In a busy office environment, minimising the cost of gas and electricity can seem like a challenge.
Energy use in offices can often be more than expected, which pushes gas and electricity bills higher. With electrical equipment to run – not to mention heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer – it might seem as if your bills are beyond your control.
However, if you’re looking to cut down the amount you've been paying for your office gas and electricity, one of the most significant steps you can take is to switch to a better energy deal. This will ensure you’re not paying over the odds for the energy you’re using, enabling you to minimise your energy expenditure and put the money you’re saving to better use.
To secure an energy contract that suits your usage needs and offers you a fair rate for your gas or electricity, it’s best to compare prices from different suppliers. This can be a time consuming process, but an energy broker can make it quick and easy to save you time, money and hassle.
There are a few factors which will determine the energy rates suppliers will offer you:
If you decide to change your energy supplier, you need to make note of your existing contract end date. Typically, you’re required to inform your current supplier of your intention to switch at least three months in advance of the end date. This will ensure that you are not automatically placed on your supplier’s more expensive standard rates when you current deal expires.
The majority of costs displayed on your bill are based on your office's energy usage – but there are also charges for government-imposed taxes and operational costs that your energy provider will charge. Your energy bill will typically include the following costs:
In addition to switching your supplier, there are a number of other changes you could implement in your office to help reduce the amount of energy you use. Consider some of the following office energy saving tips:
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