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The Easy Guide to Reading Your Business Gas Meter

Why should I read my meter frequently?

Taking regular readings of your meter is a great way to stay on top of your gas bills. Your readings can help you check how much gas there is being used in your business, and identify where you could be saving money. Also, if your supplier doesn’t receive a reading of your meter, they will charge you for an estimated usage. This can be higher than your actual figures. Which is why learning how to read your gas meter is essential.

Read on to find out what types of gas meters there are, how to tell which one your business has, and most importantly – how to read them!

What types of business gas meters are there, and how do I read them?

Smart Gas Meters

  • Smart Gas Meters are the most popular meters in the modern day. They will constantly feed your usage information to your supplier. This in turn saves the need for you to provide proof of usage, or for a meter reader to call round your premises in order to take a manual reading. This will also ensure that all of your meter reading information will be up to date and accurate. So when you learn how to read your gas meter it is usually for your own personal benefit, and is not a requirement by the suppliers. Saying this, it is still beneficial to you if you conduct regular checks of your smart meter. In 2019, the government began distributing Smart Meters around the UK. Since this, most small businesses have been able to get a smart meter installed free of charge. Check your eligibility here.
  • How do I know if I have a Smart Gas Meter? The easiest way to tell if you have a smart meter is on the digital display that shows your Kilowatt hours, or kWh (more on kWh later) and pounds and pence that you have spent. If you do not have a smart meter, your business may be eligible for one. Find out more on the governments smart meter roll out.
  • How do I read my Smart Gas Meter?
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has a keypad, then press 9 until you see ‘VOLUME’ on the screen.
  • 2. As a result of this, your reading will then appear as a row of digits, such as 00042.3. It will then read M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would then be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has A & B buttons, turn on the display by pressing the red ‘A’ or black ‘B’.
  • 2. You should get your reading as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) straight away, possibly underneath ‘METER INDEX’.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has a left arrow, a circle and a right arrow, press the middle circle button.
  • 2. Along the top of the screen will read ‘current meter reading’.
  • 3. Your reading will then appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) and will say M3 at the bottom.
  • 4. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 5. As an example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has 3 square red buttons – they are sometimes labelled A B & C. If not: left, middle, right.
  • 2. Press ‘A’ or the left button.
  • 3. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 4. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 5. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has an orange arrow button and a blue arrow button, press the orange button.
  • 2. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has two white buttons side by side, press the button on the right. This sometimes is marked as ‘OK’.
  • 2. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.

Digital Gas Meters

  • Digital Gas Meters have a numerical display in which you take your reading. There are single rate and double rate meters. There are more numbers to read with a double rate meter, as it takes two different readings for different time frames (peak and off-peak). This is in comparison to a single rate meter reads from a single continuous time frame, with one set charge. Digital Gas Meters are still used widely around the UK.
  • How do I know if I have a Digital Gas Meter? A single rate Digital Gas Meter can look similar to a smart meter, so it’s best to contact your provider to make sure of your meter type. A double rate meter will usually have two reader displays, sometimes labelled ‘low/night’ and ‘normal/day’.
  • How do I read my Digital Gas Meter?
  • 1. If your business has a single rate Digital Gas Meter, your reading will display as a row of five digits (such as 29876).
  • 2. If there are any numbers in red, do not count these as a part of your reading.
  • 1. If your business has a double rate Digital Gas Meter, you will have two readings as two rows of five digits.
  • 2. If there are any numbers in red in either reading, do not count these as a part of it.
  • 1. If your business has a single display double rate Digital Gas Meter, you may need to press a button to show each reading.
  • 2. Make a note of each reading which consists of a row of five digits, as they appear.
  • 3. If there are any numbers in red in either reading, do not count these as a part of it.

