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Blockchain And The Energy Industry, What Does This Mean?

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What Is Blockchain?

In order to be able to understand the impact that blockchain can have on the energy. It is important to know what blockchain actually is. 

In short. Blockchain is a type of database that collects information together in what could be considered groups. More commonly referred to as blocks. These blocks are used to contain little bits of information, and once a single block has filled its storage capacity it will be linked to the previous block. Which as you can imagine would visually look like some sort of chain. Hence the term “blockchain”.

The blockchain is different to a traditional database. Because it stores information in blocks instead of having to be stored on servers which can be compiled of hundreds of powerful computers.

 

Energy Communities

An Energy Community is a new concept that has appeared across Europe in recent years. In short, an Energy Community is

“an association, a cooperative, a partnership, a non-profit organisation or other legal entity that is controlled by local shareholders or members. Rather than being profit-driven, involved in decentralized generation and the activities of a distribution system operator, supplier or aggregator at the local level, including beyond its borders.”

What is brilliant about these communities is that it can create a local market. Which benefits people at a local level. Simply because of the optimisation of the supply as well as the demand. These groups are referred to as “prosumers” (consumer & producer).

Blockchain And Peer To Peer Energy Transactions

Deloitte has published a fascinating report detailing the uses of blockchain within the energy sector.  

The report details how the system which is currently dominated by energy suppliers. But now thanks to blockchain technologies, we could start to see a shift in power and could now see consumers producing energy themselves. 

The report also details how prosumers could use peer to peer trading on the blockchain, and due to the blockchain being decentralised and transparent. This removes the worry of manipulation that can occur on different kinds of databases. 

Solar panels and home wind turbines are becoming evermore popular across the globe. As is cryptocurrency trading. Therefore with the increase in use of both of these assets, we could soon be seeing a sharp rise in customers who actually produce their own energy, much like a small scale power station as users will be able to sell and buy excess energy from their peers on the blockchain.

Blockchain And Utility Providers

Although it is not just consumers catching onto blockchain technologies. Many energy companies are in fact trying to improve their services by using blockchain technologies. 

A serious benefit of using blockchain within the energy industry is that a lot of energy companies are far more willing to share information with each other. Especially regarding technologies which could be mutually beneficial. Because unlike banks and other industries, energy companies don’t tend to compete with each other in the same way. 

Energy companies could use blockchains to create an easier system in regards of transferring data. The easier this process is, the easier the distribution process will be.

New Ways To Pay For Your Energy

Blockchain technology enables the existence of cryptocurrencies. Which is why if the energy sector is being revolutionised with blockchain technology, why can’t how we pay for our energy be revolutionised too? There are already some places in the world allowing their citizens to purchase their energy through monetary payments using cryptocurrencies. Such as Bitcoin. Marubeni Corporation in Japan is a company who allows these kinds of payments in certain regions of the country. However, we can soon expect the rest of the country, and the world. To follow suit.

Another fantastic example of blockchain technology being implemented for energy payments across the world is a company called Bankymoon, partnered with Usizo, who are providing bitcoin smart meters in rural areas. Paying for energy in South Africa, especially rural areas. Is paid for upfront. Therefore if your energy runs out, there is no electronic or easy way for you to get energy for your home. Which is where these bitcoin smart meters come in to play. Allowing foreign donors to send money directly to the smart meters using blockchain technology, which is a fantastic solution to the previously mentioned problem. 

Should You Trust Blockchain Technology?

Any form of new technology can make people untrustworthy, therefore it is completely understandable as to why people might be sceptical of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in general. Due to the nature of blockchains, parties do not have to rely on each other to uphold the honesty of a transaction. This is because these computer protocols are designed to automatically execute the terms of a contract between two parties without outside human interaction. Therefore these transactions could be considered much safer than how a lot of business transactions are conducted today.

The transparency of the blockchain is also a massive benefit, as any transaction and or block. Is freely accessible and readable to anyone. Which in turn allows anyone to confirm the legitimacy of said transactions. 

