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Turning down the business gas but keeping business electricity on full!

by Energy Advice Line

So a lot of small businesses have been enjoying the mini heatwave – it can’t last, can it? Although many are able to reduce their energy consumption for others it’s a case of turning it up..if you’re making ice cream that is and a few other thirst quenchers for the hot weather!

Even if it is warm outside health and safety will want to make sure that your workers are working in offices and factories that are temperature controlled – so many offices nowadys have windows that cannot be opened so the air conditioning is on permanently. Okay for those that have motion sensitive sensors they have an element of control but for many businesses there is stil a need to be careful about how much energy is being wasted.

It’s not just offices and factories either that are in danger, many retail outlets have similar issues – do you ever look up in supermarkets and large stores and wonder how much energy a business is wasting heating their roof space? Well for businesses in this environment it is a big concern and so it is prudent to take all possible measures to reduce those business energy bills for switching off unnecessary lights and equipment to insulation and use of solar power, where viable.

One of the most important things a busines can do though is to check their bills and tariffs and visit an business energy price comparison site to see if they are truly getting the best deal. Using an independent broker can save a company a lot of money and stress as these companies will help you through the termination and contract set up and keep a watchful eye on your business electricity and business gas contracts in the future also ensuring that you are always on the best possible rates.

Energy — it’s much more manageable than you think

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Energy is not an unmanageable overhead — it is one of the largest controllable costs in most organisations.

Cutting energy costs through improved energy
efficiency goes straight to the bottom line, making
your organisation immediately more competitive.
And saving energy doesn’t need massive investment in
time or money. At minimal cost you could save up to
20% on your energy bills — which could be equal to a
5% sales increase.

The Carbon Trust fact sheet can help you to begin in cutting your energy costs. Email now to receive your free copy:

info@u-getconsultancy.co.uk

For your FREE energy bill review, contact us today

U-GET Consultancy Services, ‘The Solution to your Energy Problem’.

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Problem

  • Is my business paying too much in utility costs?
  • Does my business consume a lot of energy?
  • When did I last check my energy rates?
  • Am I on the best tariff available?
  • Why should I spend valuable time calling suppliers when U-GET will do it for me?

We all want to pay the least possible for products and services. Often the research can be tiresome and when you don’t understand the industry and service, you can be left even more confused!

The Solution

How would you like your energy bills to be reviewed, for FREE, to find you the best rates from the market?

Our goal is to save you as much money as possible.

Our experience helps our customers to avoid:

–       inflated rates

–       additional charges

–       pitfalls the utility sector has in store

With winter just around the corner and rising energy prices, now could be a good time to switch.

Contact U-GET today, to see what we can do for you.

The Problem

COULD YOUR BUSINESS SAVE £000’s BY SIMPLY SWITCHING ENERGY PROVIDERS?

  • · Is my business paying too much utility costs?
  • · Does my business consume a lot of energy?
  • · When did I last check my energy rates?
  • · Am I on the best tariff available?
  • · Why should I spend valuable time calling suppliers when U-GET will do it for me?

We all want to pay the least amount for products and services, making savings where possible. Often this can require tiresome research and when you don’t understand the industry and service, you can be left even more confused!

The Solution

How would you like your energy bills to be reviewed, for FREE, to discover the best rates and providers from the market?

Our goal is to save you as much money as possible.

Our experience helps our customers to avoid:

– inflated rates

– additional charges

– pitfalls the utility sector has in store

With winter just around the corner and rising energy prices, now could be a good time to switch.

Do you understand your energy bills?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Person confused about billsConfusing energy bills could stop you getting the best deal.

From a recent Which? magazine article of the same title, they highlight the fact that many of us either don’t understand our energy bills and tariffs or find it confusing, that they spend so much time reading through it, just to make sense of it – eventually.

Are the energy companies doing this on purpose, a sort of conspiracy theory? In the hope that you or I will receive our renewal letter and think to yourself:

“I’m just going to stick with them because I really do not have the time or inclination to trawl through the bill to make ‘head nor tail’ of it?”

Perhaps! Either way, we as the consumer lose out. Do nothing and pay more than need be. Spend time understanding the bill and searching for better rates, you are assigning a lot of time, some might say ‘wasteful time’ in your quest for improved rates.

I have been in this position as well, both domestically and commercially. Trying to fathom my home electricity bill – economy 10. Would it be better for me to switch to economy 7? What are the pro’s and con’s of this? Who do I call and will I go from option to option before eventually speaking with another human, by which time you’ve assigned half an hour of your life to listening to what is now, rather irritating music.

Try sorting it yourself, to keep on top of it, which is admirable, then you will probably want to compile a spreadsheet. Noting your current rates, consumption levels, new rates from current supplier then from competitors. Once more, you’ve spent time on this task.

And then once you think that you have sorted it, you decide to try the suppliers once more, in the hope that you can re-negotiate the rates.

So how long has all this taken? A morning, a whole day perhaps. Either way, it’s time that you could and would have liked to of spent in some other way. Ok, so you may have saved yourself £££’s, but you feel drained. I know, I have been there. I’ve done this for businesses too. I would say that it’s not fun, but actually, I do enjoy the challenge, the fact finding, the analysis, yes, sometimes it isn’t as straight forward as you may think. But that’s for another time.