Dial Gas Meter

  • Dial Gas Meters are an older yet still quite common type of meter in the UK. Reading a Dial Gas Meter is more of a complex process than some of the more modern meters that you get today. so learning how to read your gas meter, especially a dial gas meter is essential if you want to save yourself money. They are made up of a series of dials – which look like small clock faces that count from 0 to 9 – that when combined together give the overall reading.
  • How do I read my Dial Gas Meter?
  • Whatever number that the dial hand is pointing to, note down the numbers on the first five dial faces and put them together into a row of digits.
  • If the dial hand is in between 2 numbers, then you can read the lowest number of the two.
  • Bring the underlined number down by one if the dial is completely on the number. Then note this down and underline the number.
  • If you have underlined a number, and the number on the dial next to it is in between 9 and 0, then . So if you noted 3, bring it down to 2.
  • Any dials that are labelled as 1/10, do not count these as part of your reading.

Prepayment Gas Meters

  • Prepayment Gas Meters are a type of ‘pay as you go’ meter. You pre-pay for your gas on a gas card and keep topping it up as and when you need to. You can top up your gas prepayment card or fob at your local Payzone, Post Office, and some Off-Licences. Around 4 million UK businesses or households have a prepayment meter today. The older pre-payment meters sometimes come with a coin slot, where you put your money directly into it, but these are quite rare nowadays. The rate that you pay for gas on a pre payment meter usually costs more than other meters, as it increases the workload of the suppliers. While having a pre-payment meter is great way to keep on top of your gas and be in total control of it, other tariffs may be a better option if you wish to get the cheapest rates on your gas and save money.
  • How do you read your Gas Meter?
  • Your Prepayment Gas Meter should have two buttons labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’.
  • To begin, press ‘A’.
  • There are three settings to cycle through by pressing A each time to change the setting.
  • The first setting is the credit screen, which shows you how much credit there is available on your meter.
  • The second setting is the ‘OWED’ screen. In shortage emergencies, you are allowed to borrow up to £10 worth of gas. The ‘owed’ screen will update you on this if you activate emergency gas credit.
  • The third setting gives you your meter reading. It will display as a row of five digits (such as 29876).
  • If there are any numbers in red, do not count these as a part of your reading.
  • Further details on your gas credit card
  • Insert your gas credit card.
  • The meter will say ‘Please wait…’, you’ll hear a beep, and then it will give your gas credit card amount.
  • You will be able to work through various display screens with the following different functions:
  • Total General Debt
  • If you owe any debt on your gas, 30% of every top up will be taken to pay off this debt until it is fully completed. This function will tell you how much you owe.
  • Most recent meter top up
  • This will tell you the date of your last top up and how much you topped it up by.
  • Last amount that it took to repay emergency credit
  • This will tell you the date of your last emergency credit repayment and the amount you paid.
  • Card Reference Number
  • Current Time and Date
  • When removing your gas credit card, press and hold the ‘A’ until you hear another beep.

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How do I submit my meter reading once I’ve completed it?

With the exception of Smart Meters, if your business has any other type of meter, you will be required to submit its reading, therefore learning how to read your gas meter is essential. The first thing that you can do is make sure that your reading matches up to the estimated reading on your most recent gas bill. If they do not match up then you’re able to get a refund.

If everything seems to be accurate, then you can submit your reading in different ways depending on your supplier. You may be able to submit your reading through their website or app, or you may be able to do it over the phone. The supplier should make their methods of submission clear to you in recent bills or in your account online.

Understanding Kilowatt Hours (kWh)

A Kilowatt (kW) of gas is 1,000 watts of gas. A Kilowatt Hour (kWh) is the amount of time it takes your meter to reach 1,000 kilowatts. For example, if your meter uses 500 watts per hour, it will take two hours for it to reach 1,000 watts – or a kilowatt. That would mean that your meter would be on 2 kWh for that period of time. On average, a micro business uses 27 kWh per day, with a small business using 68 kWh a day, a medium business using 136 kWh a day, with a large business surpassing these figures as an open ended amount, depending on how large the business is.

What do I need to know when reading my gas bill?

There are various factors that are taken into account when it is decided how much you are charged on your business gas bill:

  • In the UK, there are 13 local gas distribution zones. Depending on which of these zones that you live in, you will be charged with relation to their daily billing reports.

