DCP228 and Business Electricity
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Business gas rates vary depending on a variety of different factors such as whether you are in a contract, if you’ve rolled over or if you are renewing with your current supplier.
These rates are applied to customers who have gone past their current contract end date and not accepted their renewal prices or switched to another provider. If a business gas contract hasn’t been renewed, the supplier will charge out of contract rates, which are usually much higher than the business gas rates under a new contract.
If you’ve just moved into new business premises, you are likely on deemed rates. This type of contract applies when a business uses the current business gas supplier of new premises. If you’ve only just moved in you won’t be in a contract with anyone – you won’t have agreed to switch to a different supplier so you will be on ‘deemed rates’, so-called because you are ‘deemed’ to have automatically taken a contract with the current provider.
Business energy contracts are usually for a period of between one and three years. You should always keep track of when your contract is due to end because you may have a certain period of time in which you can switch to another tariff or provider. This switching window can be anything from 120 days before your contract end date to just 30 days before the end of the contract.
During this renewal period, you should receive a renewal letter which will tell you what your renewal prices will be. If you don’t do anything at this point then you could end up rolling over.
You may think that this is much easier and saves you time searching for new prices. But by simply rolling over into another contract with the same supplier, you could be wasting thousands of pounds a year. Often renewal rates are much higher than rates you could get by switching to another business gas provider, sometimes as much as 80% higher.
SwitchMyBusiness.com can help you find better renewal rates and, if you switch business gas suppliers with us, we’ll remind you when your contract is due for renewal. Even if you’re not yet a SwitchMyBusiness.com customer, tell us your renewal date and we’ll remind you when your contract is due for renewal and offer a free no-obligation business gas comparison.
If you haven’t compared business gas suppliers in a while, you might be surprised at how cheap business gas tariffs are. Some SMEs find that it is cheaper to pay a termination fee and change business gas supplier. Finding the best business gas is not always simple, though: commercial gas rates can depend on factors including location, consumption and contract length.
Our dedicated business gas experts can guide you through the minefield of commercial gas tariffs in just 20 minutes. We do all the hard work, including communicating with business energy suppliers so you can get on with running your company.
Our dedicated page has lots more information about business gas.
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