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Energy rates will continue to rise, what can we do?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

With energy rates currently on the rise, it all seems like doom and gloom. Not necessarily!

We should be shopping around for the best deal, as we do for insurance. By doing this, we can obtain better rates than simply staying with the existing supplier.

By allowing specialist brokers to work for you, your time is freed up to concentrate on your main business where you will be more productive. We can navigate around the problems that are all too common, time-consuming and confusing.

What else can be done to keep our costs down? Quite simply, we need to manage and adjust our energy usage habits. Often these can be fairly basic practices, U-GET can advise with this.

Monitoring your energy usage, pin-pointing trends and anomalies and acting on this is the way forward. Smart meters are being introduced with the perception that this will cure our ineffective routine and reduce bills – not if we do nothing with our data. A simple and effective procedure is to use an Energy Monitor, clipping the transmitter to our meter and sending information to the monitor, with the data able to be viewed on your pc.

We can do something to help reduce our costs, in business and at home, even in a rising market. However, we need to take a pro-active approach to it.

Practical energy management

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Reducing energy use makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

The Carbon Trust provides simple, effective advice to
help businesses and public sector organisations take action
to reduce carbon emissions, and the simplest way to do
this is to use energy more efficiently.

This management overview provides practical advice
to businesses on how to identify energy waste and
implement savings. This will ensure long-term benefits
for people, the business and the environment.

Although many organisations believe energy is a fixed overhead,
it actually represents one of the best opportunities for saving money.

For a copy of this guide or any others, please email:

info@u-getconsultancy.co.uk

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.

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.

When starting a business, or more precisely, a service, how does one engage with those potential clients?

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

In my industry, making contact with businesses is vital to generate custom. I have read articles, posts and discussions from people on various web platforms, about this very topic. However, is there that perfect way to engage people?

Is the only way for businesses to use your service, through meeting face-to-face or recommendation from someone that knows you? This seems to be the message that comes across. So all those nicely crafted marketing letters and the daunting follow-up calls, are simply a waste of my time?

I know that my service is required by all business with premises. And, that everyone wants to save money, essential in the current economic climate. So why are they reticent to read my letters, or speak with me? Why do we hear the receptionist say: “I’m sorry, Mr. Jones won’t be interested in this service” and this coming from an accountancy firm?

Amazement! An accountancy firm that isn’t interested in helping their new business start-ups or existing clients to save money. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Would we be anymore successful by actually rolling up at their office and asking to speak with the said accountant, face-to-face?

Obviously face-to-face communication is important, but surely business can be done without having this interaction. Ebay would be a fine example of this. Alright, so there are seller/buyer ratings, but this doesn’t always account for much, besides, we still buy from someone without having met them.

Perhaps it’s just me, I have a service that I believe in, I enjoy what I do helping people attain savings. Helping people resolve issues with their energy bills; meter changes, change of tenancy assistance, invoice assistance, capacity demand issues and energy assessments. All of which can be provided without having to meet the client, although I am happy to do so.

Are we all more savvy to the cold-caller these days? I can empathise when a cold-caller tries to get you to buy their product or service over the phone. However, when you are simply informing them about a service, asking if it maybe of benefit to them and to leave it with them to think about and possibly meet or call back, once they have had time to review it at their own leisure, is this a reason to not give you the time of day?

Whose loss is it? The cold-caller for not acquiring their custom, or them for dismissing this hard-working person from wanting to help them save money? Nowadays, is it all about networking and referrals rather than letters and telephone calls?

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?

I love spending money on my Energy Bills!

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Oh yes, you’ll be surprised with the number of businesses that have this mindset. Whether it is due to:

  • Lack of time
  • Complexity
  • laziness
  • Cost
  • or even naivety

There always seems to be an excuse!

In all honesty, no business wants to spend more than they need to on a product, service or overhead.

Whilst contacting business owners, be it in person or via the telephone, I am dumb-founded by those that when asked if my service maybe of benefit to them, simply reply “No, we wouldn’t be interested”!

If I ask them whether they have someone that already reviews their bills, the answer, invariably, is a resounding NO. Again, they state that “It doesn’t interest us”.

This type of response leads me to think, ‘do you not like saving money’?

How about those accountancy firms I’ve approached. Believing that by offering my services to them, for the benefit of their clients (in particular, the new business start-ups and existing small businesses), would be an ideal partnership. I could act as a ‘preferred supplier’ if you like. I am always happy to meet and speak with a client, in fact it is something I would recommend in such circumstances, as it builds that relationship and trust.

However, I do find it remarkable how so many ‘gatekeepers’ have the power and knowledge to dismiss such opportunities! No wonder we are more ‘Broken Britain’ than ‘Booming Britain’.

I’m aware that so many people in business are ‘ extremely busy’, but please, take the time to consider what value can be added to your business. Secondly, please do make sure that the relevant decision-maker actually does make the company decisions, for the good of your business and your clients.

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