With UK gas and Electricity prices continuing to be at an all time high, now is definitely a great time to think about switching your commercial gas supplier. Business clients in particular can see a substantial drop in their monthly gas and Electricity bills simply by shopping around.
Here are some tips on finding the right supplier for your business.
It’s worth remembering that just because a supplier offers you competitive prices does not mean that they are the cheapest around. In order to get the cheapest deals, compare prices between different suppliers to see which supplier offers the best overall value. Look out for gas and Electricity prices, and compare the level of energy and reliability of the gas and Electricity suppliers as well. A good gauge to use for getting a feel for how dependable a supplier is to ask your regular supplier to gauge your current gas and Electricity bills. Then compare those with the suppliers you have short listed to see if there are any noticeable differences.
Find out from your existing utility company whether they are able to offer any other deals to your business. Many utility companies can offer you a discount when changing over to a new provider, so if your current supplier is unable to offer you a cheaper rate, then perhaps switching to a new commercial gas supplier would be better for you. Be wary of special offers from new energy providers, such as ‘bargain’ deals that seem too good to be true, as these may only be a marketing gimmick to get you to switch.
increase your commercial gas and Electricity reliability
It may be worth considering paying a small amount extra to your existing energy supplier to increase your commercial gas and Electricity reliability. If you do have to pay an extra premium for this, however, it could save you money on both energy costs and utility bill bills in the long-term. Your supplier may be able to offer a better deal than competitors, and also offers better customer services, so it might be worth seeing if you can ask your existing supplier to waive any ongoing fees for energy monitoring and safety. Find out if your commercial gas and Electricity supplier offers a ‘favourite tariffs’ policy, this is a deal which your supplier offers to its customers that they know will continue to be popular with customers for a period of time. You can also request that your current supplier offer ‘bundle deals’, these are deals for two separate types of energy, gas and Electricity, which can often save you more money than just switching over completely.
When looking for a new commercial supplier for gas and Electricity, make sure you check their pricing, making sure they offer the cheapest rates available in your area. Also check how flexible their rates are, especially in light of recent news concerning rising fuel prices. Also check how much notice they give you for changes to your tariff, making sure they can offer you a fair and realistic time frame. See how much notice they give you for future changes to your usage patterns, as if they do not offer you enough notice then you may be at a big disadvantage when it comes to renewing your contract in the future.
One of the key things in deciding on a commercial gas supplier is the amount of electricity and gas which they supply. If you are looking for a large amount of electricity and gas supplies, then a gas supplier may be better suited to your needs than an electricity supplier, however it is essential to check your contract terms as some contracts can contain stipulations regarding the amount of gas and electricity that can be supplied, and these can vary considerably between suppliers. It is also worth asking your prospective supplier how many years of gas and electricity they currently supply. The longer the time frame, the more flexible are their pricing and tariff structures. You will also want to compare their prices with those of their competition, if they are more competitive, or with other gas and Electricity suppliers who may be slightly less expensive.