Although less businesses use gas as a primary source of energy this fuel and the contract associated with it still require business owners to check their contracts each year and find the cheapest gas prices available.
Your commercial gas is likely to be used for heating your premises perhaps through gas stoves or fires or perhaps you have a kitchen unit and use it for cooking.
Unfortunately the majority of small and medium sized businesses don't even check their contracts each year. They are then at the mercy of business gas providers who will increase their prices through roll over contracts.
If you don't renegotiate your gas tariff then it will be automatically be renewed on higher rates.
These rates could be 200% or more and will be fixed by your supplier for another 12 months. By comparing rates before your contract renews and switching tariffs you'll receive the best prices available for your fixed priced and fixed term tariff. This is easy to do as detailed below.
The best way to lower your gas rates in your organisation is to get an online quote.
You can use specialist energy brokers who will search the whole market on your behalf, use a price comparison service or simply do it yourself.
The brokers and comparison sites don't quite work in the same way as they do for domestic energy as most of the prices for business gas tariffs are not published so it's difficult for these services for work.
In fact all most of them do is what you would do and enter your business postcode together with your annual consumption or invoice data into each of the energy companies websites and see what the rates proposed are.
They usually don't take a fee to do this but you may as well be in total control of your bills and do it yourself as it's only going to take a few minutes of your time. As well as gas you may also want to get a quote for business electricity prices at the same time to reduce your bills.
You can also opt for various management tools to control your ongoing consumption as well as unit prices. If you are a large user then we offer free software services.
Use the following advice guides for further information on your gas supplies :
If you are unhappy with your current gas provider, or simply want to reduce your costs, getting quotes and switching your supplier is fast and easy. Here are your options:
The last option will take the longest time and does not allow the buying leverage that some brokers have.
In all cases changing your contract is entirely your decision.
Once you have a tariff that is right for your company it's either time to sign up to the new contract if it's the same supplier you already have or switch to a new supplier. All of this can be undertaken online now so just select the company you want and then leave it in their hands to switch.
The supply is the same and provided by the national grid so you want get cut off and the switching process is undertaken by the new supplier. They will send you a new contract to sign and then you will be on the new rates in a matter of weeks.
Getting a better tariff is one method to lower your costs for gas for your business but saving energy is another.
Although there are fewer methods to check your consumption you can certainly communicate the benefits of lowering thermostats a few degrees to lower heating costs and ensure that supplies are turned off when they are not needed.
Even in small businesses this can save perhaps 10% each year but in larger commercial organisations this can add up to many thousands of pounds in saved energy over a longer period of time.
If you combine checking rates and prices with lowering the consumption you use your business gas bills will reduce and improve your profits in the longer term.