What winter means for your business energy

Our summer is pretty much over, so winter will be here soon. If you follow the British Army (heating goes on the 1st October whether needed or not), your energy use will be increasing dramatically very soon.  Combine that with more lights on because of darker days, you can see how quickly you increase the amount of energy you are going to use over the coming months.

Of course, with increased energy usage comes the increase in energy costs, and it would seem that this already creeping up on us with last Friday (15th September) being branded the most expensive day of the year for energy. Comparison website MoneySuperMarket.com found that the likely cause for the spike in energy prices was down to British Gas’s 12.5% price increase coming into play.

Their energy expert Stephen Murray said, “The British Gas price increase is the latest in a long line of blows to consumers that languish on standard variable tariffs, and these customers will continue to be impacted by price increases unless they move to a competitive, fixed rate tariff.”  Which once again highlights the issue of loyalty getting you nowhere when it comes to energy firms, due to the risk of falling onto your supplier’s standard tariff.

Despite the constant warning signs and headlines, many businesses (around 70%) still remain on standard tariffs (the most expensive option out there). Therefore it is only those businesses that change provider every time their contract ends who are able to keep their energy costs down.

Murray added, “With 42 tariffs ending this month alone, it is key that people stay on top of when their rate comes to an end to avoid paying around an extra £299.”

Yet the findings also revealed that the difference between the average annual cost of a standard tariff with one of the Big Six (i.e. British Gas, Eon, Npower, SSE, EDF and Scottish Power) and the best-fixed rate tariff out there is actually up to £319 a year – a massive saving in the great scheme of things.

However, this isn’t the only problem that may be facing the UK’s energy market this winter.

The cost of energy has already risen well above last year’s rates, so it’s highly likely that the British energy market will return to how volatile it was back last winter.

The extreme price hikes, which continued well into spring, were because of concerns to do with France and Germany’s nuclear plants. The French government ordered audits on many of their plants due to irregularities and falsification of documents made by the industry giant, Areva. EDF Energy has 58 French nuclear reactors, hence why this had a knock-on effect on the UK.

To avoid any of the issues which may arise this winter, it’s highly recommended that businesses check their energy bills to see when their current fixed rate ends, then look into locking in new rates before the winter months come along.

At Frontier Utility we are able to analyse your bills whenever you see fit, then advise you with the best tariffs for your business. Talk to us on 08000 92 62 32 or a fill in our contact form to get in touch.

Four reasons to renegotiate your business energy

The cost of business energy is on the rise with no sign of slowing down. Although it can be easy to just accept that you will not get a rate as good as you did 2-3 years ago, it is well worth shopping around to ensure you can enjoy today’s tariff later down the line. Half of the SME’s who are customers of the Big Six energy firms haven’t changed provider in five years – it’s time to change that.

It will keep your overheads down
Gas and electricity bills are one of the biggest overheads to British businesses. If you fail to renegotiate your business energy rates before your contract end date (or before your notice period) you are automatically rolled over to your provider’s standard tariff.

By looking elsewhere or renegotiating, you can save up to 40%, a considerable deduction to your utility overheads.

More money to invest back into your business
A recent report found that if your business fails to renegotiate your rates they could be overpaying up to £532 per year. That’s a grand total of £7 billion every year across all the 5.2 million SME’s in the UK.

Rather than paying unnecessary costs to the Big Six energy firms, you can invest the money you save back into your business. Your resources, staff and office could all benefit from the savings you make.

Do your bit for the environment
There are now many dedicated green energy companies who supply renewable energy generated from forms such as wind, solar and wave power.

The tariffs from these providers are competitively priced in order to attract new customers and moreover, you can be assured that you are contributing to the increased use of green energy across the country.

It isn’t as hard as it seems!
Many businesses are cautious of changing provider as they struggle to see the benefits of moving provider and feel that switching is a difficult process. However, by implementing simple actions such as setting reminders or using brokers, changing provider is generally hassle-free.

By providing us with a copy of your most recent bill we will be able to analyse your rates and find you the best possible deal. You can talk to us at any time to lock in rates, look into different suppliers and get a better understanding of how the market currently stands.

By being savvy about your energy bills you can save your business a large amount of money in the long run. If saving money isn’t enough of a reason to renegotiate your business energy, then what is! Speak to us on 08000 92 62 32 to discuss how we can help you save.

Introducing our new MyEnergy video campaign

Save money on your business energy today! 

Did you know 66% of companies are on a standard energy tariff? Our Energy portfolio gives you access to unbeatable fixed-term contracts for up to 5 years to suit the needs of you and your business.

Watch Kerris’ video below to find out more…

For more information, please feel free to contact

Kerris Hawes
08000 92 62 32
khawes@fvdata.co.uk

Spring clean your business energy

66% of UK companies are on a standard energy tariff… Is yours one of them?

If yes, you are paying around 40% more than you should be!

To find out if you are paying over the odds, please call us NOW on 08000 92 62 32 or email info@frontierutility.co.uk

We will offer you:

  • impartial advice
  • no obligation assessment of your bill
  • fixed energy costs for up to 5 years

 

 

Launch of new Business Energy Portfolio – MyEnergy

myenergy-logoOur Business Energy Portfolio is here!

Would you like to pay less for your gas and electric? Are you tired off high tariffs?

Well, Frontier Voice and Data’s new MyEnergy package may be the perfect solution for you and your business.

At Frontier we aim to help you find the best energy deals, either by obtaining discounted pricing from your existing supplier, or by searching the commercial gas and electricity energy marketplace to obtain the most competitive business energy prices from the UK’s best commercial energy suppliers.

We will research the energy market on your behalf to find flexible utility deals suited to your company’s needs, which could save you significant amounts of money every year.

What’s more, we will always contact you well before your renewal date to ensure you always enjoy the best rates available.

And best of all we handle everything, so you can focus on running your business!

Welcome to Frontier Utility

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Frontier Utility – the new home for all your Energy, Security and App2Chat.

The range of solutions that Frontier Utility offers perfectly complements our existing portfolio of data and communications services and includes:

  • Energy – Business Gas, Business Electricity and if you take both services, Dual Business Energy provision
  • Security Systems – CCTV, Alarm Systems, Intercom Systems, Access Control Systems and Servicing, Repairs and Upgrades.
  • App2Chat – the business telephony system that works on a smartphone using landline numbers

To find out more you can talk to a member of the Frontier Utility Team on 08000 926232 (option 4) or by email at info@frontierutility.co.uk