The Benefits Of Blockchain Within The Energy Sector

Conclusion

To conclude. Blockchain technology is a fantastic tool that can help improve many different sectors across the globe. Although due to the nature of the energy industry, these technological advancements are much more exciting within this space. as well as this. It can help less fortunate people in ways that haven’t been possible before. As well as helping to create more self reliant communities like we are starting to see across Europe. These technologies can help improve the legitimacy of transactions by making everything on the blockchain available for anyone to read. Which then helps the auditing of transactions. It is safe to say that this is some of the most exciting and helpful technology that we will see in our lifetime

Tips On How To Reduce Your Gas Consumption

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When it comes to saving money, knowing how to reduce your gas consumption and understanding the rates that come with it can be an afterthought. Because if you’re busy with work and life. Your meter will tick along quietly, taking more and more money from you.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce your gas consumption. Limiting your consumption can also save you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds per year!

A lot of the suggested points below include one off prices, and they may seem steep at first. Bare in mind that these are long term investments to help you save money in the grand scheme of things. We also know that there are a lot of points here. But don’t feel overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time. Because a few learned habits and smart investments can having a hugely positive impact on your bills. The environment, your business and your life!

Switch Suppliers

Suppliers are known to gradually increase their rates if you’ve been with them over a long period of time. This results in you paying over the odds for your gas. Here at Bright Utilities, you can compare gas prices in 60 seconds and find a cheaper supplier to switch to. Through us, we’ll do all of the leg work to act on behalf of you and oversee the switch to a cheaper supplier.

As well as this, we are proud partners with the International Tree Foundation. Who will plant ten trees in the name of you or your company if you were to switch suppliers through us. Start a quote today and see what you can save!

Service or replace your boiler

Boiler repair and replacement isn’t the cheapest or most appealing of utility tasks. We’re well aware of this. But it’s essential that you keep your boiler in good condition to avoid any further issues in the future. A lot of suppliers have an annual service policy for your boiler. This is the recommended amount of time that you should leave in between checks. We would also advise arranging your check during the summer, so that any issues can be rectified, standing you in good stead for winter. Frequent checks will also ensure the safety of your premises, as boilers come with small risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Making sure that the engineer conducting the checks is Gas Safe regulated is always important.

Turn down your thermostat

Turning down your thermostat between 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for around 8 hours a day can save you up to 10% on your gas bill yearly. You can schedule your thermostat to change temperature throughout the day. If you think that you would be able to manage on a reduced gas rate, it is highly recommended that you give it a try during periods of the day where you don’t need it as much, as this will help your reduce gas consumption.

It is also important to consider where in the premises you place your thermostat. Make sure that it is not in the line of direct sunlight, and is not in a draughty area. These amongst other factors can all contribute to a “ghost-reading”. The best ways to prevent a ghost-reading include installing your thermostat 5 feet above the ground in a frequently used room so that you can assess and manage the temperature yourself.

Another benefit of turning down your thermostat is that your fridge and other appliances won’t have to work as hard on a lower gas reading either, meaning that it will have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance, as well as allowing you to reduce your gas consumption.

Wear more clothing layers when cold

This might seem like an obvious one, but investing in more indoor layers throughout the day will help manage your temperature as opposed to relying on central heating. Because sometimes all that you have to do to save money is throw your favourite jumper on!

Here is some more information on different clothes layers:

  • Base Layers include t-shirts, vests or tops. These are the first layers that give that initial thin layer of warmth. The longer the sleeves, the more heat that you retain!
  • Mid Layers are typically a fleece, thin jacket or over-shirt that can provide more warmth, but still keeps its breathability.
  • Accessories like hats, scarves or gloves are useful small additions that help to maintain warmth, particularly in those winter months.

Reduce the temperature of your water

Different premises have different water temperatures. While extremely hot water may be essential based on the facilities requirements (i.e kitchens or car washes), some can manage with a reduced temperature of water. For example schools and nurseries may need reduced water to prevent the risk of scalding, or some may also be looking to save on their gas bill.

When looking to change your water temperature, it is important to first acquire an accurate reading of your water. By accurate, it doesn’t mean to run the water on your hand to decide if it’s too hot or not. Instead, you should run your sink for at least 20 seconds and fill a glass with it. Use a thermometer and note down the reading.

Typically you can expect to have one of two types of boiler. A combi-boiler or a heat only boiler.

With a combi-boiler, the hot water goes straight to the sink via the boiler. There is also no need for a water tank and cylinder within your premises.

A heat-only boiler warms up the fresh water as and when it’s required. This also means that the hot water can run out if it’s used up, and you will need to wait for it to reheat. However, you will also need space in your premises for a water tank and a cylinder.

