How Business Energy Tariffs Can Make You Cheaper

Who are the largest business energy providers?

The Big Six energy providers together offer the majority of UK energy supplies. British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power, and SSE each provide energy to small businesses. But in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of smaller, private energy providers who provide either commercial or domestic energy, or both.

When looking at your current bill it may be difficult to work out where the differences come from, particularly if you have seen increases in prices across the board. If you are an individual then there are ways that you can make savings on your business energy tariffs and these usually involve choosing an accountancy service with one of the suppliers rather than dealing directly with the supplier. Some suppliers will offer accountancy services in addition to their regular gas and electricity contracts.

advantages to using a specialist supplier

There are advantages to using a specialist supplier, for example when it comes to gas and electricity bills you may find that your supplier is not the cheapest in town. A professional Gas Safe consultant will be able to search the gas and electricity markets to find you the best deals. They will also check which gas and electricity contracts are the most competitive and whether you could switch to a better energy supplier at a later date. However, as with all business energy tariffs there are benefits as well as disadvantages. For example, when choosing a gas and electricity supplier it is important that you choose one that offers competitive prices, has a good track record and that has a website that is easy to use and understand.

One of the main advantages of choosing an accountancy service when it comes to business energy tariffs is that these usually include maintenance and ventilation services. The customer pays a fee to be a part of the gas and electrical panel charge, and when they sign this contract the company should put these services on the account. When it comes to ventilation services the customer pays a fixed monthly amount and will be charged at the end of the contract; they are not included in the domestic customers vat. If you have two or more gas appliances and domestic customers, it may be worth looking into whether you can split the bill between the appliances, as you can often get a discount when signing a longer agreement with a company.

business energy tariffs

Electricity is another area of business energy tariffs that can be confusing. Your supplier is likely to put these on a gas and electricity meter; both these items are measured in kilowatt hours. The amount of energy used by each of these appliances can vary, so it’s essential that you know how much energy you are using before you start asking for a discount. On the other hand, standard domestic tariffs do not include any form of climate change adaptation costs such as carbon allowances. Before starting work on your new home you should check if the provider offers any such protections, otherwise you may find that your bills go up in line with the cost of carbon.

There are other areas of business energy tariffs that are slightly easier to understand. For example, if you use less than one unit of heating and cooling in your property, you will pay less to your supplier. Similarly, if you use dual fuel in your home, you may still pay less to your supplier, but bear in mind that in some cases this can make the energy cheaper in the short term. However, if you use a cheaper form of energy in your home, but you would like to switch to a more expensive form, bear in mind that in many cases you will still have to pay the higher price until the gap is closed.

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