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Frequently Asked Business Utilities Questions
Did you know that the energy we use at home only accounts for a quarter of the total energy used in the UK? The remaining three-quarters is attributable to business energy and transport energy. Let's have a look at which sectors use the most energy, and which utilities sources they use.
How is energy measured?
To be able to compare business energy sectors effectively, we will use the 'KTOE' unit, which means 'kilotonne of oil equivalent'. All information comes from the Office of National Statistics in a report published in July 2018.
- Private offices – 3,539 ktoe
- Chemical manufacturing – 2,874 ktoe
- Hospitality – 2,458 ktoe
- Food products manufacturing – 2,242 ktoe
- Hospitals – 2,237 ktoe
- Non-metallic mineral manufacturing 1,924 ktoe
- Basic metals manufacturing – 1,489 ktoe
- Rubber and plastic manufacturing – 1,442 ktoe
- Small shops – 1,376 ktoe
- Paper products manufacturing – 1,297 ktoe
The results show that an abundance of small machines appears to be less energy efficient than the use of large, industrial machines. Private offices containing computers, photocopiers, network hubs, projectors and phones burn the most energy, whilst the manufacture of paper to stock these offices creates the least. The intensive heat required for chemical processing places it high in the list, whereas simpler industrial processes such as rubber weigh in at substantially lower energy rates.
Comparing business energy prices is time consuming. If you don’t have the correct contacts and knowledge, then arranging the best deal for your business is difficult. Searching online can lead to gathering generic offers that do not compare the most up to date energy prices. If the pricing is not tailored to your business, this can lead to later complications. We can compare live prices by speaking to our account managers, ensuring that you secure the best commercial energy deal.
Most of our customers tell us that time is a precious commodity and running their business provides challenges. Researching, negotiating and agreeing the best energy contracts with suppliers takes a lot of time and considerable effort. At Utility Bidder, the breadth and depth of our research means that we are combing every part of the supplier market for the most competitive prices and service. Our “Premier” status and strong relationships with supplier account managers provides us with access to bespoke energy offers and savings that might not be available otherwise.
Allow for more of your time to be spent concentrating on your business.
There are many third-party intermediaries in the market at the moment serving customers to gain the most competitive energy contracts. It can be hard to navigate through all the Broker or Consultant alternatives, however, at Utility Bidder we believe that our customers know best and their opinion of what we do is the most important. Trustpilot is an independent review platform where customers can share their experience and our current, incredible score of 9.5, puts us at the top percentile of satisfied customers within our market. Our Premier status demonstrates that our suppliers endorse our approach.
Business energy prices are continuously changing and generally with an upwards curve. When comparing to 2016, energy prices have risen around 15% across the board. Utilising an energy broker that has access to the best, live prices, will help you save money for your business. Finding the cheapest business energy deal can result in some companies signing contracts with suppliers that can cause them issues in future. Subsequently, the cheap offer no longer is cheap! Accessing a brokers knowledge of the sector will help ensure that your business energy is tied in safely.
Our business energy specialists can check your utility bill to see if your paying the correct amount and compare utility deals for you.
If you've been paying the incorrect amount, or out of contract rates for your energy, then our specialist consultants can potentially win you money back.
If your out of contract then you may wish to switch your commercial energy quickly. If your with a good supplier for your area, price depending, we may suggest that you renew with your current provider. However, there’s many different questions that could effect the decision on your next supplier. If switching your energy supplier is necessary then we will manage the whole process for you so you can concentrate on running your business.
Insulation is one of the best things you can do to lower your energy costs, and it's also something that businesses often ignore. Think about your business premises - when was the last time it was properly insulated? Is it definitely insulated at all? Do you even know? If you don't, that's a problem.
It may seem like a bit of an investment and a disruption to your daily business operations, but you will quickly make returns on your investment multiple times over in the form of lower heating bills. Heating a badly insulated building is basically throwing money away.
Not turning off equipment
Businesses waste untold amounts of electricity by not properly turning off their lights, computers, machinery, and other office equipment when not in use. You may think leaving your office workstations on standby overnight isn't a problem, but the reality is that it does cost you considerably.
Think hard about the normal practices in your lights left on in rooms that employees hardly ever use? Are Machines left on all day when they're used at most once or twice? It might seem like small fry, but the cumulative savings will always add up quickly.
Not using natural light
Just as green energy uses natural resources to develop energy, so too can you make the most of a natural resource to provide your lighting. This is especially useful if you're considering searching for new businesses premises, or you're in the process of designing or constructing one yourself.
There is also another benefit, in that natural light has been proven to lift the mood of employees. Sterile light from unnatural resources brings employee morale down, while making sure more natural light is available saves on light bulbs and electricity while encouraging happier staff who are able to work more efficiently. Chat to Utility Bidder today to see how we can help compare business utilities and find the best deal for you.