Combi-boilers are the most popular, but heat-only boilers are still fairly frequent in the UK.

To adjust your combi-boiler, there is usually a dial or a digital panel that allows you to easily turn the heat down. It can be wirelessly controlled in more modern boilers from more accessible areas of the premises. Instruction manuals on the various different layouts will always be provided, and your installer should also give you a tutorial.

It can be slightly more complicated to adjust your heat-only boiler as the dials will be attached to the boiler itself – potentially behind a panel. Although once you have found the control, you may need to use a screwdriver to adjust the setting, or it may be a knob that will make it slightly easier to adjust.

Insulate your premises

The benefits of insulating your premises are vast and immediate. Whilst the initial cost of a professional installation can set you back, the returns on gas use reductions will quickly help you break even on your bills.

Insulation is proven to protect your premises from condensation and mould, as well as saving you money on your gas bills. It also has fire protection qualities. As well as being a more environmentally friendly approach to warming up your premises, insulation can also double up as great sound proofing for any noisy neighbours or construction work.

Draught-proof your premises

A great method used to reduce your gas consumption rates is draught proofing.

It involves controlled ventilation and blockage of gaps in the building that let a draught in such as doors or skirting boards.

Professional draught proofing on an average sized premises can cost around £200. If you are quite DIY savvy however, you should have no problem with installing the required materials yourself.

It is worth baring in mind though that not every gap in the building needs blocking up. This is because ventilation is an essential part of a buildings structure to keep the air inside it fresh and healthy. So when draught-proofing, leave any extractor fans, underfloor grilles or wall vents undisturbed.

Invest in pipe insulation

This is a task that would probably have never even crossed your mind if nobody told you about it. However, it is a great way to further insulate your premises in environmentally friendly ways whilst also reducing your gas consumption.

Further benefits of pipe insulation include the prevention of pipes freezing in cold weather, which can result in costly cracks and leaks. On the other hand, it also prevents the pipe sweating in humid conditions; which can result in condensation, damp and rot.

There are four different types of pipe insulation:

  • Polyethylene foam pipe is one of the most popular forms of pipe insulation. It has great all round performance at a low cost.
  • Rubber pipe is a good insulation option for pipe sweating prevention as it has great water resistance.
  • Self-seal pipe is easier to install than other pipes as the self-adhesive strips will work in hard to reach areas.
  • Pipe wrap is different in that it is wrapped around the pipe as opposed to being slotted on. A commonly used material for pipe wrap is a foil faced bubble wrap. This is great for preventing pipe freezing.

How to install pipe insulation

Invest in the right type of flooring

There are plenty types of flooring out there available, and while some may look really stylish, they could be negatively effecting the temperature of your premises. Below are the different types of flooring, and how they could either benefit or hinder you with regards to temperature and in turn your gas consumption.

  • Carpets are, as you’d imagine the warmest type of flooring available. They also come in a huge variety of styles and thickness, from office carpet squares to woollier tufts, meaning that you won’t be stuck for choice from a stylistic point of view.
  • Wood is still warmer than other types of flooring due to its thickness, however it can get cold, particularly in the winter months.
  • Laminate flooring isn’t too insulated. However, it can be installed with underfloor heating and this provides you with the style of a wooden floor while maintaining the luxury of floor warmth.
  • Stone and ceramic floors hold onto the cold, so are the worst option for maintaining temperature within your premises. Your building could really suffer from cold and ceramic flooring; particularly in colder climates.
  • Rugs can further insulate as well as decorate your premises, so it could be useful to invest in one to go on top of whichever floor type you have.

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Triple glaze your windows

Having dated double glazed windows can play a factor in up to 20% of the heat lost within your premises, as the gap in between the two pieces of glass will lose its effectiveness after a while. While brand new triple glazing may come with a significant upscale in price when compared to double glazing, it is a worth while investment that will provide more insulation and in turn reduce your gas consumption. It also has noise proof and security benefits as the glass will be stronger and more durable.

It’s ok to ask for help to reduce your gas consumption

If you are struggling to pay for your gas or any other bills for that matter, then help is available. The first thing that you should do is inform your supplier of your situation. It is their obligation to assist you with your issue. They will usually be very helpful and work together with you in order to find a solution. They could help you set up a payment plan. This allows you to pay what you can afford over a set period of time.

