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The Energy Bill Relief Scheme

D-ENERGi would like to commend the Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and all civil servants involved working around the clock to implement the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. We appreciate BEIS efforts in working with all non-domestic suppliers over the last few weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure our prospective and existing customers and clarify the following:

  • The scheme is only open to customers which have signed agreements with their suppliers from the 1st April 2022 onwards. The Energy Bill Relief Scheme comes into effect from the 1st October and a discount will be applied until 31st March 2023.
  • All energy suppliers will apply the same discount. This discount will automatically appear on your statements.
  • The BEIS department recommends all customers continue to enter into fixed price agreements as normal to shield businesses from future wholesale price increases. This way we can ensure all our customers are protected from the volatility in the current wholesale market.
  • As portrayed in some media outlets there is no price cap for businesses. The price cap is on the wholesale element price only. Please do not expect the unit rates of 21.1 p/kwh for electricity and 7.5 p/kwh for gas to appear on your bills. These rates do not include the many other non-commodity costs which make up your bill for both gas and electricity.
  • For customers who qualify for the Energy Bill Relief Scheme we kindly ask all qualifying customers to provide us with monthly gas and / or electricity meter reads until end of the scheme. This should be done ideally on the first day of the month or no later than the 10th.This will be a great help to get your bills as accurate as possible and ensure we apply the right discount throughout the scheme period.

For the latest information on the Energy Bill Scheme please visit www.gov.uk/guidance click here

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5 Sep

How a business should switch energy suppliers

by D-ENERGi
 

All businesses and organisations are looking to control their costs and with energy bills rising, and looking set to rise more quickly in the years to come, then all businesses should understand how they can switch energy suppliers.

The first point is that this is a very straightforward process and the benefits of reducing energy bills will be felt immediately.

The easiest way to switch energy suppliers for a business is to contact several to see what offers they have to attract you as a customer. It’s also important that speaking with more than one energy supplier will also establish a benchmark for prices and offers that can also be used as a negotiating tactic.

Also, a business that’s on a deemed, or default, tariff should also appreciate that their energy supplier must take reasonable steps to tell them about other contracts that are available and how they can find more information.

Businesses looking to switch their energy supplier

Businesses looking to switch their energy supplier should also take regular meter readings as these will give a fair picture of their consumption over a period of time and help give a potential new energy supplier an idea of what your demands and needs will be.

Before switching suppliers, a business should also ensure that they know the terms and conditions of their current contract they have with their energy supplier such as knowing when the contract ends and how much notice they need to give a supplier before switching.

It should be appreciated that some business energy suppliers will detail within a contract when this can occur.

Any business that is looking into an energy switch

Any business that is looking into an energy switch should also ask the potential new energy supplier to explain their terms and conditions of any deal so the business understands the benefits before signing up to it.

The main reason for doing this is that most business energy supply deals do not incorporate a cooling off period which is the period of time that a contract can be cancelled after it’s been signed.

While it’s tempting to reduce costs by switching business energy suppliers, those looking to switch should also understand that the current supplier can place an objection to the switching to a new supplier only under strict criteria which includes having a debt with the current supplier or that switching would break the terms of a contract.

However, the supplier cannot place an objection to switch suppliers if the business is on a deemed contract and if the contract itself has expired and the business is not bound by its terms.

While there are lots of business energy suppliers offering interesting deals, it also pays to visit specialist comparison websites or speak with the helpful team at D-Energi for more information about how to switch energy suppliers are smoothly as possible and save money too.