In the UK, there’s many business energy comparison websites to choose from. Many of these brokers / consultants use generic pricing - our bespoke pricing via direct relationships will ensure you receive the best quote for your business energy. If you already have a low price from another comparison website, then challenge us to beat it! If you have a renewal quote, then share this with us and we will give you £1,000 cash if we can’t beat it! We work with the UK’s top suppliers and take pride in our service.
Saving money heavily relies on your contract. You must be on a good rate that works around your businesses working hours and consumption requirements. Does your company use more energy at night than during the day? Making sure your on the right contract is the most important factor when saving money.
Aside from your contract, when looking to save money, you can consider a smart meter or put in place the more obvious recommendations; turning off lights and heating when they're not in use. Re wiring lighting circuits and installing voltage optimisation devices can help reduce your usage too.
If you have any questions on the above, contact our friendly consultants today.
Compare your business energy renewals today!
Business utility prices are rising, and if your not careful, you could be paying out of contract rates. Out of contract rates will increase the price that your paying for your energy.
Your renewal letter will be posted to you months before your contract for commercial energy is up for renewal, however, most utilities companies now allow you to compare new prices 12 months in advance of your contract coming to an end.
Once you get to 90 days within your new contract, it may be more difficult for your business to leave the current supplier.
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are a good example of a few of our 60,000 plus happy customers. Gain competitive advantage over your customers and switch business utilities with Utility Bidder today.
Share your renewal letter quote today and we guarantee to beat your business utilities renewal quote. Utility Bidder will take advantage of the leg work for you, searching the utilities market for the best deals and be on hand to assist you through out the process.
If you fill in our quick contact form here, or call us on 01858 439 338, one of our experts will give you a call within a few minutes. If you contact us after 5.30pm or on weekends, we will be sure to contact you the following morning, or at a time that suits you.
We work with both large businesses and small businesses, subsequently, we have regular clients that range from pubs and takeaways to care homes and factories / manufacturing. Our energy consultants have experience across all sectors and can advise you on today’s market conditions, suitable for your commercial premises.
Energy suppliers have different tariffs that are suited to different sized companies. It's imperative that you select the right tariff that's suited best for you.
What type of energy do businesses use?
The UK has three primary fuels and they are used as follows:
1. Solid fuels, bioenergy and petrol - 50%
2. Natural gas - 32%
3. Electricity - 18%
The amount and form of utilities energy that UK businesses consume has undergone dramatic changes since the 1970s. Although solid fuel remains the leading source of energy for both commercial use (as shown above) and also domestic use, natural gas usage is set to undergo a dramatic change as the UK strives to make reductions in its carbon emissions. In fact, natural gas usage has actually increased 3.2% in the last 12 months, representing the beginnings of this change.
However, as the UK population rises, so will the demand for energy, so although proportions can change, we can still expect an increase in energy usage overall. Not least as a reliable energy source is the foundation of British business and industry. So if your business is in need of a new energy contract, why not compare quotes on Utility Bidder to get the best deal.
If your business is out of contract, then your business energy will be on a variable rate. Subsequently, you will be paying a higher rate for your gas and electricity.
Renewing or switching to the correct provider will ensure you make the best available savings on your utility bills.
We understand that moving premises is stressful and time consuming. Switching your energy supplier is probably not at the top of your priority list.
This is a great opportunity for you to find the best deal. This is where Utility Bidder come in - we can handle the whole process for you, allowing you to move premises without worrying about your gas and electricity.
If your happy with your current supplier and would prefer to stay with them, we can help you with that too - we will speak with our account manager and negotiate the best deal for you.
Due to the continuous increasing prices of business energy, we suggest taking advantage of the 1 year renewal window and renewing early.
Most suppliers open their renewal window 6 months before the contract is due to end. But as mentioned above, with the majority of suppliers, this is a great opportunity to lock in the best energy deal 12 months earlier.
Signing a new contract early allows you to lock in the current price, potentially saving your company thousands of pounds on your energy bills.
Your contract end date will be located on your most recent gas or electricity bill. If you cannot find a bill then contact us and one of our energy consultants will run over a LOA (letter of authority) with you. This gives us access to find out the details of your supplier.
It's important that you don't allow your business to run out of contract because you will be moved on to a variable rate.
We experience many customers from a variety of businesses, that find themselves paying high variable rates. Utility Bidder consultants can speak with your supplier.
All businesses that use electricity meter profile classes 05 – 08 will be upgraded to a half-hourly meter. This will change the way you are billed for electricity usage and bring in some additional charges. Chat to our team for more information on this, or view our FAQ's regarding business electricity here. See more about P272 here.
The best business energy supplier will take your company on as an individual case. Whether its gas or electricity, or both, the best energy broker will find your company bespoke energy deals to suit. Utility rates are always changing and suppliers change their requirements. Having a good broker on board will ensure you save your business time and money.
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