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How to Switch Your Business Energy Supplier


The commercial energy market is more competitive than you may think, and the best deals are for switchers. By doing a little shopping around, you’re bound to find gas and electricity tariffs which could save your business a significant amount of money. However, many business owners know little about energy and how to switch supplier. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to tell you all you need to know about the switching process.

Know When Your Current Contract Ends

It’s important to know the terms of your current business energy contract before you try to switch over to a new one. More specifically, you need to know your contract end date and how long before that date you can tell your supplier you’d like to switch. If another provider tries to take over your energy supply too soon, your original supplier can reject the switch.

On the other hand, you don’t want to leave your switch too late either. If your current contract ends and you don’t have a new one lined up, you may be rolled over into a more expensive tariff or end up paying high out-of-contract rates. Having a switch organised in advance saves you from wasting money on these rates later on. Keep in mind that changing your supplier takes time, so you should arrange your switch at least 30 days before your current contract ends.

Check Your Meter

In order to find out how much money you could save by switching, you’ll need to have information about your business’s energy use and your meter to hand. Suppliers and price comparison services can only provide accurate quotes if you give them the unique registration number from the meter you’d like to switch. If you’d like to switch your electricity provider this will be your MPAN (meter point administration number) and if you’d like to switch your gas provider this will be your MPRN (meter point reference number). You’ll be able to find these numbers on your energy bills, along with information about how much energy you use, which you’ll also need.

Consider Your Requirements

Every business has different energy requirements and yours need to be taken into consideration when you’re looking for a new tariff. Take note of anything your new supplier should know. For example, does your business have multiple premises or a mix of meters? Does it operate outside typical working hours or does its energy use vary significantly throughout the year? Also think about whether there are any qualities that are important to you in a supplier (besides competitive prices!) Maybe you’re thinking of switching to green energy or maybe you’d just like a supplier with great online services?

Compare Suppliers and Tariffs

Once you’ve gathered all the information you need to get accurate energy quotes, it’s time to start shopping around. You can talk to individual suppliers directly to find out about their current deals, or you can let a switching service like SwitchMyBusiness.com gather quotes for you. Why not try out our free online quote tool? It’s obligation-free and easy to use; you simply fill in a few details about your business to find out how many energy tariffs could save your business money.

You can also call us any time to discuss anything you’re unsure about with one of our energy-switching experts. We’ll answer all your questions and take into account your specific set of requirements so we can tell you which suppliers and tariffs best fit your needs, meaning you don’t have to do the research.

Let Us Handle the Switch for You

We don’t just make it easy for you to compare energy prices – we make it easy for you to switch too. In fact, we’ll take care of the whole process. Once you’ve used our price comparison service and let us know which tariff you’d like to switch to, we’ll organise the transition for you, taking care of all the paperwork so you can get on with running your business. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way, making sure you’re kept in the loop without having to give up too much of your time. It’s the easiest way to switch your business energy supplier when you’re simply too busy to do it all yourself!

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