So what can you do? Ideally, as Which? are campaigning for, is to have our bills simplified. That’s a start. However, do you still want to spend all this time searching for the best rate? I’m certain that you don’t. There are sites and business that can do this for you and yes, it is often FREE. They won’t charge to look through your bill and find you a new rate or a selection of rates for you to choose from.

Domestically, the comparison sites do this for you, with some basic data entry from yourself. For business energy, it’s similar, however, there are companies such as U-GET that simply require a copy of a bill and a ‘letter of authority’ to begin the process. What we can provide, is the human element, helping resolve your problems; not knowing who a supplier may be when moving into a new shop or building, needing someone to check your bill as you believe it maybe incorrect.

We know that it’s confusing as well as time-consuming. When you have a business to run, this is something that you simply do not want to deal with. Allowing energy brokers and consultants to act on your behalf is a convenient and hassle free solution. Using the various suppliers to source rates and tariffs from means that we are independent and impartial, not favouring any one.

What’s more, you don’t have anything to lose by using the service, as you won’t pay us a penny.

Through affiliates, we are able to help with your energy consumption habits. Assessing  and reducing them, with the aim of further reducing your costs. Energy management article

Have you found it difficult to work out how your bills have been calculated?

  • Are any of these easier to understand: your telephone bill or your gas and/or electricity bills?
  • What do you think could be done to improve things?

Contact U-GET Consultancy today, we’ll explain what we can do for you. Also, check our home energy comparison site.

If you had a power cut, would you know who to contact?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

How many of you would call your energy provider?

I bet the majority of people reading this article are probably saying to themself, ‘well of course I would call my provider…wouldn’t I’? Now the doubt has been sown in your mind, hasn’t it?

As you may have gathered, no you don’t call your energy supplier when you have a power cut.  Your network distributor is who you should contact.

Who? I hear you say. The distributors are responsible for maintaining and operating the network (all the cabling/piping and infrastructure). Your energy provider will be sourcing the energy for you, but they won’t necessarily be responsible for making sure it makes it to your home. With gas, there is a single operator and number that you contact. With electricity, the network distribution is broken up.

There are currently 14 distributors in the UK. Take a look at this link that shows the distributor map. The gas is quite straight forward to understand. To work out who your electricity distributor is, use the map and table that is directly beneath it.

So how does it work? As an example, if you live in London, simply locate this on the map, which we can see is number 12. Move along to the table, look up number 12 and we can see: that the distributor is EDF Energy Networks and you should contact 0800 028 0247.

It would be extremely useful to print this out and keep in a safe and easily accessible place, for reference when you do have a power cut. Energy Emergency Contacts download.

Are SMEs Adverse To Changing Energy Suppliers?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Whilst the larger organisations are switched on to managing their energy costs and even improving upon their energy efficiency, by reducing their consumption levels, can the same be levelled at the sme market?

As many smaller businesses are owner-managed, they are responsible for many aspects of the business. Unfortunately, they see that renewal letter for their energy rate and set it to one side for a later date. The all too common mistake, as discussed in our ‘about us‘ section. The larger a business the more likely they are to have a department to deal with such matters.

There are options to them if they don’t wish to take on the responsibility themselves. Comparison websites will still require you to do the work. Many people will not know what details they should be entering, often using just their monthly direct debit figure. This doesn’t reflect their actual annual consumption, which will give greater accuracy.

Energy consultants/brokers will not only alleviate this burden from you and use their range of suppliers, they can also find out your annual consumption figure, thereby helping to provide a far more accurate reflection of your annual spend.

SMEs needn’t be adverse to changing suppliers, by simply farming out the responsibility to experts they can focus on other key aspects of their business that can generate revenue. Being pro-active and on top of all bills, not just the energy is critical.

Gas and electricity prices: How are they calculated?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The BBC have today published an article that provides slightly more information than normal, as to how our Gas and Electricity Prices are calculated and why they rise.

The message that the article is attempting to convey, is that our energy prices are based on market prices, not just from today or yesterday, but a range of prices over the past days, weeks, months and even years. The reason for doing this is to mitigate the risk that they could potentially face.

As an example, take today. An energy supplier will not purchase all it requires the day before, or even on the day. The reason for not doing so – the volume will not be achievable and prices may be high. It is a HIGH RISK strategy, that no energy company or will take. Instead, they spread their risk over time.

So the example in this article shows that the gas price in July 2008 was 100p/th, for delivery in the fourth quarter 2010. However, in spring 2010, it was below 40p/th. The point here being, that energy companies would have purchased some of the higher priced gas to cover their position. Therefore, this price is factored into the overall costing that we now see today. If the purchase prices are high, then ultimately, the energy companies will have to raise their prices.

Something else to consider, that this article doesn’t mention, are the transmission costs. These too affect the retail price.

Freezing weather along with price hikes will see increased energy bills. Let’s reduce these NOW!

