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Businesses that don’t regularly compare and switch their energy providers will end up paying far higher tariffs, as they’re trapped into rollover contracts. These top tips should help you compare commercial electricity suppliers and find a deal that’s perfect for your business.

The energy contract you have for your commercial premises is set up differently than with domestic properties. This means that you’ll pay a different rate for the electricity being used for your business. If you haven’t switched suppliers recently, your bills will most likely be higher than they should. If this relates to your situation, we’ve got your back.

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I want to switch my commercial electricity supplier

Bright Utilities has the know-how and expertise to help you, as a hard-working business owner, switch suppliers and save on your commercial electricity bill with ease. 

All that you have to do is provide us with a few details to set your switch in motion. We’ll take over from there and do the rest on your behalf. 

Some of the information that we’ll need to do the work that we do include your current supplier’s name and your electricity usage figures. If you are able to get this information to hand ahead of your application, it will speed things up in the long run, and we can see you switching and saving in no time!

Our utility experts will scour the market to advise you on the best deal for you. Once you give us the go-ahead, we will then secure that deal for you and oversee it from start to finish, until you are happy that the process was smooth and successful.

Keep reading for a comprehensive overview of commercial electricity in the UK, and how to switch through us.

Kilowatt hours explained

Electricity rates are measured in Kilowatt Hours (kWh), which means the amount of time it takes an appliance to use 1 kilowatt. For example, a 1,000 watt appliance would equate to 1 kWh, whereas a 500 watt appliance would equate to 2 kWh, and a 250 watt would equate to 4 kWh, and so on. 

It is often thought that it is the amount of Kilowatts used per hour by a premises. This is not the case so be careful not to get mixed up.

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Types of businesses and their Commercial electricity costs

A business is classified with relation to how many employees work for it. The statistics below show the average usage and rates for each sized business over the past year:

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In recent years, there has been a rise in commercial electricity prices due to a number of well-reported environmental and economic factors. This includes the pandemic, which has seen energy demands soar worldwide. When temperatures plummeted, we used up much electricity, resulting in the supply dwindling faster than the demands were being met. As well as this, the relatively still weather over the past year has resulted in wind turbines generating less power than previous figures in the past. 

This is just a few of many occurrences that have resulted in an increase in the price cap by Ofgem, meaning that suppliers are officially allowed to charge more for their energy. 

As suppliers continue to increase their rates off the back of this, it would be an especially wise time for business owners to assess their commercial electricity bills, and seek to cut costs where they can.

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Can I get commercial electricity if I run my business from home?

The only typical circumstances where you could get commercial electricity as a home worker is if over half of your electricity usage is for your business. In saying this, it is worth looking at the suppliers market to see if any offer commercial electricity at a lower percentage of usage.

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Switch commercial electricity suppliers with Bright Utilities!

Most businesses are renewing their electricity contracts without even comparing the commercial services market, which is resulting in them missing out on thousands of pounds in savings when they choose the right commercial energy supplier.

We understand that time is precious, which is why we’ve created our quick and easy online business comparison website, to help you compare the best commercial energy services on the market.

This offers a straightforward solution to acquiring the cheapest and most competitive quotes available today.

Securing the most cost-effective electricity contract for your business can be far from straightforward. Due to the numerous additional charges recently introduced and the various length of the contracts available, using an energy broker can alleviate these issues. Especially one which has established a long-term relationship with a wide range of suppliers, meaning they can provide a range of options and offer expert advice on the contract most suited to you.

If your current electricity supplier has given you a high-priced renewal, get in touch with Bright Utilities before going ahead. Having an experienced broker in your corner could help you negotiate a much better business electricity deal. We will also handle every last detail of your commercial electricity supplier switch, from all the paperwork to negotiating with electricity suppliers. The whole aim is to save your business money and get the best energy deal for your business electricity.

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Does commercial electricity cost more than home electricity?

Again, it all relates to many circumstances such as the ones mentioned above. Larger businesses will tend to spend less per kWh than households. This is because the magnitude of power that they use means that its wholesale price is reduced.  

On the other hand, some micro & small businesses may pay more for their electricity than a domestic household, depending on the supplier and their energy infrastructure. One other notable point is that a business has no cap on their commercial electricity bill, whereas a household has a cap on their domestic household bill.

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Commercial electricity comparison pricing?

Business rates are quite simple to work out. This is because all you need to do is input a few details into your commercial electricity comparison. Some of the main determiners of energy cost for businesses include how big your business is, and how much energy you consume on average. Businesses with a meter will inevitably receive a more tailored quote, however the process is generally easy. And there are a few general figures that point to how much you can expect to pay.

Looking at government figures for business energy in 2020, it’s possible to work out a roughly average cost of 12.74 p/kWh. Of course, that figure is a generalisation, and taking a closer look at the numbers reveals how business size impacts the cost of energy. A business considered “very small” could expect to pay 16.53 p/kWh, while a “small” company should be around 14.54 p/kWh, and “small/medium” 13.69 p/kWh. Bigger businesses classed as “large” average at 11.24 p/kWh, “very large" 9.95 p/kWh, and “extra large” at 10.64 p/kWh.

