In order to run a successful business it is important to be aware of every single expenditure, and to constantly seek ways to reduce your costs wherever possible. Business gas prices are still on the rise, which is leading to an increasingly competitive marketplace for suppliers.
This means that businesses have the opportunity to shop around, compare gas companies and ensure that they are getting the best possible deal. Follow these simple tips to make sure your business is not paying any more than it has to for gas.
You may wish to make use of a comparison website to get you started, but then do a little digging of your own to make sure there aren’t any other suppliers who haven’t been included in your search results. Be wary of comparison sites that charge a fee for their services or have a vested interest in a particular energy supplier. You may also wish to consider using an energy supply broker or consultant who specialises in commercial gas supply contracts and energy procurement. Their services may be able to help save you both time and money shopping around multiple business gas suppliers faster and easier. Some brokers may charge you an upfront fee or commission built into the supply contract (usually up to 0.3 per kilowatt hour), so you may wish to consider the option of going direct to a gas supplier which may be cheaper overall.
There are a variety of energy tariffs available to meet the specific needs of business customers, so do your homework and make sure you’ve opted for the most appropriate package. Remember that separating your utilities bills can be more cost effective than getting everything from the same company, so it’s worth investing the extra time that this might take. Far larger users of gas, there may be the option of opting for a flexible gas supply agreement rather than a fixed price deal.
When you are weighing up the differences between tariffs it is helpful to come armed with the facts of your business. Make use of your gas meter to monitor your usage at different times of year, particularly if your business has seasonal trends in activity. Knowing exactly what you need can help you to argue for the best possible deal from your gas company.
Here at 1Gas we provide a range of gas services including fitting gas meters in pubs, restaurants and other commercial properties. To find out more about how we could play a part in reducing your gas bills, call us on 0800 644 0688 or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.