their costs then understanding how to compare business energy tariffs could pay dividends. Just as we find when looking at household energy suppliers, the tariffs available for a business can vary hugely and create confusion. This means conducting more research and calling a potential energy supplier to find their best offer. However, the one thing to remember is a business can only compare their business electricity and gas tariffs separately between suppliers since they cannot get a dual fuel deal like they can for their home. It should be remembered though that there are huge savings to be made from switching energy suppliers and depending on usage, some businesses could save hundreds of pounds and indeed several thousands of pounds. Compare business electricity and gas rates However, when a firm wants to compare business electricity and gas rates with various rivals, it’s not that easy since the supplier will need to offer a bespoke deal. The process of finding low bills not only sees lower overheads but it should be done as a matter of routine. This has been underlined by a survey from the Competition and Markets Authority which reveals that 40% of small and medium-sized businesses have not switched their energy supplier in the last five years. More worryingly, 39% admit they have never switched energy supplier. The survey highlights that many firms in the UK are probably overpaying for their energy and missing out on the huge savings to be made which is an exercise that should be done considering that energy prices are predicted to increase this year. The easiest way to compare business gas and electricity prices Perhaps the easiest way to compare business gas and electricity prices is to understand how the firm’s energy bill is put together; this means understanding the breakdown of the energy unit rate and any standing charges as well. By doing so, the firm will then make the process of comparing prices much easier though they should beware of a potential supplier offering an estimated annual cost since estimates can vary hugely. For a micro-business, that’s an employer who employs fewer than 10 people, they will know their energy prices because that’s the regulation for the suppliers to meet. Also, energy suppliers may automatically push their customers into a rollover contract after the firm’s initial tariff comes to an end. One reason for this is that the rollover contract is usually much more expensive than a new customer’s contract from the same firm. Comparing business gas and electricity prices There’s no doubt that when it comes to comparing business gas and electricity prices there needs to be plenty of homework done. The first step is to benchmark what the market is offering for the firm’s usage. Again, the firm should be wary about any quotes being offered since these will not be a precise offering and they will still need to call the supplier for an actual energy quote. Once the firm has a good idea of what the market offering is and how much money they can save every year, then they should begin calling around other suppliers. Contact business energy brokers It might, however, be easier to contact business energy brokers as well to see whether they have any better offers and tariffs available. The other important issue to remember is the business should never stop haggling or pushing for a better offer, even when their current supplier offers a new deal they should contact them to see if there is an improved offer. If the firm is happy with their current supplier then it might worth doing some research first to see whether their current supplier will meet a competitor’s offer. It would not hurt to ask but the business needs to be forearmed with the relevant information. The other big attraction for firms who are looking to compare their energy prices is that they can also fix into a longer-term deal which is worth considering if prices do begin to rise. Energy suppliers offer variable rates which can be expensive while others will offer a fixed price over one to three years of a contract term. Comparing business energy deals Finally, when it comes to comparing business energy deals and the firm finds an offer they like, they need to appreciate that once they sign a contract there is no cooling off period. This means they must ensure they are happy and understand the contract before committing to it because they will have to see the contract through until the time for renewal arises. Essentially, the easiest way to compare business energy prices is to contact experts in the field who know what the latest deals and tariffs are and can put together a cracking deal that will save searching the market extensively and take care of the switchover process which means contacting the experts D-Energi.
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24 Mar