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

With this present cold spell and recent energy price hikes, it is safe to say that as consumers we are likely to be paying far more to our energy providers when that next bill comes round!

Our heating’s on longer, as too is our lighting too. Add to this mix the fact that we are likely to be staying indoors for greater periods of time, making more hot drinks and food as well! This all adds up to a greater amount of energy consumption.

It’s difficult in the cold weather period to get that balance correct. You want to stay warm and healthy, yet this means cranking up our energy sources and that means greater expenditure.

OFGEM have an information leaflet to help consumers with their winter energy concerns. They highlight four key areas:

  1. Be energy-prepared – knowing your tariff and annual consumption details allows you to be in control. Having a clear idea of your annual consumption will give you a much better idea as to your annual spend, rather than your monthly/quarterly payments.
  2. Shop around for the best deals – Loyalty nowadays doesn’t seem to pay! Why stay with your current supplier when there is likely to be a better tariff elsewhere. Shop around, either doing the leg-work yourself, comparison site or an energy broker such as U-GET. Would you pay £100 more for a television from one shop, simply because you have bought other products from them? The same is true of the energy industry.
  3. Become energy efficient – Seek advice on how to reduce your energy consumption. There are simple DIY procedures to take, consulting energy assessor experts as well as speaking to organisations like the Energy Saving Trust.
  4. Get help with your bills – help and advice is available for those having trouble paying their bills.

Don’t sit about doing nothing. The quicker you act, the greater the savings you could be making and many of theses services are FREE.

Put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

That’s correct, you read it right, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. So why this title?

I was thinking about business and their reluctance, at times, to do certain tasks immediately, but instead, setting them aside for another day. It also made me ponder whether this attitude is in fact a national habit! Do other countries have this similar trait?

So what made me pose the question? Well, like many of us, I have spoken to businesses, waited on them to respond to me, waited for deliveries that never appear, workmen that don’t show on time yet think nothing to call, apologise and even re-schedule. No doubt we’ve all had these experiences. I’m just astounded though, that so many businesses can still be in operation with this level of customer apathy.

It has made me scrutinise my own area of work and the business that I provide. Being a service provider there can often be a reluctance to fully comprehend that sometimes, putting off until tomorrow may very well lead to higher costs and missed opportunities.

Take my own businessFree Business Energy Bill Review Service. We do exactly what it says on the tin. We’ll review your existing energy bill to make sure that you are paying the best (lowest) possible rates. We’ll even switch it for you, upon your say so. We do this free of charge and you don’t pay us a penny.

Perhaps it sounds too good to be true, I’m sure it does, however, wouldn’t it be worth using this service to find out whether or not you can in fact reduce your rates and consequently save your business £££’s? And, if you do put off until tomorrow, you may find the energy rates have just gone up – a missed opportunity!

Now what business doesn’t want to save money, especially in these economic times?

How about the example that I saved one business over £20,000!

Yes, by not being on a contract they were paying over 40% more than they should have been.

Another company was saved £3,000, again, due to not being in a contract and consequently paying higher ‘out-of-contract’ rates.

This brings me back to my original question: Why do businesses put off until tomorrow, what they could do today?

Can they ever change? Is it just the SME market that has this attitude or also the larger organisations?

How U-GET can save your business £££’s

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my last post: “I love spending money on my Energy Bills!” I wanted to back it up with case studies.

It is surprising, even today, when we are bombarded with adverts about comparing this, that and the other (including Meerkats), that some businesses still don’t search out the best deals, quotes, rates etc for whatever service they are seeking at that particular time.

Nowadays, there appears to be very little reward for loyalty. The only rewards out there, seem to be for new customers! That being the case, then it really does ‘pay’ to shop around. As I referred to in the previous blog, there are reasons as to why people don’t do this. For me, my job is to help people attain these savings, through a direct, independent and impartial service from the various energy companies.

At U-GET we work for you, building a trusting relationship and allowing you to concentrate on your key business requirements, whilst we aim to cut your costs.

One property management company saved over £3000, through the utilisation of our service. How was this achieved? Well, they weren’t in a contract and by not being in one, were subject to ‘deemed rates’, which are normally far more than fixed contract rates. By moving them onto a contract, we attained these savings for them. This level of savings, wasn’t even for a particularly high level of consumption, either!

Another example has seen a saving in the 10′s of thousands of £’s. Again, simply due to the client being on an ‘out-of-contract’ tariff.

What many people do not realise, is that when you receive your renewal letter (often 3-4 months before the end date/renewal date), you only have a certain amount of time (as indicated on that letter from your supplier) by which you need to let your supplier know whether you will remain with them or move away.

‘Forget to notify them by this date and they will lock you into the tariff for the time & rate that they specify

At U-GET, we take care of this, preventing you from falling into this ‘trap’.

You need to act promptly to your renewal letter, or if you wish, contact us at U-GET and we can find out your renewal & termination dates, note them and respond to them accordingly.

You’ll not have to worry about getting caught in that trap and yet, have the peace of mind, knowing that U-GET will be working for you, to achieve the lowest rates possible for your business.

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