Business gas and electricity prices per kWh

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What is the average price businesses pay for their energy?

Is your business paying over the odds for its gas or electricity? Or are you looking for the cheapest business electricity or business gas deals? Find out how much businesses typically pay per kWh (or unit used) in our quick guide.

There are two main elements that make up the cost of business energy bills – a daily standing charge that you’ll pay regardless of how much energy you use, and a set cost for each unit (kWh) of gas or electricity you consume that is determined by your business gas or business electricity quote

The price you pay per unit will depend on your deal, which is why it's important to run a business gas and electricity price comparison to get a contract that properly suits your business’s energy needs. This will help to ensure that you’re not overpaying for the energy that your business uses.

Your standing charge has less of an impact on the overall cost of your business energy bills but is still worth noting – it won’t vary based on how much energy you use, but remains constant as it’s the cost you pay your supplier for transporting gas or electricity to your business.

As a guide to what you should be paying, here are the typical gas and electricity business rates we’re able to secure for businesses. If your supplier is charging you more, it’s time to give us call:

Average business electricity rates per kWh

Business size Annual usage (kWh) per kWh Standing charge per day Average annual bill
Microbusiness (e.g. church hall, domestic landlords) 5,000 - 15,000 12.5p 27p £1,349
Small business (e.g. estate agents, hairdressers) 15,000 - 30,000 11p 25p £2,566
Medium-sized business (e.g. pubs, cafes) 30,000 - 50,000 10.5p 22p £4,280

Average business gas rates per kWh

Business size Annual usage (kWh) Price per kWh Standing charge per day Average annual bill
Microbusiness (e.g. recruitment office) 5,000 - 15,000 4p 32p £516
Small business (e.g. retailers, garages) 15,000 - 30,000 3.8p 30p £965
Medium-sized business (e.g. pubs, cafes) 30,000 - 65,000 3.5p 28p £1,502

Source: Make It Cheaper 2015

How can I reduce the amount I pay per kWh?

The best way to reduce your business energy bills is to switch to a better deal to find cheap business electricity and gas rates.

If you’re not currently in an active contract, this means getting business energy prices from various suppliers to see who’ll offer you cheap business gas and business electricity rates. It’s important to do this quickly, as out of contract business electricity and business gas prices are invariably expensive and you’ll be paying well over the odds for your business electricity and gas supply.

If you are currently tied into a contract, you’ll need to check if you’re in a position to negotiate a new deal – failing to do so could mean that you find yourself on inflated rates when your existing contract ends.  

The best course of action is to check your latest energy bill to see when your notice period end date is. In advance of this date, you’ll need to compare business electricity deals & arrange a new deal to avoid paying more than necessary when your current contract expires.

Whichever situation you're in, we can help you get a deal with the best business electricity and gas rates for your business. Our saving experts can run a business energy comparison from a wide panel of suppliers, enabling you to choose a contract that offers cheap electricity for your business, while meeting it's needs.

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