Getting a good deal on gas can make a big difference to your business’s bottom line, whether you run a single gas oven in a rural café, or own a chain of restaurants that are cooking on gas.
Our easy-to-read guide will outline everything you need to know to carry out a business gas price comparison online and switch to a better deal.
Business gas supply isn’t the same as domestic gas supply - rates and prices are calculated differently, so even if you regularly switch energy suppliers at home, you might still find the business energy switching process a little confusing.
It may help to simplify things if you think of your commercial gas account a bit like a smartphone contract - you set up your business energy contract for a set amount of time, and pay a certain amount of money each month until the contract ends.
One charge will be the standing charge, a set amount you pay no matter how much gas you use - think of this like the monthly charge for the smartphone itself. The other charge is the unit cost, which is the price you pay for the gas you use, and this will vary depending upon the amount you use each month – think of this like your data allowance, the more you use, the more you’re charged.
In order to work out how much you’ll pay each month, your supplier will estimate how much energy you'll need, based upon your business type and the size of its premises.
If you have a large business premises which needs multiple meters, or your business is located across a number of locations, you could save time and money by consolidating all of your energy supply into a single, multi-site package, with one supplier and one renewal date.
It’s vital your business ties into a cost-effective commercial energy deal, as paying a higher rate can add considerably to your overheads.
Switching to a better deal is probably the quickest and easiest way to make savings on your energy bills, but bear in mind there’s more to it than getting the best business gas rates, and you might want to switch to a supplier that offers better customer support, either online or over the phone, a specific type of tariff, or a green deal that fits with the ethos of your business.
Give our team a call on 0800 158 5296 to discuss exactly what you need from your next energy contract.
No matter how similar two businesses may seem, they’ll have different energy demands, so when you compare business gas prices, you’ll find there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ tariff options available.
Instead, your contract will be designed to meet the unique energy demands of your business, so it’s hard to say exactly how much your business could save without comparing business gas supply rates.
How much you pay, and how much you can save by switching, all depends on the size of your company, the size of its premises, the number of employees, and its overall energy efficiency.
Call our team now on 0800 158 5296 and get a business gas quote to find out exactly how much you could save.
A quick call to our business energy experts is all it takes to give us a few details about your business and its gas use, so we can find the cheapest business gas prices with a supplier that suits your needs.
The more accurate the information you give us, the more accurate prices we can quotes you, so grab your latest bill and make a note of the following:
- The name of your current gas supplier
- The name of your tariff, and its end date
- Your supply type
- How much gas your business uses
We’ll then show you a selection of tariffs from a range of providers. All you need to do is pick the most suitable option, and your new supplier will organise the switch with your existing provider.
The switch should take around six weeks, and there will be no disruption to your gas supply, not even on the day of the switch – although the company supplying your gas will change, the gas itself will still enter your premises via the existing pipes.
Once you’ve made the switch, you’ll need to take a meter reading on the day of the switchover, and your old supplier can then issue you with your final bill.
The Confused.com business energy team is here to help take the hassle out of commercial gas comparison, but there are a few things that are out of their hands. So before you compare gas prices for business online, be aware that:
- You can’t compare business gas prices until your existing energy deal has entered its ‘renewal window’, which is usually between one and six months before its end date. Your supplier will get in touch with the offer of a new deal during this window, and that’s when you should run a comparison to find a better deal.
- Your company is likely to be subject to a credit check.
- You'll have to give notice to your current supplier (if you have one). If you don't, you could be rolled over to a standard contract which is typically more expensive.
- If you're in debt with your current supplier, you could be refused to switch until that debt is cleared.
If you're still a little unsure what is involved with switching and what business gas is, check out these guides from Ofgem, the energy regulator.
Getting the Confused.com business energy experts on board takes all the hassle out of switching – just give us a few details about your business and its gas usage and we’ll search the market to find the best deal to suit your needs. We’ll search our gas providers, including British Gas, E.ON, npower and more. You’ll see all your available tariffs in one place, ranked as they should be – starting with the cheapest.
No matter how much gas your business uses, we could help you save money - give our team a call now on 0800 158 5296 to see how much you could save.