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  • EDF Energy
  • Octopus energy
  • Opus Energy
  • Scottish Power

... and many more

Why Switch Business Energy Suppliers? 

It has never been easier to compare business energy suppliers. Despite the turbulent energy market, business owners have switched their mindsets to energy efficiency and finding business energy deals at manageable costs before the wholesale market increases. 

Many businesses overpay for their business energy as it is very easy to just accept the renewal offer that comes through the post. Despite rising prices, it is always a good idea to compare business energy prices against your renewal quote. 

On average, our business energy customers save up to £1,067 on their renewal with Energy Helpline. 

We have built strong commercial partnerships with some of the most recognisable and trusted business energy suppliers in the UK. This means that when you compare business energy suppliers with us, you can switch with confidence. 

Switch business energy contracts in just 60 seconds. 

Get A Business Energy Quote In Minutes

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Enter your business address and smart data will find your gas and electricity meter details.

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View business energy prices online and select your deal.

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If you decide to switch, we take care of all the hard work.

How Much Does Business Energy Cost? 

As every business is unique, getting a true picture of how much your business energy bills should be is quite difficult. Business energy suppliers will charge different rates based on a variety of factors including location, consumption levels and even industry. 

However, every quarter the UK Government release averages for business gas and electricity prices by size in the UK. Here are the latest figures available from Q2 of 2022.

Business Size 

Gas Prices per kWh 

Electricity Prices per kWh 

Very Small

7.30p

21.78p

Small

4.38p

20.31p

Medium

4.09p

17.74p

Large

4.21p

16.61p

Very Large

4.83p

17.52p

Considerations When Switch Business Energy Supplier 

Switching business energy is different from domestic switches. This means that business energy suppliers do not offer dual fuel deals. UK companies must switch their gas and electricity separately - there are several benefits to this but it does mean extra admin and renewal dates to remember. Remember - switching business energy suppliers with Energy Helpline eliminates the admin as we'll handle the entire process for you. 

Many of our customers switch their gas and electricity at the same time and fix the rates for the same number of years. This is a way to streamline the process to make things a little easier - we also take care of all the admin on the business’s behalf when they switch through our comparison service. 

Our expert energy team will keep you updated on the progress of your switch via our online tracker. Ready to compare business energy prices? Click here to start saving today.

How Are Business Energy Prices Calculated? 

Understanding how the market operates can help you secure better business energy rates. The main indicator of a great time to switch is when wholesale energy prices dip. However, this isn't the only time that securing your energy bills is a good idea. 

If the energy market is seeing rising prices, it can be a good idea to fix business energy prices to avoid any further increases. This is create for outgoing stability and predicability so your business can focus on more important things. 

Many factors play into how business energy prices are calculated, and it isn't only based on the wholesale market. You could pay a cheaper business energy tariff if you have lower annual consumption, you're located in a certain area and different meter types can pay lower rates. 

A business operating mostly in the evenings and weekends may benefit from Economy 7 & 10 meters - whilst larger companies may require a half-hourly meter if they have a peak load electricity usage of 100kw and above. 

Before committing to a long-term business energy contract it’s worth taking some time to evaluate how and when your business uses its energy. 

What Business Energy Tariffs Are Available? 

Here are the main business energy tariffs widely available in the UK: 

Fixed-Rate Gas Tariff

A fixed-rate tariff is an agreed price you pay per kWh of gas used. These types of business energy tariffs do not mean you pay exactly what your quote comes back as annually - as the usage may change throughout the year. The amount you pay per unit of gas and electricity will remain fixed. Many companies prefer a fixed-rate tariff as they offer security and predictable outgoings that are friendly to budgeting activities. 

Variable-Rate Gas Tariff

Variable gas rates offer flexibility in times of higher wholesale gas prices. The price per unit of gas and electricity may regularly change. Many companies chose to stay on variable-rate tariffs until they can secure cheaper fixed rates to reduce business energy bills. 

