Whether you use it to keep your staff and customers warm in the winter, to wash your dishes or power your stoves, gas can make up a significant portion of your business’s outgoings each month. It’s all too easy to end up paying more than you should for your company’s gas needs, just by not knowing the full details of your gas contract and what alternatives are available.
The best way to save money on your business gas bills is to take a look at your energy contract, know when it’s coming to an end, compare different gas quotes and switch to a different tariff or supplier once you find a better deal.
Switching gas supplier is quite straightforward, but it can be a time-consuming process. This is because you have to contact each business energy supplier separately to get individual, bespoke quotes.
Negotiation plays an important role in securing a good business energy deal, so suppliers don’t always publish all their rates on business gas comparison sites. But don’t let this put you off - from a financial standpoint, the benefit of switching supplier far outweighs the effort involved. This is especially true if you’ve inadvertently found yourself on uncompetitive ‘rollover’, ‘deemed’ or ‘out of contract’ rates, which can happen easily in the hectic commercial world.
You can compare commercial gas tariffs and switch to a new deal in just a few simple steps:
And that’s all there is to it. All that’s left to do is just wait for your new supply to take effect.
Usually, switching business gas supplier is swift and problem-free. But, sometimes you switch may get rejected. There’s usually a simple explanation for this, such as if you owe an outstanding debt to your old supplier.
While comparison sites can help you to benchmark prices, gathering and analysing quotes from different gas business suppliers takes time. As a general rule, you should aim to compare quotes for at least 10 business energy companies to be sure your company is getting the best deal on the market.
This is where an expert business energy broker can help. We can do the legwork by gathering and comparing energy quotes from a whole range of gas suppliers for business on your company’s behalf.
You can still switch your commercial gas supply if it comes via an independent gas transporter (IGT) rather than the National Grid. But, the switch process may take slightly longer.
Most homes and business premises have their gas supplied by a ‘gas distribution network’ (GDN), but that network doesn’t quite reach some (typically rural) places. Those properties that aren’t covered by the GDN have gas delivered into their homes or businesses by an IGT. This includes around a million properties in the UK. Because IGTs are few and far between, standing charges are usually more expensive – which means your overall tariff may cost more.
If your supply comes via an IGT then bear in mind that the quotes you receive won’t include any extra IGT charges, and they’ll need to be added on top of the tariff price you see. Some of the larger gas suppliers will absorb those additional standing charges, but it’s important to check before you sign on the dotted line.
Switching gas suppliers for business takes an average of about four to six weeks. The process can be delayed if you haven’t given new supplier all the details they need to complete the switch, or if your business is still under contract with an existing supplier.
It’s also worth noting that there can be expensive fees to leave a contract before the expiry date, so make sure the savings on your new contract justify any penalties you might incur. If you’re not sure who supplies your business gas, try to find a recent bill or speak to the previous occupier of your premises.
At GasPrices.co.uk, we can take care of the whole switching process for you, from gathering energy quotes from a wide range of gas suppliers to negotiating a great deal. Our team’s expert knowledge means we’re best placed to advise you on the tariffs and suppliers that will match your business’s specific needs. We’ll also handle all the paperwork involved, meaning you can get back to what matters the most, running your business.
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