It is important to inform your supplier. If you miss payments without contacting them then you may have a pre payment meter installed. In more extreme cases – your gas allowance may be removed.

If you are on benefits, you may be able to pay for your bills via a fixed amount of your allowance via the Fuel Direct Scheme.

If you feel that you may have been overcharged for your gas bill, you can complain and seek a refund. However it is important to be sure that you have been overcharged, and so it is recommended that you have a recent self taken gas meter reading available as proof to back up your case.

It is also possible to apply for utility grants to assist with paying your gas bills. Below are some of the grant schemes available:

  • Winter Fuel Payment is available for people who were born before October 5th 1954.
  • Grants from various reputable energy companies are available. Contact your individual supplier to see if this is possible.
  • Cold Weather Payments

Further advice is available at gov.uk

Conclusion

In the modern day world, efficiency over consumption is without a doubt the way forward. The more that you do to apply a more sustainable means of energy can only provide more positive results.

Many of the points mentioned above may or may not apply to your personal situation. Conduct an Energy Audit in order to identify which areas of your premises need the most treatment, and what type of treatment it may need. It is possible to conduct these audits yourself, or to hire a professional from an energy company who will provide you with an in depth report.

It’s never too late to take action to reduce your gas consumption, and there is no better time than now! Save money, improve your health and contribute to a better environment by applying these gradual changes. You’ll soon begin to see the benefits within your day to day life – this we can promise.

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The Easy Guide to Reading Your Business Gas Meter

Why should I read my meter frequently?

Taking regular readings of your meter is a great way to stay on top of your gas bills. Your readings can help you check how much gas there is being used in your business, and identify where you could be saving money. Also, if your supplier doesn’t receive a reading of your meter, they will charge you for an estimated usage. This can be higher than your actual figures. Which is why learning how to read your gas meter is essential.

Read on to find out what types of gas meters there are, how to tell which one your business has, and most importantly – how to read them!

What types of business gas meters are there, and how do I read them?

Smart Gas Meters

  • Smart Gas Meters are the most popular meters in the modern day. They will constantly feed your usage information to your supplier. This in turn saves the need for you to provide proof of usage, or for a meter reader to call round your premises in order to take a manual reading. This will also ensure that all of your meter reading information will be up to date and accurate. So when you learn how to read your gas meter it is usually for your own personal benefit, and is not a requirement by the suppliers. Saying this, it is still beneficial to you if you conduct regular checks of your smart meter. In 2019, the government began distributing Smart Meters around the UK. Since this, most small businesses have been able to get a smart meter installed free of charge. Check your eligibility here.
  • How do I know if I have a Smart Gas Meter? The easiest way to tell if you have a smart meter is on the digital display that shows your Kilowatt hours, or kWh (more on kWh later) and pounds and pence that you have spent. If you do not have a smart meter, your business may be eligible for one. Find out more on the governments smart meter roll out.
  • How do I read my Smart Gas Meter?
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has a keypad, then press 9 until you see ‘VOLUME’ on the screen.
  • 2. As a result of this, your reading will then appear as a row of digits, such as 00042.3. It will then read M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would then be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has A & B buttons, turn on the display by pressing the red ‘A’ or black ‘B’.
  • 2. You should get your reading as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) straight away, possibly underneath ‘METER INDEX’.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has a left arrow, a circle and a right arrow, press the middle circle button.
  • 2. Along the top of the screen will read ‘current meter reading’.
  • 3. Your reading will then appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) and will say M3 at the bottom.
  • 4. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 5. As an example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has 3 square red buttons – they are sometimes labelled A B & C. If not: left, middle, right.
  • 2. Press ‘A’ or the left button.
  • 3. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 4. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 5. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has an orange arrow button and a blue arrow button, press the orange button.
  • 2. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.
  • 1. If your Smart Gas Meter has two white buttons side by side, press the button on the right. This sometimes is marked as ‘OK’.
  • 2. Your reading will appear as a row of digits (such as 00042.3) with M3 at the bottom.
  • 3. If there is a decimal point, do not count any numbers after it.
  • 4. For example, your reading would be 00042 in kWh.