No Standing Charge Tariff

On the surface, no standing charge tariffs look very attractive. In some circumstances, such as a seasonal business may benefit from this type of contract. However, an energy supplier often compensates for no standing charge with higher business energy rates. 

Deemed-Rate Gas Tariff

Deemed-rate gas tariffs operate on 28-day rolling terms. Customers are placed on this if a new business gas contract has not been agreed upon. These are often very expensive gas rates and ideally should be avoided. 

Green Business Gas Tariff

Many business owners are starting to take steps toward becoming more sustainable. The first step for many businesses is to opt for a green energy tariff. Some companies may be able to benefit from reduced CCL (Climate Change Levy) rates if they are more carbon friendly.

Managing Your Business Energy Costs

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Secure gas and electricity prices up to 12 months before your business energy contract ends. This protects your business from wholesale energy price fluctuations.  

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Ensuring you’re on the correct energy tariffs can save you £100s. If your fixed-rate contract ends, business energy suppliers will place you on expensive out-of-contract rates.

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Auditing your business energy use ensures that your commercial energy bill isn’t more than it should be. An audit can assess everything that affects energy usage and efficiency.

Our expert energy team will keep you updated on the progress of your switch via our online tracker. Ready to compare business energy rates? Click here to start saving today. 

Business Energy For Large Businesses 

Large business energy customers have access to tailored tariffs to meet the needs of higher demand. It can be difficult to reduce business energy bills in a larger organisation, so it is important to obtain a structured tariff bespoke to your business. 

We have a team dedicated to finding bespoke business energy tariffs to meet commercial needs and creating structured data and analysis to help your company become more energy efficient. 

Why Switch With Energy Helpline? 

Our mission is to help our customers save as much money as possible on their business energy and other utilities. We understand that rising energy costs cause many problems for growing businesses and it has never been more important to ensure you’re never overpaying for your business energy.

We only work with trusted business energy suppliers so that when your switch your gas and electricity supply with us, you know things will go smoothly and you can continue to operate your business without worrying about the switching process. Our comparison tool is free to use and our costs are built into the energy tariffs.

Once you switch business energy suppliers with us, we will make sure you’re never paying more than you should be again. Our expert energy team will be in touch when your renewal window opens to help you find another great deal - taking away all the admin of business utility management. 

Our expert energy team will keep you updated on the progress of your switch via our online tracker. Ready to compare business energy suppliers? Click here to start saving today.

FAQs

  • Why compare business energy

    Energy rates are always changing. And there are many reasons why. Aside from the usual rise in wholesale prices - often driven by an increase in demand - higher transportation costs, unrest in oil-rich countries, and even a particularly cold UK winter can all contribute to sudden price hikes.

    The only way to protect your business against these rate rises is to sign up to a fixed rate energy deal. This means your rates will locked in for the duration of the deal, regardless of how much prices increase across the market.

    And the only way to make sure your business is on the best deal is to compare deals from a range of suppliers. But business energy comparison can be time-consuming, as you need to ring around each to get individual quotes for gas and electricity.

    That's why it makes sense to switch with Energy Helpline. Our energy experts take all the hassle out of business energy comparison by quickly comparing what's on offer from a range of trusted UK suppliers.

    To see how much you could save, provide your postcode at the top and we'll use smart data to find your energy details then

    Why should I switch business energy with Energy Helpline?

    • We use smart tech and human expertise to get you great deals - We cut the time it takes to compare energy by using smart data to match your business with the best deals. When you've chosen the quote you like, we'll handle the switch to save you time and hassle.
    • We use a vetted panel of trusted UK energy suppliers - We only work with suppliers that offer great rates alongside superb customer service, to make sure you get value for money and complete peace of mind.
    • We have a UK-based customer service team - We know business owners are always busy. That's why our energy experts are available outside of 'normal' office hours to answer any questions you might have before, during and after the switch.

