When it comes to finding gas utility suppliers, it’s important to secure the best deal for your commercial needs. But, apart from searching for the cheapest deal, there are many other perks and benefits available if you know where to look. Too often, people become complacent and don’t switch their gas and electric bills to new suppliers. Not only could you be paying over the odds but this isn’t the most effective way of running your business.
So, are you getting the most from your commercial gas supplier? If you haven’t reviewed it in a while then the answer is probably no. Luckily, we’ve put together this useful blog to help you understand the best commercial energy deals for you. From key features to look out for to knowing the best time to switch, we’ve got it covered! Read on for all you need to know.
When should you switch suppliers?
It’s good practice to start thinking about switching energy suppliers before your contract is up for renewal. Leave a couple of weeks free so you can search for the best deals or hire a professional commercial expert who can take this on for you.
Always take note of your usage habits and see if your rates have been fluctuating so you have a good understanding of how you’ve got on with your current supplier. As you come to the end of your contract, you may be able to negotiate a better deal with your current provider, but according to Money Supermarket, more often than not it’s worthwhile shopping around.
On average, it takes around four to six weeks to switch commercial energy suppliers but this can vary. To speed the process along, make sure you have all of your relevant information available so nothing is delayed. Although switching suppliers at the end of your contract is usually best, you can switch part way through your contract. However, it is very likely that you will need to pay an exit fee so always bear this in mind.
How much does business gas and electricity cost?
If you feel like you’re not getting the most from your current utility suppliers, don’t be afraid to look elsewhere. Every supplier will have different rates in place, but generally speaking, the same factors will be used to calculate your quote so your offer will be bespoke to your energy habits and requirements.
A business energy supplier will decide which rates you qualify for based on the following factors:
- How much energy your commercial firm uses monthly and annually.
- The credit rating of your business. Although you can still secure great deals, having a good credit rating will open up more doors to lower rates so bear this in mind.
- The size of your business, for example, are you looking for a supplier for one commercial place or multiple?
- The postcode you operate in
- Business type (sole trader, limited company etc)
- Type of meter you have (NHH, HH, NDM, Daily Meter, AMR/Smart Meter etc)
- The cost of your energy will also depend on the type of contract you take out and they can broadly be divided into four categories: rollover, fixed-term, deemed rate and flex
What should you look for when choosing a commercial gas supplier?
Compared to domestic energy, businesses generally consume more energy so it’s more important than ever to consider every option. Commercial utility suppliers can often be expensive but that’s not the only factor you should think about or may end up on an unsuitable policy for your firm’s circumstances.
Here are some things that you should look out for when choosing a commercial gas supplier:
Fixed prices and deals
The last thing you want is an unexpected price increase halfway through the year. If your current supplier does not offer fixed prices and deals then this is something to consider when switching. As a business, having control of how much you are paying will help you stay financially stable and plan your annual output.
At The Energy Desk, we offer SME Fixed Price Energy Plans to protect your business from unexpected energy price increases and guarantee you a low fixed rate for the full term of the energy supply contract. We’ll help you to lock prices in when the energy market is low so you can secure the best deal. Contact us today for more information.
Did you know that flexible pricing is an option for your utility bills? If you want to be protected from volatile energy markets, flexible schemes allow you to trade, fix and sell energy to spread the risk of energy purchasing. Furthermore, there may also be an option to buy your energy strategically such as splitting into months, quarters or seasons. These deals are typically for larger firms who want to minimise the risk of buying multiple-years’ worth of energy.
Why work with a commercial gas specialist?
Finding the right utility suppliers for your business is an important yet often stressful task. One solution is to hire a commercial gas team who knows the area inside out and can find the best deals for your needs.
Here are some of the top reasons why using a commercial gas specialist could be best:
There are plenty of options out there when it comes to organising your gas and electric bills, however, it can also feel like a minefield. By relying on a commercial gas expert, they will use the best approach for your finding the right suppliers based on your requirements. There are more factors to consider when it comes to commercial gas so professional advice is always going to put you in the best position.
Working with utility suppliers means they have access to exclusive deals. Since these companies have strong relationships with many suppliers, they can arrange bespoke deals that are not accessible on the market. As a trusted partner, a specialised commercial gas team will consider your needs and use their connections to find the best prices available as well as added perks.
The Energy Desk: Commercial Gas Services For Your Business
At The Energy Desk, we’re on hand to help you find the best commercial utility suppliers available. We arrange gas contracts for companies of all sizes. No matter whether you’re a small to medium enterprise, corporate business or have numerous sites across the country, TED can help you save money on your gas.
If you’re looking for a better deal for your gas and electric bills and don’t know where to start, our team is committed to sourcing the best commercial energy deal for you. When you work with us, you’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager who will advise you on everything you need to know about commercial gas deals such as the best time to purchase gas through careful analysis of the market trends.
If you’re passionate about the environment, you’ll also be pleased to know that among our 15 suppliers, we work with green suppliers to secure eco-friendly tariffs for our clients. Get in touch with us today for more information.