It is important for every business to closely monitor its outgoings, to ensure money is not wasted unnecessarily. For example, if your business has been signed up to the same gas supplier for a while, you may find that you are paying more than you need to for your energy. However, switching business gas suppliers is not as simple as switching domestic suppliers and there are no dual fuel deals available.
Fortunately, it is possible to compare suppliers to find the best deal for your business gas. If you are looking to save money on your energy, this useful guide will tell you everything you need to know about comparing deals and switching gas suppliers.
If you are looking to reduce the cost of your business gas supply, there are many suppliers to choose from. Unlike domestic gas suppliers, there are no ready-made tariffs. Instead, suppliers will provide a tariff which is specific to your business, based on factors such as your location, the size of your premises and your estimated usage. This means no two businesses will be placed on the same tariff, as the supplier will base their rates on your own individual circumstances.
In many cases, it is possible to arrange a fixed rate gas tariff, with prices set for between one and five years. This is great if your business is looking to predict the costs of its bills and avoid market fluctuations. In contrast, most domestic gas supplies are only fixed for just 12 months. This means your business could negotiate a great rate for its gas supply today and protect itself from potential price rises for up to 5 years.
In some situations, businesses may need to have multiple meters installed, which are designed to monitor the usage across all business sites. For example, if your business is located across several premises or within a large industrial-sized area. To find out more about multi-site metering options, please contact our gas experts.
The majority of business gas suppliers offer both fixed and variable rate tariffs. There is no single tariff which is the best choice, instead, you will need to consider which is the best for your specific requirements.
A fixed-rate deal is ideal for businesses which are looking for help with budgeting, as the unit rate will be fixed for the duration of the contract. This means the price for each kWh of energy will remain the same, although your total bill will depend on the amount of gas your business uses.
In contrast, a variable rate contract offers unit rates which fluctuate according to the market. If wholesale prices for your gas supply decrease, your bills will decrease. However, if prices rise, your bills will rise. If your businesses finances can cope with the potential increase in price, you may find variable-rate contracts offer cheaper rates. Most fixed-rate tariffs are offered for a set period of time, with switching only available once your business enters the renewal window. However, variable-rate tariffs are more flexible, and most will allow your business to switch with just 30-days’ notice.
The majority of businesses are charged VAT at a rate of 20% on their gas bills. Although, not for profit businesses and charities may be eligible for a discounted VAT rate.
Alternatively, if your business has a usage below 4,397kWh each month, you may only be charged 5% VAT. If you think you may be eligible for a VAT reduction, you will need to complete a VAT declaration form and submit it to your supplier.
If you are looking to switch to a cheaper deal for your business gas, the first step is to compare the available tariffs. This is the only way you can be sure your business is signed up to the most competitive deal. Instead of spending hours scouring the market for individual quotes, it is possible to use our specialist energy comparison service. We have partnered with a panel of trusted gas suppliers, so you can quickly compare the options available to your business. Simply call our energy team or enter your details into our website form and we will find the best gas quotes for your business.
To speed up the process and improve the accuracy of quotes, it can help to have the following information to hand: 1) The name of the gas supplier you are currently signed up to 2) The name of your current tariff and the date it is due to end 3) The type of supply you receive 4) The average amount of gas your business uses
Once we have these details, we can provide you with a range of potential quotes, so you can start saving as soon as possible.
If you decide to proceed with one of the quotes, the whole switch should be complete within just six weeks. Although, this will depend on the time left on your current contract. In some cases, your switch may not be accepted by the new supplier. For example, if your business has a poor credit score or a history of not paying gas bills on time. If you think there may be an issue, please contact our team and we will work hard to find the best option for you. The new gas supplier will manage the whole switch and there will be no interruption to your supply. The gas supply from your new supplier will be delivered through the same network of pipes, so there is absolutely no disruption caused. All you need to do is provide a final meter reading on the day of the switch and pay the bill you receive from your current supplier. To find out more about switching to a more competitive business gas deal, or to start your commercial gas comparison, please contact our experienced energy team today.
For gas rates, your company will be put into a category determined by the size of your business. You’ll then pay monthly instalments that cover your estimated use. With gas rates for business, you can choose between being placed on a fixed or variable rate tariff. Take a look at how much gas your business should be using and how much you should be paying in standing charges and unit costs:
Average price per kWh 4.1-4.5p
Standing charge 23.0-26.0p
Average annual price £300-£700
Average price per kWh 3.8-4.0p
Standing charge 21.0-22.0p
Average annual price £800-£1400
Average price per kWh 3.5-3.7p
Standing charge 18.0-20.0p
Average annual price £1500-£2000
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