Digital Gas Meters

  • Digital Gas Meters have a numerical display in which you take your reading. There are single rate and double rate meters. There are more numbers to read with a double rate meter, as it takes two different readings for different time frames (peak and off-peak). This is in comparison to a single rate meter reads from a single continuous time frame, with one set charge. Digital Gas Meters are still used widely around the UK.
  • How do I know if I have a Digital Gas Meter? A single rate Digital Gas Meter can look similar to a smart meter, so it’s best to contact your provider to make sure of your meter type. A double rate meter will usually have two reader displays, sometimes labelled ‘low/night’ and ‘normal/day’.
  • How do I read my Digital Gas Meter?
  • 1. If your business has a single rate Digital Gas Meter, your reading will display as a row of five digits (such as 29876).
  • 2. If there are any numbers in red, do not count these as a part of your reading.
  • 1. If your business has a double rate Digital Gas Meter, you will have two readings as two rows of five digits.
  • 2. If there are any numbers in red in either reading, do not count these as a part of it.
  • 1. If your business has a single display double rate Digital Gas Meter, you may need to press a button to show each reading.
  • 2. Make a note of each reading which consists of a row of five digits, as they appear.
  • 3. If there are any numbers in red in either reading, do not count these as a part of it.

Dial Gas Meter

  • Dial Gas Meters are an older yet still quite common type of meter in the UK. Reading a Dial Gas Meter is more of a complex process than some of the more modern meters that you get today. so learning how to read your gas meter, especially a dial gas meter is essential if you want to save yourself money. They are made up of a series of dials – which look like small clock faces that count from 0 to 9 – that when combined together give the overall reading.
  • How do I read my Dial Gas Meter?
  • Whatever number that the dial hand is pointing to, note down the numbers on the first five dial faces and put them together into a row of digits.
  • If the dial hand is in between 2 numbers, then you can read the lowest number of the two.
  • Bring the underlined number down by one if the dial is completely on the number. Then note this down and underline the number.
  • If you have underlined a number, and the number on the dial next to it is in between 9 and 0, then . So if you noted 3, bring it down to 2.
  • Any dials that are labelled as 1/10, do not count these as part of your reading.

Prepayment Gas Meters

  • Prepayment Gas Meters are a type of ‘pay as you go’ meter. You pre-pay for your gas on a gas card and keep topping it up as and when you need to. You can top up your gas prepayment card or fob at your local Payzone, Post Office, and some Off-Licences. Around 4 million UK businesses or households have a prepayment meter today. The older pre-payment meters sometimes come with a coin slot, where you put your money directly into it, but these are quite rare nowadays. The rate that you pay for gas on a pre payment meter usually costs more than other meters, as it increases the workload of the suppliers. While having a pre-payment meter is great way to keep on top of your gas and be in total control of it, other tariffs may be a better option if you wish to get the cheapest rates on your gas and save money.
  • How do you read your Gas Meter?
  • Your Prepayment Gas Meter should have two buttons labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’.
  • To begin, press ‘A’.
  • There are three settings to cycle through by pressing A each time to change the setting.
  • The first setting is the credit screen, which shows you how much credit there is available on your meter.
  • The second setting is the ‘OWED’ screen. In shortage emergencies, you are allowed to borrow up to £10 worth of gas. The ‘owed’ screen will update you on this if you activate emergency gas credit.
  • The third setting gives you your meter reading. It will display as a row of five digits (such as 29876).
  • If there are any numbers in red, do not count these as a part of your reading.
  • Further details on your gas credit card
  • Insert your gas credit card.
  • The meter will say ‘Please wait…’, you’ll hear a beep, and then it will give your gas credit card amount.
  • You will be able to work through various display screens with the following different functions:
  • Total General Debt
  • If you owe any debt on your gas, 30% of every top up will be taken to pay off this debt until it is fully completed. This function will tell you how much you owe.
  • Most recent meter top up
  • This will tell you the date of your last top up and how much you topped it up by.
  • Last amount that it took to repay emergency credit
  • This will tell you the date of your last emergency credit repayment and the amount you paid.
  • Card Reference Number
  • Current Time and Date
  • When removing your gas credit card, press and hold the ‘A’ until you hear another beep.

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How do I submit my meter reading once I’ve completed it?

With the exception of Smart Meters, if your business has any other type of meter, you will be required to submit its reading, therefore learning how to read your gas meter is essential. The first thing that you can do is make sure that your reading matches up to the estimated reading on your most recent gas bill. If they do not match up then you’re able to get a refund.