  • Gas expands in the heat, and so the current temperature can relate to your bill. If the meter on your premises is outside, this could reduce your gas rate, as less gas will be used. Most suppliers use a basic temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, unless your meter is outside.

  • If your premises is at sea level, you will get more gas for your money. Another element that effects the expansion of gas is air pressure. This means that if you are at a lower altitude then you will benefit from this. Gas companies use an average height of 67.5m above sea level, unless of course you are lower.

How do I check if my Business Gas Meter is faulty?

It is the UK law for your meter to report its readings within a 2% accuracy range. So if your reading doesn’t seem correct, then we recommend getting in touch with your supplier who can come to fix or replace it. Whilst testing is free, some suppliers may charge for repair or replacement.

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Commercial Gas Suppliers, Rates and Costs

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Keeping on top of outgoings is one of the most time consuming yet essential tasks as a commercial business owner. It’s important to cut your costs wherever possible in order to free up capital. When it comes to your commercial gas supplier and your bill, this is no different.

There are a wide variety of tariffs available from different commercial gas suppliers. We’re here to explore these in relation to rates and costs for small to large businesses.

Small to large businesses costs

There are a variety of factors that decide your commercial gas rates. One main factor is the business bracket that you fall under. If you earn over £300,000 per year, you are classed as a large business. You can naturally expect to pay a higher gas rate due to the more complex requirements of a large business. You can expect to be charged around £3,139 per year, but it also depends on your gas consumption (measured in kWh). The £3,139 figure relates to a consumption rate of 75,000 kWh.

Small and medium businesses that earn under £300,000 a year (also known as SME’s) will pay less relating to their consumption. 15,000 kWh – 35,000 kWh tends to be around £706 – £1,551 per year.

Renewal windows

When your current gas bill is approaching the end of its deal, there is a period of time (usually between 6 months and a year) where you can negotiate your new gas bill agreement with suppliers that will begin once the current one runs out. During this period, your current commercial gas supplier will likely be in touch with a contract renewal offer.

An average of just 33% of small to medium businesses choose to change their suppliers during the renewal window. This means that a lot of owners could have missed out on saving on their business costs. It might initially seem like the right choice to stay with your commercial gas supplier for the sake of ease. But there is a good chance that you could really benefit from assessing the market during each renewal window. Current supplier rates are rarely competitive if you have been with them for a while. We recommend checking commercial gas rates twice a year to stay up to date with the market.

 

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Rates and tariffs

It’s important to assess your own personal situation to help identify where you can save money. When it comes to gas tariffs and their rates, there are some options which are better than others. The two most applied tariffs are a fixed rate tariff and a deemed rate tariff.

  • Fixed rate tariffs – This is likely the best tariff for your business. You pre-agree your rate and pay it over the full length of your contract. If you are not on a fixed rate tariff, we advise switching to one as soon as possible.
  • Deemed rate tariffs – You will likely end up in a deemed rate tariff if you do not make a new deal on your gas bill during the renewal period. This is a monthly rolling contract in which you pay inflated rates. The good news is that if you are in one of these contracts, you can switch at a month’s notice.

Unit costs and standing charges

Other cost related factors are your business location, premises size, your consumption levels (measured in kWh) and your type of gas meter.

This all falls under two costs that make up your overall gas bill. The unit cost is the first, which is the measurement of gas used in kWh. The second cost is the standing charge which is basically a maintenance charge for the service of providing your business with gas.

Compare commercial gas suppliers with Bright Utilities

Here at Bright Utilities, we have direct access to the top suppliers in the country. We are confident that we can pair you with the cheapest commercial gas supplier possible. Start a quote today, and one of our dedicated team members will be in touch to begin comparing the best gas deals on the market.

The world of commercial gas is constantly evolving. We will take a look at what you are currently paying, and aim to save you up to 45% on it. Consider us as an additional member of your team who has your financial reductions in our best interests. Compare commercial gas suppliers today! Learn more about how to save money on your gas bill here

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