Introduction To Gas Charges For Businesses

Prices for gas at businesses are not calculated in the same manner that domestic gas prices are. Depending on your gas consumption and the size of your company, the unit pricing of business gas may be cheaper than domestic gas. 

What are the factors that can affect the cost of your business gas?

There are a number of different factors that can impact the cost of your business gas. This includes the following:

• The type of contract you opt for – The benefits of both fixed and variable tariffs have been discussed, as well as their impact on cost.

• Bundled plans – A lot of energy companies will offer you a better deal if you decide to have a commercial electricity contract with them as well.

• Rollover contracts – You need to be wary of rollover contracts. You may be offered an enticing deal for the first year, yet you may end up being rolled over into a more costly rate the following year.

• Gas usage – The amount of gas you use will have a huge impact on your costs, of course. Needless to say, the higher your gas consumption, the higher your bill. Nevertheless, the cost per kWh will generally fall as usage increases.

• Maintenance and care plans – A lot of suppliers will incorporate care and maintenance of your gas system in their contract. It is important to check this to see how much it costs. 

• Gas flow availability – The availability of gas has an impact on the price. When supply outweighs demand, it falls into the consumers’ favor. Yet, when demand outweighs supply, the prices start to creep up.

• The weather – If your main reason for using gas is to heat your business premises, your bills will decrease during the warmer months. 

• Where the gas is stored – Prices will increase if a gas storage facility is closed for whatever reason. 

If your price has gone up, it could be because you need an HVAC replacement or boiler repair. So, make sure that there is not something fundamentally wrong before you opt to change supplier.

Choosing the best business gas supplier

When comparing business gas suppliers, there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself:

• Does the provider provide the tariff you want?

• What business gas rates have they quoted you?

• Could you find a cheaper equivalent plan elsewhere?

• What are their reviews like?

• Is a dual fuel plan available? (If you require electricity, of course) 

How to reduce business gas usage

We appreciate that finding ways to reduce gas consumption is something that can be at the back of every business owner’s mind. After all, you have so many other things on your plate. However, reducing business gas usage is something that will benefit your business in many different ways. Not only will it benefit the environment, but also it will help you nurture a reputation for CSR and reduce overhead costs. 

So, how can you reduce business gas usage?

• Encourage the right practices in the workplace. Make sure your employees turn off equipment properly at the end of the day, and ensure your workers know how important reducing business gas usage is. 

• Switch energy supplier. 

• Look out for energy-efficient ratings whenever buying new equipment. 

• Turn the heating down. 

• Get an energy audit.

What is green business gas?

A lot of businesses are switching to green gas. Green gas means using renewable resources, including the likes of wind energy, biomass energy, solar energy, and other resources. This is an environmentally friendly solution. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is better for your business too, as you will lower your energy utilisation and consequently your bills. 

Let’s take a look at the benefits for your business in further detail:

• You may be eligible for a subsidy

• Future-proofing

• Enhance your environmental credentials and boost your brand

• Stable energy costs

• Benefit from a more secure supply of energy

• The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme means you will be eligible for a reduction in allowances

• You will not have to pay duty under the CCL / Climate Change Levy

When looking for the best provider of green business gas, it is important to understand the tariffs that are available. Some companies provide 100 percent renewable gas to businesses. Other companies offer specific green gas tariffs. Compare these carefully when looking for a quote.