If everything seems to be accurate, then you can submit your reading in different ways depending on your supplier. You may be able to submit your reading through their website or app, or you may be able to do it over the phone. The supplier should make their methods of submission clear to you in recent bills or in your account online.

Understanding Kilowatt Hours (kWh)

A Kilowatt (kW) of gas is 1,000 watts of gas. A Kilowatt Hour (kWh) is the amount of time it takes your meter to reach 1,000 kilowatts. For example, if your meter uses 500 watts per hour, it will take two hours for it to reach 1,000 watts – or a kilowatt. That would mean that your meter would be on 2 kWh for that period of time. On average, a micro business uses 27 kWh per day, with a small business using 68 kWh a day, a medium business using 136 kWh a day, with a large business surpassing these figures as an open ended amount, depending on how large the business is.

What do I need to know when reading my gas bill?

There are various factors that are taken into account when it is decided how much you are charged on your business gas bill:

  • In the UK, there are 13 local gas distribution zones. Depending on which of these zones that you live in, you will be charged with relation to their daily billing reports.

  • Gas expands in the heat, and so the current temperature can relate to your bill. If the meter on your premises is outside, this could reduce your gas rate, as less gas will be used. Most suppliers use a basic temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, unless your meter is outside.

  • If your premises is at sea level, you will get more gas for your money. Another element that effects the expansion of gas is air pressure. This means that if you are at a lower altitude then you will benefit from this. Gas companies use an average height of 67.5m above sea level, unless of course you are lower.

How do I check if my Business Gas Meter is faulty?

It is the UK law for your meter to report its readings within a 2% accuracy range. So if your reading doesn’t seem correct, then we recommend getting in touch with your supplier who can come to fix or replace it. Whilst testing is free, some suppliers may charge for repair or replacement.

Do you think that you’re paying too much for your Business Gas?

Here at Bright Utilities, we are very confident that we are able to reduce your business gas rates by up to 45%. All that you have to do is start a quote today to compare your business gas options in 60 seconds. Enter your details, and our advanced software will search the market for the best business gas suppliers for you. One of our dedicated team members will be in touch to finalise your switch. Leave it to us to do all of the leg work. We’ll even notify your new supplier on behalf of you!

As well as this, we a proud to be partnering with the International Tree Foundation since January in 2020, where if your business switches your supplier with us here at Bright Utilities, we will plant 10 trees in the name of your company. The International Tree Foundation (ITF) has been a pioneering environmental establishment since 1922, and together we can work to contribute to forest restoration around the world.

If you are happy with our service and we successfully reduce your gas bill for you, we are also able to reduce your business water and electricity rates. You can consider us as an additional member of your team who has your financial reductions in our best interests. Get in touch today and see how we can help you!

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Commercial Gas Suppliers, Rates and Costs

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Keeping on top of outgoings is one of the most time consuming yet essential tasks as a commercial business owner. It’s important to cut your costs wherever possible in order to free up capital. When it comes to your commercial gas supplier and your bill, this is no different.

There are a wide variety of tariffs available from different commercial gas suppliers. We’re here to explore these in relation to rates and costs for small to large businesses.

Small to large businesses costs

There are a variety of factors that decide your commercial gas rates. One main factor is the business bracket that you fall under. If you earn over £300,000 per year, you are classed as a large business. You can naturally expect to pay a higher gas rate due to the more complex requirements of a large business. You can expect to be charged around £3,139 per year, but it also depends on your gas consumption (measured in kWh). The £3,139 figure relates to a consumption rate of 75,000 kWh.

Small and medium businesses that earn under £300,000 a year (also known as SME’s) will pay less relating to their consumption. 15,000 kWh – 35,000 kWh tends to be around £706 – £1,551 per year.

Renewal windows

When your current gas bill is approaching the end of its deal, there is a period of time (usually between 6 months and a year) where you can negotiate your new gas bill agreement with suppliers that will begin once the current one runs out. During this period, your current commercial gas supplier will likely be in touch with a contract renewal offer.

An average of just 33% of small to medium businesses choose to change their suppliers during the renewal window. This means that a lot of owners could have missed out on saving on their business costs. It might initially seem like the right choice to stay with your commercial gas supplier for the sake of ease. But there is a good chance that you could really benefit from assessing the market during each renewal window. Current supplier rates are rarely competitive if you have been with them for a while. We recommend checking commercial gas rates twice a year to stay up to date with the market.

