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If you’re looking to cut your business’s monthly outgoings, then your business gas bill is a good place to start. It’s important to understand how your charges work, how you use gas, and what you can do to save energy. The best thing you can do to reduce your business gas bill is to make sure you’re on the best deal - here’s everything you need to know to make sure you’re not paying over the odds.
If your business uses a lot of gas, you may be able to negotiate better rates to help keep your bills down. But on the other hand, when you take into account a high demand for gas, rising wholesale costs, plus taxes and environmental levies, business gas bills can quickly mount up. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re on the best deal possible for your business gas needs - otherwise your overheads could easily get out of hand.
Lots of things can affect the amount you pay for your business gas, such as your consumption habits and the geographical location of your premises. But, this table should give you a rough guide to the average amount you can expect to pay.
|Business size||Average price (per kWh)||Standing charge (daily)|
|Micro business||4.1p - 4.5p||23p - 26p|
|Small business||3.8p - 4.0p||21p - 22p|
|Medium business||3.5p - 3.7p||18p - 20p|
When you’re shopping around for a new business gas tariff, the two charges to pay attention to are the unit rate - the amount you pay for each unit of gas you use - and the standing charge - which contributes to the cost of transporting to gas to your premises, and maintaining the National Grid.
Whilst it may be tempting to go for the cheapest prices, there are other important factors to take into consideration. Even if you’re on a cheap deal, if your supplier is unreliable or has poor customer service, it could end up costing you more in the long run.
That’s why it’s so important to understand your business’s needs, so you can work out which deal is going to be the best for you. This is where we come in - we’ll get a thorough understanding of what your business needs and help you find the best deal from the best supplier for you.
If your business operates from more than one premises, you might want to consider multi-site metering. This is when you have one supplier providing energy to all your business premises. It can make things simpler when it comes to billing, but there’s a chance that not all of your premises will be on the best deal for their specific location.
Alternatively, you could have a separate tariff for each individual premises. Whilst this makes your billing more complicated, it means you can find the best deal with the best rates for each individual site.
When it comes to shopping around for business gas, it’s not possible to compare deals online. So, you can either contact each supplier directly to check their rates, or you can use a business gas broker to do the legwork for you.
Business gas brokers are specialists, who will get to know your business’s energy needs and then compare rates from a range of suppliers to find the best deal for you. The broker can help you choose the best deal from the supplier best suited to meet your business’s needs. Plus, there’s no charge to you, as the broker will get paid by commission from the supplier you choose.
Review your business’s energy usage
Understanding how much gas your business uses, and how, is a good place to start. This can help you see where most of your gas is being used and identify areas where you may be wasting gas. An energy saving power meter can help smaller businesses to do this.
Set the right temperature
Turning down the thermostat by just one degree can help you to save on business gas bills – just make sure you keep temperatures to between 16°C - 19°C so everyone is comfortable. Using a timed thermostat can also help reduce heat wastage when the building is empty.
Block any draughts
Do a walk around your building and check doors and windows for draughts. Plug any gaps with simple draught excluders to stop heat escaping.
Don’t block heat sources
It’s important to make sure that radiators and heaters aren’t blocked by desks or other equipment. This can stop heat from making its way around rooms, causing you to use more gas than you really need to. Keep doors closed to regulate heat in commonly used areas.
Make sure your boilers are serviced regularly
Boilers need regular servicing to ensure they’re running as efficiently and safely as possible. Schedule a service for once a year to make sure everything is working as it should.
Taking these steps should help you reduce the amount of gas your business uses, and save you money. But they’re no match for the savings you can make by switching to a more competitive business gas deal.
To start saving on your business gas bills, call Make It Cheaper today on 0800 970 0077. Or, if you’d prefer, leave your details in the form at the top of the page and we’ll call you back.