Having the right meter for your business energy needs means you can accurately monitor your usage which can help you stay in control of your bills.
Unless you’ve got a Smart meter or half-hourly (HH) meter then you’ll need to take regular readings to ensure your supplier charges you correctly – helping you avoid over paying or being hit by hefty bills later because you’ve underpaid.
The great thing about business energy contracts, is that they’re tailored to meet your exact requirements, and the getting the right meter for your business will depend on how much electricity you much you use and when you use it. If the meter you have isn’t right for your business, then it’s always worth looking at alternatives.
Having the wrong type of electricity meter can have a big impact on your energy bills, so here’s how to ensure you don’t pay more than you need for your business energy.
Some of the main types of meter available include:
Arranging an electric meter installation is relatively straightforward – just follow these four simple steps:
If you’ve moved to new premises, it’s worth finding out what the KVA (kilo volt amperes) of the current supply is. The KVA represents the amount of electricity you can draw from the National Grid at any time – the higher the KVA, the more energy you’re taking which increases the amount you pay. So, if the previous tenants were high energy users they may have had the KVA increased to meet their needs in which case you should ask for it to be lowered. On the other hand, if you run a business that consumes a lot of electricity you might need to raise the KVA.
If you are running a high energy use business, then you’ll probably also need to check your electricity runs on something called a ‘three-phase supply’ which ensures your provision is constant. If your business is a regular energy user then you’ll only need a single-phase supply. You can check both the KVA and type of supply you have with your provider.
Electricity meter installation cost comes down to what you agree with your new provider and it can be worth your while to negotiate.
It can take a few weeks to organise a new meter installation so if you’re moving to a new building, you should aim to start the process at least a month beforehand. You should also bear in mind that you or a member of staff will need to be on the premises when the engineer comes to fit the meter or they may not be able to complete the work.
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