 

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Rates and tariffs

It’s important to assess your own personal situation to help identify where you can save money. When it comes to gas tariffs and their rates, there are some options which are better than others. The two most applied tariffs are a fixed rate tariff and a deemed rate tariff.

  • Fixed rate tariffs – This is likely the best tariff for your business. You pre-agree your rate and pay it over the full length of your contract. If you are not on a fixed rate tariff, we advise switching to one as soon as possible.
  • Deemed rate tariffs – You will likely end up in a deemed rate tariff if you do not make a new deal on your gas bill during the renewal period. This is a monthly rolling contract in which you pay inflated rates. The good news is that if you are in one of these contracts, you can switch at a month’s notice.

Unit costs and standing charges

Other cost related factors are your business location, premises size, your consumption levels (measured in kWh) and your type of gas meter.

This all falls under two costs that make up your overall gas bill. The unit cost is the first, which is the measurement of gas used in kWh. The second cost is the standing charge which is basically a maintenance charge for the service of providing your business with gas.

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Here at Bright Utilities, we have direct access to the top suppliers in the country. We are confident that we can pair you with the cheapest commercial gas supplier possible. Start a quote today, and one of our dedicated team members will be in touch to begin comparing the best gas deals on the market.

The world of commercial gas is constantly evolving. We will take a look at what you are currently paying, and aim to save you up to 45% on it. Consider us as an additional member of your team who has your financial reductions in our best interests. Compare commercial gas suppliers today! Learn more about how to save money on your gas bill here

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How To Find The Best Business Water Suppliers?

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So you want to know how to find the best business water supplier? In 2017, the Government changed their policies on businesses that were previously required to get their water from set suppliers. Because of this the market was blown wide open for suppliers who were able to offer more reduced and competitive rates. And also built an industry within the business water sector. Of course, with this great news came a daunting amount of choices for business owners to make.

Baring in mind that it only came to light four years ago. Therefore it is still a very young industry. We’re here to walk you through the rapidly shifting world of business water. And also keep you in the loop as it develops.

How to find out your water supplier

To begin, if you want to find the best business water supplier. It’s worth finding out everything that you can about your current provider for your business premises. You can use a postcode checker or contact any water retailer who can check for you.

It could be worth trying to negotiate a better deal with your current supplier. This is because some may be willing to reduce their rates if you tell them that you have found cheaper options elsewhere. Therefore, Before proceeding with any business water related enquiries, we recommend getting a water audit. This is basically a detailed assessment of your businesses water usage. It will make you aware of your water costs and you’ll have an idea of where money can be saved.

Change water supplier

If you are unable to reduce your current suppliers rate, Bright Utilities offers access to a vast network of water providers. This may be a better option for you and your company as this can help you find the best business water supplier for you. Start a quote today and one of our friendly members of staff will be in touch. We compare all of the best deals on the market through our software, acting on behalf of you to help secure the deal. Consider us as an additional member of your business who has your financial reductions in our best interest. If at the end, you’re happy with your new business water bill (which we’re pretty sure that you will be) we also offer services to help reduce your gas and electric too.

Are Business Water Rates Cheaper Than Domestic?

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Are business water rates cheaper than domestic? In short, yes. However there are many different factors to be taken into account. These are related to policies by UK water regulators Ofwat. Some factors include the nature of your business, the usage of water within it (usually measured through a meter) and the value of your property. Different businesses may require different tariffs with relation to their own unique demands. In 2017, the government lifted policies that allowed businesses to switch providers at their will. Before this, they had to go through set providers with no option to switch. This means that it has become a very competitive market with many suppliers offering vastly reduced business water rates.

Of course, a lot of business premises are larger and cater for more people than a domestic household, so the water bill is likely to be higher for obvious reasons. However, the rate that you pay for your business water will likely be cheaper.

Ofwat regulate these water rates on a yearly basis, so it’s a constantly shifting industry. This in turn makes it quite an open ended market, which requires consistent analysis. This can be difficult without expert help. Here at Bright Utilities we constantly have an ear to the ground, so we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at the different tariffs when making business water charges cheaper

If your business is of a significant size, you could be able to use a large or intermediate user tariff. This can result in a cheaper water bill if your business uses a lot of water. Some of these tariffs have no extra charge when your water consumption goes above a certain amount.