Why Firms Should use an Energy Consultancy

by Simon Thompson
 
There are many reasons why a firm looking to lower their energy costs should use an energy consultancy and this article explains why. The main reason is probably the most appealing and that’s for those firms who do not have the time to source a new energy supplier to use the expert’s experience. They may also lack the expertise in trying to manage their energy needs and usage to pinpoint where potential savings in energy costs can be made. Indeed, most firms will appreciate that there are some very good commercial energy deals available that will help them lower their overheads and boost efficiencies at the same time. This will, inevitably, mean that profitability will be boosted as a result. The experts in energy services Turning to the experts in energy services is a highly recommended course of action since the energy consultancy will know what the latest and best deals are and they will also have a track record in delivering savings. The energy consultants will also understand the finer points in a potential new supplier’s contract and highlight any potential issues. However, energy consultants are not just about looking at the various tariffs and prices from a potential new supplier to find the best possible deal – they also aim to make the firm more energy-efficient. Indeed, the energy consultants should be able to take a holistic view of the firm’s energy needs, both for gas and electricity and also for their water needs too. That’s because the market for supplying water to businesses in England has now opened up and firms can switch suppliers to help reduce their costs. Energy consultants will be able to find better water deals This means the energy consultants will be able to find better water deals and offer water management tips to help improve efficiencies. The energy consultant should also be able to monitor and measure a firm’s energy use to pinpoint where efficiencies can be made. Essentially, along with the prospect of reducing their energy bill by hundreds if not thousands of pounds every year, further savings can be made by reducing energy use to reduce bills by up to, potentially, 15%. Obviously, for many firms and organisations this could add up to substantial savings being made every year by simply switching water, gas and electricity suppliers. It’s also important to use energy consultants who have an in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and have the expertise to deliver the savings the organisation is hoping for. The other benefit for using an energy consultancy is that once they source a new energy supplier offering much lower rates, they can also look after the switchover process and deal with the contracts as well. The switchover process is seamless While the switchover process is seamless, there will be no interruption in energy supply to the firm’s premises, the energy consultant will be able to ensure that the process is indeed trouble-free. Essentially, organisations will be looking to not only lower their energy bills but also their energy usage and improve their green credentials as well. It should also be appreciated that the energy consultants can work with firms of all shapes and sizes as well as those who have several business sites. This also means that those with more than one premises can also have an improved deal from an energy supplier and receive just one invoice rather than having to deal with several suppliers and their invoices. Again, the energy consultants will have the knowledge and experience of the market to find the best suppliers to those organisations with several premises or retail outlets. The work of the energy consultant Essentially, the work of the energy consultant is not just about sourcing lower prices to reduce a business energy bill, but also to monitor the firm’s energy consumption and highlight where energy is being wasted. This may mean tips and advice which may change the way the firm works to help boost their environmental impact and reduce their energy use as well.   So, for those firms looking to use an energy consultancy, they should speak with the team of experts at D-Energi to find out what they can do and what savings can be made over the short-term.
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22 Mar

Switch to a New Business Gas Supplier and Save

by Simon Thompson
 
There are big savings to be made for any business that switches to a new cheap business gas and electric supplier and this article will help explain why. All firms should check the market regularly to ensure they are on a gas and electricity tariff that best suits their business needs. However, since energy suppliers cannot offer a dual fuel deal, this means they must source their electricity and gas needs separately. The market for supplying business gas is a competitive one and the firm will, more than likely, find a cheaper supplier with a better customer service delivery. Despite the fact that firms could save hundreds or thousands of pounds every year on their energy bills, around 40% of them, according to the Competition and Markets Authority, do not bother to switch energy suppliers. There are a number of reasons for this, some firms will be happy with their business energy supplier and others will simplify believe it’s too time-consuming to carry out. Source a cheap business gas supplier The energy watchdog Ofgem and the government are keen to boost competition within the business energy supply market which means the firm will find it easier to source a cheap business gas supplier and electric too. It’s important to appreciate that they will not lose business gas supply during the switchover process since there will be no need to install new pipes or meters. It should be part of normal business practice to look at the business gas supply market on a regular basis to ensure the firm is enjoying the best tariffs available. This will also bring peace of mind and ensure that they are not paying more than they need to for their gas. Some firms may also be confused not only about the switchover process itself but the fact there are so many competitors in the market offering great deals. While many will want to stick with the ‘big six’ gas suppliers, it will pay to shop around and find better tariffs, better customer service and other services being offered as well. Savings to be made in the amount of gas being used Among these gas services for businesses is the opportunity from some suppliers to undertake an energy usage audit to see whether there are savings to be made in the amount of gas being used. This will mean that as well switching to a cheaper tariff, the firm will save even more money by being more efficient with their gas use. Some firms may also want to undertake the comparison process and then be astounded at the wide range of business gas suppliers available offering a multitude of tariffs, contracts, and services. But there’s an argument to be made that managing energy efficiently is a great way for a business to boost its environmental credentials and lower their overheads at the same time. For this reason, commercial gas procurement should be at the forefront of their regular tasks to see whether savings can be made and profitability improved. It should also be noted that while the commercial gas market is primarily aimed at firms both large and small, from one-man bands to multisite premises, the offers are also available for other non-domestic organisations, such as charities and even churches. It’s also worthwhile working with an organisation that will offer a dedicated account manager so the business will be informed should their tariff or terms change and also, when the opportunity arises, search the market once more for an even better deal. Source a new supplier and fix energy prices With industry experts predicting that business gas prices will inevitably rise in the coming months and years, it makes sense to source a new supplier and fix energy prices before increases are implemented. Along with business gas comparison websites to find better prices, there are also growing numbers of energy brokers available who can access the whole market to find a suitable bespoke deal. For those firms who are time poor to undertake an analysis of the available business gas deals, then this will be a suitable solution. It also means they don’t have to make too much effort to find a cheaper and better supplier. There’s no doubt that by switching energy supplier, the firm will reduce costs and have the option of moving to a fixed term contract so they will know what their energy prices will be for the next one to three years. By taking control of their energy needs and supply, the firm will be reassured that they have done all they need to and made the maximum savings possible.   However, for all firms who are looking to switch to a new cheap business gas and electric supplier, then speaking with the experts at D-Energi will be time well spent because they will, within minutes, be able to highlight just how much money could be saved by moving to a new energy supplier.
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