Tips To Make Sure You Are Getting The Best Energy Deal For Your Business
Posted on Apr 27, 2023
If you are currently receiving business energy (gas or electricity) from an agreed business energy supplier, this blog is for you.
With the cost of living at such a high, and many businesses, particularly small and micro businesses navigating their way through increasing costs and expenses, as well as battling the change in consumer behaviour and spending as a result of the pandemic, saving money where you can is so important right now.
At D-ENERGi, we have spent time understanding just how difficult the last few years have been for our business energy customers and know how important it is for businesses to understand their outgoings and be sure they are paying for what they need and are not being overcharged. Which is why we have written this blog, to help businesses navigate the tricky world of energy costs.
Pay close attention to your energy bills
Firstly, you should be reading all your business energy bills and paying close attention to what they say. Although no one likes receiving a bill, it is an incredibly important part of ensuring you are not overpaying or paying for usage you do not require.
For example, you could be paying for an estimated amount of energy used if you fail to submit a meter reading and end up being overcharged. Alternatively, your supplier may have quoted you an incorrect price per kilowatt hour (kWh).
In addition to this, you should also be checking for any additional fees or charges that may not have been previously agreed which could add up to a considerable amount each month. The easiest way to check this is by comparing your bills from one month to the next and being sure that all figures line up with what has been agreed in your contract.
What to do if you think you are overpaying
The best thing you can do if you have spotted an overpayment or consecutive bills where you have been overcharged is to speak with your energy supplier directly. Get through to their customer service team and discuss your bills.
You should also make sure to take a look at your current energy contract and check all the terms and conditions. Your supplier may have added in additional fees or charges that you were not aware of, so it is worth double checking.
Finally, if after speaking with your supplier you still feel like you are overpaying, don’t be afraid to shop around and compare what similar energy suppliers are offering. Often, you can find a better deal that will save your business significant amounts of money each year.
At D-ENERGi we have become a trusted alternative to the big five energy suppliers in the UK for our business energy customers, and provide free quotes for any business looking to switch suppliers. Our friendly team will be happy to discuss the details of your business requirements and find you a solution to your problem. Afterall, it is better to spend some time getting the right business energy deal, than to be spending too much on your bills. Get in touch today for your free quote.
What is P272? P27what? You aren’t alone in the dark about P272. P272 is regarded as one of the biggest shakeups to the business electricity market since deregulation. Sounds more like a character out of star wars, but here are some facts on P272, which we have put together hopefully jargon free. If you unsure on how P272 affects your business please do not hesitate to contact us for free on 0800 781 7626, we will be delighted to help you further. You may also like to view our infographic and visit our support page dedicated to the P272 OFGEM legislation.
The Facts – What Is P272
P272 is a new regulation which has been implemented by OFGEM. It affects the way suppliers settle electricity consumption for businesses with a specified energy use. Resulting in sites being changed to half hourly.
Remember, remember the 5th November… “Guy Fawkes?”. No, no… this is when the P272 migration began! The deadline for all sites to be settled to Half-Hourly is 1st April 2017. Don’t be fooled by the date, it really is 1st April! Also, don’t be put off by the 2017 threat – it’ll be here before you know it!
The settlement is being put in place in order for suppliers to balance the amount of energy being purchased from the Generators. The aim for P272 is to make the readings more accurate via the half hourly consumption. This will provide distributors with more understanding on electricity use. This results in networks ensuring they are sufficiently developed and maintained.
Ultimately, P272 helps you and your business manage and also use the energy smartly. It gives you the opportunity to see where and when you are consuming energy. Also, a more accurate settlement which could lead to better tariff rates… something nobody would say no to, agreed?
Now you (hopefully) have a little more understanding of P272 here is how to prepare:
Learn if your portfolio is affected.
Speak to your supplier, they will be more than happy to explore your options with you.
Select your Half-Hourly Meter and Data Collector.
If your business has a maximum demand electricity supply categorised by profile classes:
05 06 07 08
And you have an Automated Meter Reading meter of which is capable of HH data collection and remote programming. Just to let you know… 160,000 sites are affected so it is definitely worth double, maybe even triple checking!
“How do I check?!” I hear you say? Simple… you just check the S number at the top of your electricity bill to find out your sites profile class.
Believe it or not, P272 can be very beneficial for you and here’s why:
You receive accurate billing
It offers you the ability to avoid peak times of electricity use
It gives you an insight on your energy usage
It allows you to make room for an opportunity of improvement and efficiency
This is an OFGEM regulation affecting ALL maximum demand meters and ALL electricity suppliers equally. If you’re being advised P272 does not affect your business, please let us double check this for you.
A Russian rocket blasted into space this month to investigate whether any methane gas is present on Mars, as part of the joint ExoMars project created by the European and Russian space agencies.
Methane is a gas created by living microbes, and if it were to be detected it would be a revelation in the space industry as it could prove that life exists or existed on the red planet, some 225 million kilometres away from the Earth (which is itself something of a shock, given that in 2003 Mars was a mere 56 million kms away).
We already know there is life-giving water on Mars. Just like the Earth it has ice caps, although the water they contain is more elusive. The American space agency NASA made a huge discovery in 2006 when it found there was water flowing through the planet in even the hottest months of the year, and that the ‘lines’ that appear on our satellite images of Mars are streaks of flowing salt water.
That’s when the questions ‘did life exist on Mars, and can we find out?’ really started to arise.
The ExoMars project involves sending up a Trace Gas Orbiter to sniff the Martian atmosphere for methane, and if the results are positive then this would establish that methane has been generated via geology or a biological process.
As part of the same mission, a stationary lander called Schiaparelli will test the technology for a subsequent mission – ExoMars 2018 – which will see a UK-built rover collect soil samples filled with water particles and drill below the planet’s surface to look for other signs of life. That’s when the search for Martian life will start in earnest.
These two projects combined will cost an eye-watering £900 million but isn’t it worth it for the chance to make one of the biggest discoveries of all time? What a time to be alive!
Planetary scientist Dr Peter Grindrod, from Birkbeck, University of London, who is funded by the UK Space Agency, certainly thinks so. “It’s incredibly exciting,” he enthused. “This is a series of missions that’s trying to address one of the fundamental questions in science: is there life anywhere else besides the Earth? Finding that life exists elsewhere in the solar system would be a huge discovery, so the evidence has to be strong. As they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing to find out if there really is Life On Mars, or if there has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think there could be more than just us Earthlings in our solar system!