Are business water rates cheaper than domestic? Every business is different. It could be the case that your companies water usage levels relate to the changes in weather. A seasonal tariff is available in this instance, where your water rate changes throughout the year, with relation to your differing meter readings.

If you are fully aware of your business water consumption rates, you may be willing to sign up to a deal which requires more discipline. This is known as a subscribed demand tariff. You will be required to provide your water company with a maximum daily demand forecast at the beginning of the year. This would be beneficial if you want an efficient and organised water consumption rate. However, penalties may apply if you fail to meet these limits, so it is important to be very clear on your water rates.

An interruptible tariff is available for business owners who could agree to reduce their water supply at given moments in return for a cheaper water bill.

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Business water has only really become an industry over the past four years. Because of this, there are still developments ongoing. You may be unaware of just how much can be saved on your business water bill. It can run into the thousands. Start a free quote today with us at Bright Utilities and allow us to compare your business water bill with our network of suppliers. They could be offering huge reductions. One of our friendly members of staff will work to secure the best deal possible for you and your business.

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How to Reduce Water Consumption at Work?

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So you are probably wondering how to reduce water consumption at work. Here in the UK, there is something of a shortage of water that is available per person. This might come as a surprise considering how much rain we have every year. 

It’s down to the fact that as a nation, we do not have as many resources available to collect, purify and distribute water as a product to consumers – which is practically all of us here in the UK! This means that water is known as a finite resource, which means that we need to reduce our consumption of it wherever we can. According to Maintain Drains there is around 3.5 billion litres of water wasted every single day, at an average of 150 litres per person – so there is still plenty of room for improvement for the majority of us.  

This doesn’t only apply to when you’re at home with your personal water bill, but also when in the workplace. Making efforts to watch your water usage will not only result in a more positive workplace environmentally, but also financially. This will benefit both business owners and employees alike, as the more money saved means more space for funding. (such as with wages or other company benefits.) If you heat your water at work – reducing your water will also mean that you are reducing your energy too. 

Reduce water consumption at work as a business owner

  • As a business owner, it could be useful to apply an incentive within your company to limit the water usage. This will also to reward your staff in the process. Putting up signs and raising general awareness of the water efficient stance within the company can help achieve this. 
  • Identify and fix any leaks as soon as possible. Conduct regular maintenance checks of the whole premises – both inside and outside. This ensures that your water systems are in full working order. Just one leak in a pipe can result in a loss of up to 20 gallons of water per day.             
  • If you have not yet done so, install a meter. This will result in you paying the correct amount in relation to your companies water usage. Unmetered customers play a standard fixed rate, which will likely be more than you could be paying with a meter.
  • If you do have a meter – great! Just make sure that you conduct regular meter readings. This is to provide an up to date and accurate reading to your supplier, who will then charge you accordingly. If you do not conduct regular checks, then you will be charged for an estimated amount. This could mean that your water saving efforts are overlooked in your bill. Regular meter readings can also make it easier to identify leaks in the premises. It is good to also complete a water audit. This is similar to a water reading, but is a more detailed assessment of your business water use, allowing you to take control of your business water use. 
  • Investing in more water efficient plumbing is another sure fire way to reduce your consumption of water. It is possible to install low flow piping, toilets, sinks and any other outlets within your premises. 
  • Seek advice from water efficient organisations such as Enworks, who are available to grow businesses in more environmentally and economically friendly ways. 

  • You could even pay less tax if your business makes use of more environmentally friendly products. 

  • Switch business water providers. We’ll expand on this in more detail below. 

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When you go greener with your business water consumption, everyone’s a winner.

Now, if you have made all of these adjustments to your business water consumption infrastructure, but your water bill is still having a significant effect on your outgoings – then it is time to switch providers.

Here at Bright Utilities, we are able to use our advanced software to search the business water market and show you all of the best deals available to you and your company. Start a quote today, and one of our dedicated members of staff will work with you every step of the way. Once you have identified a provider who can save you more money, we will act on behalf of in order to secure the deal and work through all of the finer details. Consider us as an additional member of your team who has your best interests at the core of everything that we do. We want to cultivate an ongoing relationship with you and  help you reduce not only your water, but your gas and energy bills too. Get in touch!

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