Compare business gas prices
Whether you’re a cafe or restaurant that needs to keep the pans boiling, a landlord or hotel who needs to keep the boiler going or a shop or office that needs to keep your staff warm, gas can be central to your bottom line. It’s all very well keeping your public liability and professional indemnity up to date, but if you haven’t got a great gas deal, you could be throwing money away.
If you’re looking for a better deal for your business gas or electricity (or both), it doesn't matter if your company is large or small, we can help you compare business gas prices to make sure you’re on the right tariff for your business.
Why should I switch business gas?
Switching your business gas supplier, could save money.
But, it’s not just about saving a few hundred pounds, you need to think about whether the deal you’ve currently got, gives you the service you want. Plus, there’s your business ethos to think about too – for example, would switching to a green energy provider be more in line with your values?
Will I save money by switching business gas?
How much it saves your business will depend on the nature of your enterprise. Many firms haven’t switched supplier, meaning lots of businesses could be parting with a lot more cash than they need to.
How does switching business gas work?
It’s very much like switching your own domestic supply. Your new supplier will liaise with your existing one and organise all the details of the switch. There’s no disruption to your supply and there’s no groundwork to be done because suppliers use the same pipes to deliver your gas.
Although your new and old supplier will do pretty much all of the legwork, you will need to do a few things; such as pay off outstanding bills, arrange for credit to be paid back to you and take a final meter reading.
If you’re leaving a fixed rate tariff early, then it’s also up to you to work out if you need to pay any exit fees. If you do, then you’ll need to weigh up those charges versus the savings you’ll make by switching.
Of course, to make the switch, you need to find the perfect quote and you can do that right here. It’s just a matter of answering a few questions – we’ll then search a range of tariffs to bring you ones that best match your business needs.
Can I switch if my business gas is supplied by independent gas transporter (IGT)?
Your commercial gas supply can still be switched if it comes via an IGT rather than the National Grid. However, it’s worth noting that switching may take slightly longer in these instances.
The majority of homes and business premises have their gas supplied by what’s known as a ‘gas distribution network’ (GDN) but that network doesn’t quite reach some (typically rural) places. Those properties that aren’t covered by the GDN have gas delivered into their homes or businesses by an IGT – which is around one million properties in the UK. Because IGTs are few and far between; standing charges are usually more expensive – which means your overall tariff may cost more.
If your supply comes via an IGT then bear in mind the quotes you receive, won’t include any extra IGT charges and they’ll need to be added on top of the tariff price you see. Some of the larger gas suppliers will absorb those additional standing charges, but it’s worth checking before you sign on the dotted line.
Will my gas meter need to be replaced as well?
If your meter is a standard one, then it won’t need to be changed. There should be no disruption to your gas supply even on the day of the switch. Regardless of who supplies your gas, it all comes through the same pipes and uses the same equipment, so nothing else will need to change.
What happens once I switch business gas?
Your new supplier will send details of when the changeover will take place, as well as provide other information such as agreed payment method and dates. It’s your responsibility to check that the details are correct.
Your old supplier will ask you for a meter reading on the day of the switch so that they can send an accurate final bill.
It’s worth noting that business customers aren’t usually eligible to a cooling off period (unlike domestic customers) so always make sure you’re 100% happy with your new tariff.
What rate of VAT should I be charged for my business gas?
Most businesses will pay the standard rate of 20% VAT for their gas. Discounts are available for some businesses and certain charitable organisations, so if this applies to yours, then it’s worth making sure you claim back what you’re entitled to.
If you don’t use much gas (less than 4,397kWh per month – you can find this on your bill) or you run a charity or not-for-profit organisation, then you could be eligible to a 15% reduction in VAT. If this sounds like your business, speak to your gas supplier and ask for a VAT declaration form.
How much do prices change for business gas?
Commercial gas prices can change quickly and in real time depending on several factors – wholesale price just being one of them. Other things that affect the cost of gas include supply and demand, currency prices and of course, regulator fees and government levies.
Most businesses opt for fixed rate tariffs which means you’ll know exactly how much your gas bills will be. Fixed tariffs are usually available over one, two or three years. As a general rule, the longer the fixed period, the pricier the tariff.
What do I need to switch business gas?
All the information needed to switch your gas supplier can be found on your bill, such as:
- Your existing supplier’s name
- Your business premises postcode
- End date of your current contract
- Gas consumption
- Meter number
If you don’t know where to find all of these details on your bill, then don’t worry – read our guide to Understanding your bill and we’ll show you where everything is.
Can I choose how I pay for my business gas?
Gas suppliers will offer a choice of tariffs and also various methods of payment, so it’s simply a question of finding a provider that suits your business needs.
In most cases, you will have the option of paying by direct debit, cash or cheque – although some suppliers prefer direct debit and will offer discounts if you opt for this method.
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How do I compare business gas?
Comparing business gas is quick and easy, and all the information needed to search for quotes can be found on a recent gas bill.
Simply start a quote and answer the questions (with your bill to hand) and we’ll take it from there. We’ll bring back a range of quotes for you to choose from, you can even filter the results so that you find your perfect match.
What's green business gas?
Green gas is sourced from environmentally sustainable sources – such as plants or animal waste. Unlike green electricity, environmentally friendly gas is still in its infancy and isn’t always an option depending on where your business is located (which is why we’ll ask you for your postcode).
If using green gas isn’t a practical option, then there other ways for your business to do its bit for the environment. You could look at paperless billing or choose a supplier that gets involved in environmental projects, or gives money to support them.
Of course, another way we can do our bit – at home as well as at work – is to be more energy efficient. So, for example, that means making sure you only heat your premises or office when you need to and when you do – keep it inside.
So now that we’ve hopefully answered all your frequently thought questions about business gas – use our business gas comparison service and see how much you could save?