When looking to reduce your businesses’ overheads, switching energy suppliers is one of the easiest and perhaps most effective methods. It can also help to install a business gas meter, especially if your commercial property has an old meter fitted, which may not accurately record your gas use.
A new meter will allow you to more easily monitor your energy usage, and as a result have more control over how much you consume, as it will help you work out how you can be more energy efficient. A business meter can also be a great way to install an energy-friendly ethos among your workforce.
If you don’t know where your business gas meter is installed and you don’t provide your supplier with regular meter readings, there’s a good chance you’ll be paying too much for your monthly gas bills. This is because unless you are supplying your energy supplier with accurate readings every month, your bills will only be estimates – meaning they may in fact be much more than you actually use. Even if it turns out you're underpaying for your energy, your supplier will get wise to it eventually and you could find your business ends up heavily in debt to them.
If you have an old meter installed, it may be providing inaccurate readings which, again, could see you under or overpaying each month.
A new gas meter installation will give you accurate readings anytime you want at the touch of a button – eliminating the hassle of having to contact your energy supplier each month. So, if you are looking to take better control of your energy consumption and bills, a new business gas meter might just be what you are looking for.
If you are looking for a new business gas meter to be installed at your premises, or you need a new gas meter installation because you’re moving into new premises, you can easily request one from your supplier. Often requiring some basic information regarding your business, the premises and average consumption, a new meter can be installed quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
Such information includes your property’s Meter Point Reference Number (MPR/MPRN). This number is unique to the property and enables energy suppliers to quickly gain details about the location and type of supply currently connected there.
If you are unsure of your MPR number, or whether it even has one, you can contact the National Grid and request one for your property. Where your new business gas meter will be installed, such as internally or externally, will depend on various factors. This includes the layout of your premises and the positioning of your gas supply.
When it comes to commercial gas meter installation, there are various things you need to be aware of – the most obvious being the total new gas meter installation cost.
In addition, you will need to know what your maximum gas requirement is – the total amount of gas that appliances in your business could use in one hour. If you are unsure of this, you can request advice by the National Grid, or have a CORGI-registered engineer check your appliances.
Service pressure is another area that you will need to be aware or, with high pressure services often being more expensive than low or medium requirements.