When you compare commercial electricity, the size of your business is crucial, as it determines how much electricity you’ll use. Commercial electricity is (usually) cheaper than domestic because businesses use more, and contracts are longer. There are some regional variations to look out for, too.

Why you should compare commercial electricity?

Energy providers invariably save their best prices for new customers. That’s true of both private and commercial energy, and it isn’t something that’s likely to change soon. It makes a degree of sense. Energy companies want to entice new customers onto their tariffs, and do so with attractive deals and low prices. Once signed, those contracts then roll over and renew automatically, year on year. Since the majority of businesses don’t make regular switches, energy companies are safe to increase their prices. Existing customers don’t compare, don’t switch, and see incremental increases in their bills year in, year out.

For this reason, it is essential to compare commercial electricity every time your contract nears its end. Comparison is the single best way to save money. A commercial electricity comparison can save you hundreds of pounds, as you’ll be able to switch onto a new customer tariff with a different provider. This is especially important if you’ve moved to new business premises but haven’t signed an energy contract with a supplier. If that’s the case, then you’re likely on a “deemed contract,” which can be up to 80% more expensive. Running a price comparison is important all the time, but it’s vital if you’ve just moved to a new location.

Does commercial electricity cost more than home electricity?

Again, it all relates to many circumstances such as the ones mentioned above. Larger businesses will tend to spend less per kWh than households. This is because the sheer magnitude of power that they use means that its wholesale price is reduced.  

On the other hand, some micro & small businesses may pay more for their electricity than a domestic household, depending on the supplier and their energy infrastructure. One other notable point is that a business has no cap on their commercial electricity bill, whereas a household has a cap on their domestic household bill.

What do I expect when I get a new commercial electricity deal?

Your new supplier will handle much of the changeover once we oversee the agreement of the deal. 

Also bear in mind that a credit score check will take place on your business and finances. This is to ensure that you are a secure and reliable customer to the company, and to prevent any issues further into the deal. It is important to ensure that any overdue bills have been paid, as this could disrupt the deal. 

Unless you are switching to a different means of electricity use (such as more renewable energy options), there will be no need for any installation. So there won’t be any workers turning up to your premises disrupting the work! 

What do I do when switching?

Switching business electricity is slightly more complicated than domestic (largely because it can’t be done online), but using a quality comparison service like Bright Utilities keeps things simple. We ensure that switching is completely pain-free, and we even plant 10 trees after any switch!

The first step is to check the renewal date on your current contract. Remember that business contracts are often far longer than their domestic equivalents, and exiting a tariff early can incur excess fees. Before you start to compare commercial electricity, make sure you end your existing agreement. You can do this by phone or email, as long as you do so before the renewal date. Failure to do that means you won’t be able to switch, and you might unwittingly end up on a more expensive rollover contract.

With all of this taken care of, it’s time to look at switching. You can run a simple commercial electricity comparison using your postcode and some information about your business. At this point, there's one simple rule: shop around. 61% of UK businesses don’t follow that rule, and, between them, could have saved £1.8 billion.

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When you run your commercial electricity comparison, you’ll notice a range of tariffs on offer. Fixed rates are by far the most popular, as they guarantee the price of your energy regardless of fluctuations. As you might expect, variable-rate tariffs vary per month, but they can be useful if prices are currently high and you don’t want to commit. Green energy only tariffs are increasingly popular too. They’re environmentally responsible and aren’t necessarily any more expensive than other options.

Whatever tariff you choose, the golden rule still applies: shop around. Compare and contrast tariffs by their cost, length, and type until you’ve found the best deal for you.

Why would you switch your electricity supplier as a business owner?

Business owners tend to be very busy individuals. Juggling a million things at once means it is rare that they aren’t pre-occupied during the working day. Because of this, they often neglect to keep on top of their electricity bills, all the while their supplier is increasing costs and charging more than necessary. Owners tend to give the OK to contract renewals without really assessing the market to see if they could get cheaper rates elsewhere, when chances are - they can. 

When looking at the books and assessing finances, it is important to factor in your electricity bills as part of your outgoings to potentially reduce. If you do identify that you can save money by making a switch, then you would make valuable space in your budget for other costs. This would ultimately improve the turnover of the business, with no changes actually made to its overall mainframe.

Can I get commercial electricity if I run my business from home?

The only typical circumstances where you could get commercial electricity as a home worker is if over half of your electricity usage is for your business. In saying this, it is worth looking at the suppliers market to see if any offer commercial electricity at a lower percentage of usage.

I want to switch my commercial electricity supplier

Bright Utilities has the know-how and expertise to help you, as a hard-working business owner, switch suppliers and save on your electricity with ease. 

All that you have to do is provide us with a few details to set your switch in motion. We’ll take over from there and do the rest on your behalf. 

Some of the information that we’ll need to inform the work that we do include your current supplier’s name and your electricity usage figures. If you are able to get this information to hand ahead of your application, then it will speed everything up in the long run, and we can see you switching and saving in no time!

Our utility experts will scour the market to advise you on the most suitable deal to go for. Once you give us the go-ahead, we will then secure that deal for you and oversee it from start to finish, until you are happy that the process was a smooth and successful one.

Keep reading for a comprehensive overview of commercial electricity in the UK, and how to switch through us. 

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