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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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13 May

Understanding Your Commercial Energy Prices

by D-ENERGi
 

When it comes to understanding your commercial energy prices, then a firm’s electricity and gas bills are not always the easiest to understand.

Not only does a business owner need to appreciate the layout and terminology, but there are also various figures and abbreviations to appreciate.

This means that, understandably, most business owners don’t try to work out their bills to see whether they can access cheaper commercial energy prices with a new supplier.

One issue is that businesses need to appreciate the total amount being paid over a year and they may have questions about why their commercial energy prices don’t appear to be falling.

Searching for a commercial energy quote

Part of the problem when searching for a commercial energy quote from a new provider is that they may offer a cheaper unit price – that’s the amount charged for the gas and electricity used by your firm.

However, they may charge much more than you currently pay for the standing charge, which is the amount paid to the National Grid for the supply of gas to your premises.

Since this isn’t a set fee, it does vary hugely between providers and it may help explain why your commercial energy bill never appears to reduce.

And there’s more to your bill than accessing cheaper unit rates so you will need to pay particular attention to the standing charge and other fees that may be incurred.

Reduce commercial energy overheads

In addition, all businesses can take steps to reduce their commercial energy overheads by reducing the amount of energy that they use on a daily basis.

There are simple steps that firms can take such as introducing newer and more efficient energy equipment, particularly for computers and printers, and also switching lightbulbs to energy efficient alternatives.

Indeed, upgrading your firm’s lighting could save a substantial amount every year, along with turning off lights when they are not being used and removing unnecessary lamps in areas that are brightly lit.

It may also make sense to introduce dimmer controls so employees can adjust brightness levels to suit their tastes.

It’s also possible to find a new supplier offering an energy consultancy to help a firm reduce its energy consumption levels so that they enjoy lower bills – and boost their ‘green’ credentials.

When it comes to understanding commercial energy prices and to avoid expensive standing charges, then you need to speak with a friendly team at D-Energi.