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Keen to keep your business gas and electricity costs as low as possible? If so, avoiding out-of-contract rates and deemed rates is essential. Here we explain what they are and how you can keep them from driving up your gas and electricity bills.
Out-of-contract rates are the default rates you pay for your business energy when you do not have a formal contract with your supplier. You’ll find yourself paying these rates if:
• Your current contract ends and you haven’t arranged a new one with your existing energy provider or any other provider.
• You’re in the process of switching your energy provider but delays have resulted in a gap between the end of one contract and the beginning of another.
Out-of-contract rates are considerably more expensive than typical market rates. In fact, they can cost you more than twice as much as contracted rates.
If you want to avoid this type of expense, you need to be aware of when your current energy agreement ends so you can make the necessary arrangements well in advance of this date. Happy with your current supplier? Have a chat with them about the best deals they can offer you if you renew with them. If you’d like to switch to a new supplier, it’s advisable to do your shopping around a few months before the end of your contract. The switching process takes time, so you need to have your switch arranged at least 30 days before that end date.
A deemed contract usually comes into place when you move into new business premises and begin to consume energy without having entered into a formal contract. In this case, you’re ‘deemed’ to have entered into an agreement with the previous occupant’s energy supplier and will be charged default deemed rates. While these are higher than formal contract tariff rates, they’re not quite as high as out-of-contract rates.
In most cases, you can avoid paying deemed rates altogether by arranging a new energy contract before your change of premises. If you’re moving from one business address to another, discussing your options with your existing energy supplier can be helpful – you may be able to carry over your current deal to the new premises.
If for any reason you’re unable to arrange a contract before the move, make sure you arrange one as soon as you’ve moved in. The longer you wait, the more money you’ll waste on deemed rates! Fortunately, you are not tied to a deemed contract the way you would be to a formal one – you can terminate it at any time (without a fee) and you’re free to switch to another supplier if you wish to do so.
If your current energy agreement is coming to an end or your business is changing location, you can always discuss your options with SwitchMyBusiness.com. We can help you find the best deals and ensure a smooth transition from your current tariff to the next one. You can call us on 0800 411 8830, or begin comparing tariffs using our free online energy comparison tool.
an absolute disappointment
"I have been using switch my business for many years re the business energy deal. Normally one of the team member would contact me about 2 months before the contract terminated and look for another deal. Last year it was done by James Bainbrigge for a 1 year deal. This year I have not heard from anyone and therefore started to contact James by email and also leaving messages on his phone. After many unsuccessful attempts, I called the 0800 and 0808 numbers. I have done so more than a dozen times. Each time I was left on hold for up to ten minutes and then got cut off. I also email to sales team and received no response. In desperation I contacted customer service team twice by email, received the acknowledgment email and nothing further. My contract is running out this Saturday and therefore at the beginning of this week, I sent in a quotation. No one has contacted me to date. I cannot do anything more than what I have done. What a shamble!!!"This review was posted by anthony on the 03rd of June 2021
Kay was extremely helpful and…
"Kay was extremely helpful and efficient, in terms of both advice and setting up our account. Would recommend 100%."This review was posted by customer on the 24th of November 2020
After Scottish Power changed our…
"After Scottish Power changed our business rates half way through the contract we were in set up by Switch My Business, we spoke to Natalja and she helped us sort this issue. Unfortunately, Scottish Power wouldn't play ball and were not agreeing to let us out the contract. Natalja worked extremely hard to sort this out for us and even put a claim in with them for the out of contract rates they put us on as one advisor at Scottish Power said they would refund the difference then another said they would not, along with plenty of other issues and broken promises along the way. It was a long and pretty painful process but Natalja did not give up and we have won the claim against Scottish Power. Very happy with the service Natalja provided."This review was posted by Sara on the 19th of November 2020
Prompt & efficient service from Stephen…
"Prompt & efficient service from Stephen who really went into all the details in a very short period of time. I would definitely use SMB again. Thank you Stephen!"This review was posted by Jackie on the 18th of November 2020
"Dealt with Bhavni, she was also extremely helpful, patient and dealt with my case in a very professional way. Answered all my questions promptly and got the best rate for our business. Highly recommended!"This review was posted by S. Amin on the 17th of November 2020