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**20% of businesses achieved this saving when switching their business energy through our trusted partner Bionic. Based on data between 13th May 2020 to 15th June 2020.
Compare business electricity prices
You can switch your business electricity supplier to get a better deal and save yourself some money. With energy costs one of the biggest outgoings for a business, it makes sense to know your options and keep comparing to check the latest business electricity deals.
Our guide answers the key questions you might have about business electricity and how to compare and switch suppliers...
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Why should I switch business electricity suppliers?
Energy rates are always changing, so it makes sense to compare business electricity prices and switch to the best possible deal for you at renewal.
It's not always about cost, though. You might choose to switch for better customer support or a tariff that suits your needs.
Suppliers are no longer allowed to lock businesses into automatic rollover contracts, which means they can’t charge exit fees or include no-exit clauses in automatic rollovers. This could make it easier to switch business energy suppliers.
How does switching work for business customers?
As with domestic switching, the new electricity provider takes care of organising things, so you should be able to give them a few details and then leave them to it. The switch should take around two to three weeks, according to Ofgem figures.
There are a couple of restrictions for would-be business switchers. Your supplier can decline to switch if you're either:
- still in contract
- in debt to them
Make sure you are choosing the right new supplier because unlike with domestic suppliers there is no 14-day cooling off period if you switch your business energy.
However, you can’t change business electricity supplier until your contract is in the ‘switching window’. This is normally between one and six months before the end date. Once you’re in this switching window, you should get a quote using our business energy price comparison. This means you can have your new electricity tariff ready for when your current one ends.
What are the different business electricity tariff options?
Energy suppliers offer both fixed rate and flexible tariffs for electricity – but fixed rate tends to be the norm as it gives businesses protection from fluctuating prices. The drawback is (as it is with domestic electricity) that prices won't go down if the wholesale price does.
Flexible tariffs reflect the market, so while you could make savings, you could also end up paying more than you would have done on a fixed rate. Some flexible tariffs allow you to switch supplier with just 30-days' notice.
Unlike household energy, you can't opt for dual fuel tariffs with business use.
How do I compare business electricity suppliers?
First, you'll answer a few questions about how much electricity your business uses and where you're located. Don’t worry if you don’t have all your information to hand, we can help you. If you’re happy for us to do it, we can get your data from industry held records based on your business’ post code.
We'll run a search of all the available electricity deals based on what you've told us. You'll be able to see your estimated annual and monthly costs based on 1-5 year contracts, plus some key information about suppliers, like their eco credentials.
- Enter the postcode of your business. Using smart digital data, we can then access everything we need to give you a quote.
- Experts from our business energy provider, Bionic, will study the market to help you find the energy tariff to suit your needs, then give you a brief call to discuss it.
- Should you choose to switch energy providers, Bionic will look after everything for you, including future renewals.
Frequently asked questions
How much could I save by switching business electricity?
Businesses vary quite a lot more than households, so it’s difficult to give an average saving. It will depend on the size of your business premises, the number of people on-site and a few other factors.
The best way to find out what you can save is, of course, to compare the market.
What about microbusinesses?
The rules are a little different for companies that are classified as 'microbusinesses'. These are small companies that either:
- use less than 100,000 kWh of electricity per year
- use less than 293,000 kWh of gas per year
- have 10 or fewer employees and turn over less than €2 million per year
If you qualify as a microbusiness, your supplier must provide you with extra support with switching, for example putting the end-date and notice period for your contract on all bills, and telling you your annual energy consumption and how your old tariff compares with their latest options.
Will my business electricity be disrupted if I switch?
No, there should be nothing different except the name of your supplier, as the same lines and equipment will be delivering your power.
What if I’m on a deemed contract?
If you move into new premises and start to use power, you’ll be on what’s called a ‘deemed contract’, where there’s no mutual agreement in place but the supplier continues to provide power. A deemed contract situation can also happen if you reach the end of a contract without negotiating a new one.
Ofgem found that the costs with deemed contracts are on average 80% higher than rates charged on a negotiated contract. So if you’re on a deemed contract, you could make serious savings by comparing business electricity.
You have a right to switch at any time and for any reason if you're on a deemed contract, even if you're in debt.
Can I switch business electricity if I have more than one electricity monitor in my premises?
Electricity monitors simply show you how much electricity is being used, hopefully making your business more energy efficient. They are not the same as smart meters and they don’t share information with your supplier. Having more than one shouldn’t prevent you from switching electricity supplier.
What information do I need to switch business electricity?
To get started with a business electricity quote, all we’ll need is your business’ name and address. We can use this information to get you a quote, although it won’t be as accurate as possible.
To get the most accurate estimate quote possible, you can give us some information about your usage which can be found on your bill. Look for your:
- current supplier’s name
- tariff name and end date
- supply type
- details of how much electricity your business uses
It's helpful to know your meter number too.
When you start a quote, the more accurate you can be, the better, because it means we can tailor the search to fit your exact needs. As we mentioned earlier, you can still search without all these details, but the results might not be as precise.
I have solar panels. Can I get a business feed in tariff?
The Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme finished for new applications on 1 April, 2019. If you succeeded in applying before that date, you can sell any surplus energy your business has generated, back to the National Grid.
The amount of money you're eligible for from the excess energy you sell, depends on a number of factors, including how many solar panels you’ve got. Your supplier must be registered as a FiT licensee to pay you. For the complete list of licensees, visit the Ofgem website.
If you did not apply before 1 April, 2019, you can no longer take advantage of the FiT scheme.
What is a smart meter?
A smart meter is a device that shows how much energy is being used and how much it costs. It also sends meter readings directly to your supplier, so you can be confident that you’re being billed accurately, without the hassle of needing to manually take meter readings yourself.
Smart meters are being rolled out across the country. Originally, the Government was committed to offering all homes and small businesses a smart meter by the end of 2020. This deadline has now been pushed back to 2024.
What are half hourly meters and how do they work?
A half hourly meter records your business' electricity use every 30 minutes, automatically sending your usage data to your supplier. Think of it as a smart meter for large businesses. If you’re a business operating in the UK, who uses more than 100,000kWh of electricity per year, a half hourly meter is a legal requirement.
What is green business electricity?
Green electricity comes from renewable sources – like sunlight, wind, rain, plants and geothermal heat. Using an electricity supplier that sources some or all of its energy from renewables is one way of making sure your business is doing its bit for the environment. Find out more in our green energy guide.
When you compare with us, we'll show you which suppliers provide green energy when you see your prices.