Business Gas Suppliers 2021: How to switch them
Posted on Jul 19, 2021
In the past, if you wanted business gas, the only choice for you was British Gas. This is not the case these days as there are now lots of business gas suppliers to choose from, meaning you can now opt for the one that best suits your needs.
Each business gas supplier will have its own range of business gas rates, customer ratings, and offers that will make it easier for you to compare them and find the best one for your business. While the price you are charged for your business gas should always be the most important thing you think about when switching suppliers, it is not the only thing you should consider.
If you are solely focused on price then it will potentially be easy to pick the best supplier, but some business owners will be looking for additional benefits such as different payment methods, longer contract times, or suppliers who have the best customer service.
Business Gas Contracts
When it comes to business gas contracts, there are two things you need to keep in mind, to begin with:
- Unit cost – the amount your business gas supplier is charging per unit of energy
- Standing charge – the set price you pay for maintenance and transportation
Then you need to look at the type of contract they are offering:
- Fixed-term contract – this type of contract ensures the price of your gas stays the same throughout the contract term. So, the cost per unit will stay the same, but your bill may differ depending on how much energy you use.
- Variable-rate contract – the cost per unit of gas may fluctuate throughout the term of your contract. It will go up or down depending on market activity.
- Deemed rate contract – this is sometimes also called ‘out of contract’ tariff and can be very expensive, so it is not one you want to find yourself tied into
- 28-day contract – this is a very rare type of contract as it only applies to businesses that have not switched suppliers since gas deregulation
- Rollover contracts – if you missed the opportunity to switch to a new gas supplier you may find your supplier assumed you wished to stay on the same contract and so just rolled you over
Using D-ENERGi to compare business gas tariff prices
Your first step should be to grab a copy of your most recent gas bill as this will contain all of the information, we need to get you a better deal from a new supplier. Once you have contacted us and told us the information we need, we contact lots of different gas suppliers to get quotes on your behalf.
Get the best prices on your business gas by contacting the D-ENERGi team on 0800 781 7626.
We have seen a recent increase of our prospective customers signing letters of authority known from within the industry as LOA’s. Letters of authority enable third parties such as energy brokers and consultants to collect data so a gas or electricity quote can be offered. However we have seen an increasing number of brokers and consultants not only offering gas and electricity quotes, but will go as far as to change your supply to another provider without any further consultation and not informing the end user of any prices. We strongly advise customers to thorughly check the content of any Letter Of Authority which is signed. This document is important because under the Data Protection Act you have a right to confidentiality. Be careful that Letters of authority do not mention “the right to change supply” as this could lead to higher bills with out the end user being aware.
Should you smell gas or suspect there has been a leak of other fumes such as carbon monoxide you should call the free 24 hour national emergency number on 0800 111 999 immediately. It is the responsibility of your gas distributor to make your property safe but the following will outline what precautions you should take after you have called 0800 111 999 and then what steps need to be taken after the engineer has visited.
If you are able to smell gas then please ensure you follow these steps:
Call the national emergency number on 0800 111 999
Do not use your mobile phone to make this call if you are in the property where there is a suspected gas leak. If your only option is to use a mobile phone then make the call either outside or in a neighbouring property
Open all doors and windows
Never use matches, lighters or any other type of naked flame
Do not smoke
Do not switch any electrical appliances on or off, this includes doorbells and lights
Ensure that the gas supply to any appliances has not been left on and that the pilot light on any boilers has not gone out
If you know how to and feel comfortable doing it then turn off the gas supply at the meter
It is not your responsibility to fix any gas leaks at your property, this is the responsibility or your gas distributor and once you have reported the leak through the national emergency number they will visit your property free of charge. Make sure the engineer is a Gas Safe registered engineer and request to see the necessary documentation confirming this.
If the leak is in a domestic property they may be able to make it safe by switching off the gas supply. Provided they are able to the gas engineer will fix the leak there and then, if not they will isolate the faulty appliance and switch the gas back on if it is safe to do so.
Once the engineer has completed all the work they are able to they will leave all the relevant information concerning who to contact should any repairs need to be made. If the fault is with the distribution company and you are left without gas for more than 24 hours you will be entitled to compensation. You will need to contact your supplier should this apply to you.
A carbon monoxide leak is just as dangerous as a natural gas leak, though it is not combustible like natural gas it is poisonous and restricts your bloods ability to transport oxygen around your body. However, it is much more difficult to notice as carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless but there are indicators to look out for:
Flames on gas appliances burn orange or yellow instead of blue
There is undue condensation on your windows
There is visible soot or a scorched look on any gas appliances
The pilot light on any of your boilers frequently goes out
The easiet possible way is to invest in a carbon monoxide detector, the Gas Safe Register states the following on their website:
“Gas Safe Register recommends the use of audible carbon monoxide alarms. It should be marked to EN 50291 and also have the British Standards’ Kitemark or another European approval organisation’s mark on it. CO alarms usually have a battery life of up to 5 years. Fit an alarm in each room with a gas appliance. Always follow the alarm manufacturer’s instructions on siting, testing and replacing the alarm. Do not use the ‘black spot’ detectors that change colour when carbon monoxide is present, they don’t make a sound. It is important to choose an alarm that will wake you up if you’re asleep, or you may not be aware of early CO symptoms until it is too late.”
If you suspect there is a carbon monoxide leak or your carbon monoxide alarm has alerted you to one then you must:
Leave the property immediately
Call national emergency number on 0800 111 999
If any from the property is displaying any of the following symptoms seek urgent medical attention as they may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning:
loss of consciousness
Turn off any appliances and do not switch them back on until they have been checked
Ensure that any and all repairs are completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer
Following these steps will help to ensure the safety of anyone at a property affected by either a natural gas leak or carbon monoxide leak. As a matter of precaution make sure the national emergency number is kept somewhere prominent in the property so that it can be found by anyone in the event of any kind of leak and that any residents or employees at the property are aware of the above.