Falling temperatures, rising energy prices – are you paying the minimum amount possible?
The heat is on: Cold temperatures and rising energy prices should prompt business owners into action
The New Year cold snap has kicked in and we're starting to feel
the bite of what some forecasters are predicting will be the
coldest winter in 100 years. It also happens to be a winter in
which there seems to have been a new story in the papers about the
rising price of energy virtually every day.
EDF Energy's price hikes came into effect in December, while
E.ON announced that they would be following suit this month and
increasing prices by 8.7%.
E.ON's announcement completed the set of energy price hikes from
Six' companies - but apparently the misery for UK homes and
businesses does not stop there. In the aftermath of the news from
E.ON, the treasury warned that bills are likely to rise again this
year - and what's more there's every chance that the rise in prices
will be at a "bigger than normal" rate. That prediction comes from
the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, Robert
Just before Christmas, the government's Department of Energy
& Climate Change published its quarterly update on business
energy prices, which stated that the year-on-year increase in gas prices for smaller
business in 2012 was 17%. It was 9% for business
So, let's look at the facts. It's cold outside. The heating is
going on more regularly and the dial on the thermostat is set high.
Energy companies are charging more and more for gas and
electricity. In short, people are using more energy and paying more
for each unit used.
But here's the kicker: some people pay much less per unit for
their energy than others.
These people are the switchers.
Switchers understand that their engagement will stimulate
competition in the market and, ultimately, lead them to the best
prices for their energy supply
Squeezing the competition
Switchers recognise that there is still competition in a market
that's dominated by six companies - and that these companies, and
other smaller suppliers, really want their business. Switchers
understand that their engagement will stimulate this competition
and, ultimately, lead them to the best prices for their energy
For domestic switchers the saving they make goes straight into
their back pocket - while for commercial switchers it goes straight
onto their profit figure. From there, it may end up in the
switcher's back pocket - but it can also be reinvested into the
business to fund future growth.
For businesses, there's all the more reason to switch. This is
not only because their consumption is likely to be much, much
higher than a household's, but because most are on 'evergreen' or
fixed-term contracts that roll over onto assumed rates when they
come to an end. This results in prices that are often up to 30%
higher than they were during the contract term.
Once a switcher, always a switcher
Doing nothing almost always costs businesses money they don't
need to spend, whereas taking action is almost always rewarded -
often very handsomely.
Our free service removes the hassle from the switching process
because we assess your current billing situation and search the
whole of the market to find the best solution. After that, we take
care of the administration and leave you to get on with the more
enjoyable and rewarding aspects of running a business. When the
contract we set up comes to an end, we'll be proactive about
getting in touch and repeating the process so that you never roll
over and end up paying too much for your business gas and
The chilly weather shouldn't fuel your inertia - instead, it
should snap you into action. If you run a business and you've never
switched your energy supplier before, this is the time to break the
habit of a lifetime and leave the group that pays the higher
Instead, join the switchers and maximise your profit figure.
Call Make It Cheaper on
0800 970 0077 or request a call back from one of our money saving
experts by filling in the form on this page.