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23 Jan

What to Look for with Business Energy Suppliers

by Simon Thompson
 

Most firms and organisations need energy for them to operate effectively which is why their choice of business energy suppliers is crucial to their ability to trade.

Indeed, it’s important for business owners to be engaged with business energy contracts to ensure they are not paying more than they need to for that energy supply.

For most firms this means not simply paying their energy bills when they arrive but also ensuring that the tariff they are on is fair and delivers what the business needs.

To switch business energy suppliers is relatively straightforward and it is being actively encouraged for more firms to do this.

Contacting business electricity suppliers

Before looking for a better business energy tariff, the firm should understand the features of their current commercial energy tariff before making a switch and contacting business electricity suppliers, for instance.

At this point it’s important to appreciate that there are some very distinct differences between business and domestic energy supply; the biggest difference is that a business will usually have its business energy quote done on a bespoke basis since each business’s needs will be different.

Also, many business owners may not appreciate that when it comes to sourcing business energy suppliers, they will need to source the business gas supplier separately from their electricity; most suppliers do not package their fuels together.

Potential business gas suppliers

As a business customer, they must then obtain business energy quotes for the type of fuel they need, for instance from their potential business gas suppliers, before switching between suppliers and securing their new, better tariff under a separate contract.

One of the best ways of finding a better business energy supplier, and this will include those who are looking for business gas supply, is to approach a business energy broker who will understand the whole market and find them the most suitable deal.

Also, businesses need to appreciate that they will be obliged to meet stricter terms than they would for a domestic energy tariff, for instance.

So, while it’s relatively easy for a domestic customer to switch between tariffs during a contract, though they may need to pay an exit fee, a business energy customer will be bound by the terms of their contract and unable to make a switch during the contract’s duration.

For more help and advice on what to look for with business energy suppliers, then contact the team at D-Energi who have the expertise and experience to find the best available tariffs.