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- What business gas tariffs are available?
- What costs make up your business gas bill?
- How to compare business gas quotes
- How to get the best deal for your business
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Switching between commercial energy suppliers isn’t quite as straightforward setting up a new household energy tariff – you can’t, for instance, choose one from a range of predefined tariffs, as you would when switching home energy. Instead, you have to approach each supplier individually and request a quote. Each supplier will then assess your business, looking at things like your location and current consumption habits, and offer you a bespoke business gas quote based on this information.
On the one hand, this bespoke service means you’ll get a deal that perfectly fits the needs of your business, but because it’s unlikely that two businesses will ever have identical business gas contracts, it can be difficult to identify exactly which tariff best suits your needs.
To help give you a better understanding of how your tariff stacks up against the rest of the market, here are the most common gas tariffs offered to small and medium sized businesses:
- Fixed rate tariff - A fixed rate business gas tariff allows you to pre-agree unit rates with your supplier and pay these rates throughout the duration of the contract. These rates are usually competitive, but you should always run a business gas comparison before agreeing to any deal, to make sure you can’t get better rates elsewhere.
- Deemed rate tariff - Deemed rate tariffs work on 28-day rolling terms that come into effect if you fail to formally agree a new contract with your supplier before your current deal ends. Deemed rate contracts charge inflated rates, but you can switch from these more costly tariffs by giving just 28-days’ notice.
- Rolling Contract - A rolling contract ties you into a new, year-long contract on inflated rates. You can sometimes negotiate a new contract on blend and extend terms, which allows you to agree new lower rates by signing up to a new long term contract, but these new rates will still not be as competitive as others you could find elsewhere on the market. Rolling contracts aren’t as common as they used to be, as most suppliers now offer deemed rates instead, which is a much fairer price plan.
If you're currently on deemed rates, or a rollover contract, then you’re most likely paying well above average for the gas your business is using, and you should look to switch as soon as possible.
But don’t take valuable time out of your day to ring around suppliers, let us find a cheaper business gas quote and switch you to a better deal - call us today on 0800 188 4930 to speak with one of our team.
All manner of costs that go into making up your monthly energy bill, but when shopping around for a new business gas tariff, there are two charges you should pay particular attention to:
Unit cost – The price you pay for each unit of gas (measured in kWh) your business uses.
Standing charge - A daily charge that covers the maintenance of the national grid, and the cost of transporting gas direct to your business premises.
These are the two main costs that will make up your commercial gas bill, and so will make the biggest difference to the price you’ll pay for the gas your business uses.
The table below should give you an idea of how much businesses of a similar size to yours should be paying for gas, to give you a rough idea of how much you can expect.
|Business size||Unit cost||Standing charge|
|Micro business||4.1p - 4.5p per kWh||23p - 26pp per day|
|Small business||3.8p - 4.0p per kWh||21p - 22pp per day|
|Medium business||3.5p - 3.7p per kWh||18p - 20pp per day|
Even if you feel you’re getting prices for your business gas, there’s always the chance that there is a better deal on offer. But the terms of commercial energy contracts mean businesses are only allowed to switch once these contracts have entered a ‘renewal window’, which is usually six months before the deal is due to expire.
Once your energy deal enters its renewal window, your current supplier should send you a renewal offer, but these terms are rarely competitive, so it makes sense to run a business gas comparison to see if there are better rates are on offer.
You can compare gas electricity tariffs and switch to a new deal in just five simple steps:
- Step 1 – Approach suppliers for business gas quotes.
- Step 2 – Choose which business gas tariff will best suits your needs.
- Step 3 – Apply for the new business gas contract with the new supplier.
- Step 4 – Inform your previous supplier of the switch.
- Step 5 – Wait for your new business gas supply to take effect.
If your switch gets rejected, it could be for any number of reasons, but the most common explanation is that you owe money to your current supplier. If you get turned down, contact your supplier as soon as possible to resolve the issue.
All being well, once you’ve informed all parties of the switch, the rest is handled by the suppliers themselves, so you shouldn’t experience any break in your supply.
There is one snag though - the only way to make absolutely sure you’re on the best deal is to go through the same process with each and every supplier. That’s why it makes sense to let a business energy broker do the hard work for you. One simple phone call to uswitchforbusiness.com is all it takes to give our team all the information they need to run a range of business gas quotes on your behalf.
Our team’s expert knowledge of the commercial energy market means they can then advise you on which tariff best suits the needs of your business, and assist in the switching process by providing all of the information and documents you need.
To find out more about how we can help make the switching process even easier for your business, call us today on 0800 188 4930.
One of the trickiest parts of finding a better business gas quote is fully understanding the needs of your business and working out which deal is going to be the best fit. You might assume the cheapest gas tariff is the best deal for your business, but while getting a cheaper deal will no doubt be your top priority, if your supplier is unreliable, or has poor customer service, it could end up costing you more in the long run.
To make sure you’re on the best deal with the best supplier for you, check out our business energy suppliers’ page to find out what you can expect from each supplier and help you make a more informed switching decision.
It’s important to make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of paying too much for your business gas. Get the ball rolling today, call us on 0800 188 4930 to switch and start saving.