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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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31 Dec

Sourcing Great Commercial Energy Prices

by D-ENERGi
 

Utility bills, if not kept under control, can damage a business so sourcing great commercial energy prices on a regular basis will be a sound move.

The best time for checking the market is when your current supplier gets in touch to tell you what your next year’s contract rates will be.

If you decide not to search for another energy supply, you may be simply too busy, then it’s likely your provider will move you onto ‘deemed’ rates which can be very high.

These deemed rates are used when there’s no active contract in place for supplying energy to your business because the provider will assume that you want an uninterrupted supply of power to carry on working.

This means that your energy provider will supply your premises with energy but this will be done at the higher deemed rates.

Find a new commercial energy quote

Considering that it only takes a few minutes to find a new commercial energy quote for your firm, this is an expensive price for inactivity.

There are two types of tariff contracts for small business energy needs and they are a fixed rate tariff and a variable rate tariff.

With a fixed rate, the price being paid per kilowatt hour (kWh) will be fixed for a set period of time usually, it’s for one year but contracts can be signed for two or three years and some suppliers will offer up to five years.

The downside to a fixed tariff is that you may be tied into higher prices should prices fall.

With a variable rate, the price you pay will vary over the fixed term contract but you will benefit when prices for energy fall.

Searching for new commercial energy deals

When searching for new commercial energy deals, there’s no ‘best tariff’ that you can consult because each energy provider will need to offer a bespoke deal for your own needs.

This means that it’s also difficult to carry out a like-for-like comparison between providers but if your firm has moved across to deemed rates, you could save up to 50% by simply switching providers.

There are comparison sites for checking what the market rate is for your needs but this site may not be searching all potential suppliers and there could be better deals available.

One effective way of checking the marketplace for energy providers to supply energy to your firm is to contact the team of experts at D-Energi who will be able to help you source great commercial energy prices and save money on your overheads.