    We've helped hundreds of business owners save time and money that can be put straight back into their business. And we want to do the same for you. Check out our 'Excellent' reviews on Trustpilot.

  • How switching business energy works

    1. Tell us your business address online and we use smart data to find your meter details.
    2. On a short call, one of our UK-based experts will present the best deals for your business.
    3. When you choose your energy deal, we'll take care of the rest and update you along the way.

    What do I need to switch my business energy supplier?

    When you switch business energy with Energy Helpline, we only need your postcode and business name to get started.

    With your permission, we use smart data to find the name of your current supplier and meter numbers.

    It helps if you can give us an idea of how much energy you use - by giving us either of your monthly or annual usage or spend - and let us know whether you're currently out of contract. But don't worry, we can still compare rates even if you don't have this information to hand.

    Once you've seen the quotes and chosen the deal you like best, we'll take care of the switch for you. We'll even look after your renewals to make sure you never overpay for energy again.

    How does business energy differ from a home energy contract?

    Although it all comes from the same sources, and the same suppliers in some cases, there are many differences between the way business and domestic energy is sold. That's why switching business energy isn't quite as straightforward as switching home energy.

    Contract terms are one of the main differences between the two. While you're free to switch from a fixed rate domestic energy at any time you like (subject to an early exit fee unless your deal is in its last 49 days), business energy deals don't offer this flexibility.

    Although you can start comparing business energy and sign up to a new deal as soon as your switching window opens (any time between one and six months before your contract's end date), the switch won't actually take place until your current deal ends.

    Tariff types are also very different. Whereas you can choose your home energy deal from a range of 'off the shelf' tariffs, business energy contracts are more bespoke. Although this means the comparison process is a bit more involved, it does mean that your energy deal should perfectly fit both the needs and budget of your business.

    This tailored service is the main reason why switching business energy can be a hassle, and the exact reason why you should leave business energy comparison to our team of experts.

    To find the best deal for your business, call us now on 01204 916 135 or give us your postcode and we'll give you a call back.

  • When can I switch business energy supplier?

    Commercial energy supplies generally come under a contract, which will automatically renew each year. If you want to change supplier, you need to give your current supplier a minimum of four weeks' notice. For more details see the ‘What do I need to do to change supplier?’ section below. However, if you are new to the premises then you won't automatically be placed in a contract, so you are free to find a new contract when you wish. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible because most suppliers charge high "out of contract" rates If you are not sure of your business energy contract status please contact our team and we can assist you

  • What do I need to do to change supplier?

    After you've spoken to us, the only thing you need to do is give termination notice to your current business energy supplier in writing, but don't worry - we've created templates of the letters – our energy advisor will assist you in the process. Giving sufficient termination notice will allow you to leave your contract. Then all you need to do is sign the contract with your new supplier, and we will do the rest.

  • What is a standing charge?

    A Standing Charge is a daily fee set by the supplier. This is separate to Unit Rate. Standing Charges have risen over the last few years, but are typically less than 60p per day.

  • What Is kWh (Kilowatt Hour)?

    kWh is a measurement which equates to how much energy you’re using. Energy suppliers will charge an amount of money for each kWh unit rate you use for both gas and electricity. 

     

    The price that energy suppliers charge depends on your contract and market conditions. For example, an energy supplier may charge 12p per kWh of electricity you use.

  • Can I get a dual fuel contract?

    Business energy suppliers do not offer dual fuel tariffs. However, you can have the same energy supplier for both gas and electricity to your premises but you will have separate contracts. 

  • How long does It take to switch business energy?

    Once you have chosen a gas and electricity tariff best suited to you and have started the switching process, it will take around 4 to 6 weeks until your new contract goes live (unless you’re locking in future prices before your contract end date). You will need to switch your gas and electricity separately. 

    Our expert energy team will keep you updated on the progress of your switch via our online tracker. Ready to compare business energy quotes? Click here to start saving today.