Compare business gas prices
Whether you run a tiny tea room, or a group of gastropubs, you’ll need a good deal on business gas to make sure you’re not paying over odds for your energy – but if you’ve not switched supplier recently, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.
Before you switch, though, it’s worth knowing a bit more about how business gas contracts work – although the switching process is pretty much the same as when you switch domestic supplier, there are a few differences you’ll need to be aware of.
How to switch business gas suppliers
Switching to a better business gas deal is quick and easy with MoneySuperMarket – a ten-minute call with one of our energy experts is all it takes to give us the information we need to compare what’s on offer and handle the switch from start to finish.
Our switching service is completely free and impartial, so it won’t cost you a single penny or a second more of your time to search the entire energy market. Give us a call now on 0800 088 6986. Or, if you prefer, leave us a few details, and we’ll give you a call back.
When you speak with our energy experts, you’ll need to give them a few details about your business and its energy use - the more accurate this information the more accurate our quotes, so grab your latest bill and make a note of the following:
- The name of your current gas supplier
- The name of your tariff, and its end date
- Your supply type
- How much gas your business uses
Once our energy experts have all this information, they will gather together the best value tariffs available, so you can make an informed decision on who will be supplying your gas. Simply let us know which deal you prefer, and we’ll set up your new contract with your new supplier.
It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to agree on a new deal until your current one has entered its ‘renewal window’ – for more information, check out How to switch business gas and electricity.
Why switch business gas supplier?
Unlike domestic energy deals, there are no off-the-shelf tariffs, and all commercial contracts are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual business.
But switching to a better-priced business gas tariff is a quick and easy way to cut costs, and it won’t impact the day-to-day running of your business – the gas still makes its way in through the existing pipes, meaning there’s no need for any digging or drilling at your workplace, and there’ll be no interruption to your supply.
Switching to a new deal also means you can choose the type of tariff you’re on. If you’ve just moved into a new business premises, or been stuck with the same supplier for years, you’ll have been placed on an expensive deemed rates or rollover tariff, but making the switch means you can choose between a better-priced fixed or flexible rate tariff.
Fixed rate tariffs are generally the more popular option, as they protect against price rises and make for more straightforward monthly budgeting, as costs remain more or less the same (depending upon consumption).
On the other hand, you might prefer a flexible tariff, which could see your energy bills drop if there is a fall in wholesale gas prices, and your supplier decides to pass on these savings – unfortunately, even if there is a drop in wholesale prices, there’s no guarantee your supplier will lower the rate you pay.
One big advantage of flexible tariffs is that some allow you to give just 30-days’ notice before switching, which could be ideal if you’re at a premises with a short-term lease, or run a pop-up shop. If you’re on a fixed tariff, you often have to give up to six months’ notice.
What happens when you switch business gas?
Once you’ve agreed to sign up with a new supplier, you can sit back and relax until the day of the switch. Your details will be passed on to your new supplier, and they will then sort out the rest of the switch with your current supplier.
Your new supplier will send you details of the switchover date and a copy of your energy contract. Be sure to thoroughly check the details, as there’s usually no cooling-off period with business energy contracts.
When everything is agreed, you’ll just need to take a meter reading on the day of the switch, and make sure any outstanding bills have been paid – your old supplier can block your switch if you owe them money.
What if you run your business from home?
If you work from home, you won’t be eligible for a business gas deal unless more than 50% of your energy use is for your business. This threshold can vary, between suppliers though, so it’s worth contacting your supplier to find out if a commercial tariff could save you money.
If you can’t take out a business tariff, just make sure you’re on the best domestic energy deal.
Why switch business gas suppliers with MoneySuperMarket?
Our energy experts make it easy for you to switch to the best business gas deal by comparing all the available tariffs to find one that exactly suits the needs and budget of your business. No matter how much gas your business uses during working hours, we can help to lower your bills.
Our switching service is completely free and impartial, meaning it won’t cost you a penny to compare the deals from across the entire energy market, including the big six and all the smaller suppliers.
How can MoneySuperMarket get you cheaper business gas rates?
In short, we make it easy for you to compare gas quotes from across the market, so you can choose the best one for your business.
Business energy can be complex, especially as dual fuel tariffs aren’t really available and you need to source your gas and electricity on separate tariffs. Plus, businesses use more energy than homes, and costs can vary between suppliers, tariffs, types of business, and so on. To reflect that, quotes are bespoke to each business – and can take a while to gather.
MoneySuperMarket makes that process quick and easy for you. Just give us your business’ details, and we’ll do the hard work of gathering quotes from the suppliers we work with.
What contributes towards the cost of business gas?
Suppliers calculate the cost of your business gas based on a few factors. They include:
- The type of business
- The sector you operate in
- The size of your business
- Your location
Costs are also depend on the type of tariff you choose. The main kinds of business energy tariff are:
- Fixed term – Charges are set at a fixed cost for a certain length of time, usually one to four years
- Variable rate – Rates can go up or down depending on the state of the market
- Extended – When your contract runs out with your supplier, they may offer you an extended or blend tariff
- Flex approach – You bulk-buy energy in advance, giving you access to wholesale rates
- Pass through – Your bill is split between fixed wholesale rates, and other charges like National Grid and Transmission Network Use of System
- Deemed rate – This is the (often expensive) tariff you’re automatically put on if you don’t take out an energy contract
Should I be worried about the rise in energy prices?
It’s difficult to say, as the whole energy market is in flux right now.
Thankfully, at the time of writing (October 2022), there’s a little less to worry about.
The government has implemented a support package for anyone on a non-domestic energy contract. But the Energy Bill Relief Scheme is not a price cap. Instead, it will discount the unit rate you pay for business energy.
This means that although energy costs are higher than they were, businesses are protected from them spiralling further right now.
The kind of tariff you choose also plays a part in how energy price rises affect you, as some let you fix prices or buy your energy upfront for the contract period.
The scheme will run for six months from October 1, 2022. You can find out more at our Business Energy Relief Scheme guide.
How much should you pay for business gas?
If you’re unsure how much gas your business should be using, or how much its business gas rates should be, the tables below should give you a good idea.
Latest business gas prices per kWh
|Business size||Average annual usage (kWh)||Price (per kWh)||Standing charge (daily)||Annual bill|
|Micro business||5,000 - 15,000||18.6p||66.6p||£2,103|
|Small business||15,000 - 30,000||13.1p||134.2p||£3,438|
|Medium business||30,000 - 65,000||16.2p||179.6p||£8,350|
Note: Rates may vary according to your meter type and business location. Current market volatility may also mean that the prices you’re quoted are different from the averages shown. The figures shown are the average unit rates and standing charges quoted by Bionic per business size from January 3 to January 6, 2023. Rates do not include any Energy Bill Relief Scheme discount.
How can I reduce the cost of my business gas? Our business gas saving tips
- Compare and switch. There’s probably a better deal out there – especially if you’ve been with the same supplier for a long time.
- Install efficient tech. Try appliances with high efficiency ratings, upgraded boilers, and other eco-friendly technology.
- Invest in your premises. Make your premises as green as possible. You can insulate the walls, ceilings, and floors, or install double glazing.
- Turn the thermostat down. Even by just one degree. Many energy savings measures you take at home work just as well for your business.
How much money could switching save your business?
The amount you can save all depends upon the size of your company, the size of its premises, the number of employees, and its overall energy efficiency.
Give our business energy experts a call now on 0800 088 6986, and run a commercial gas comparison to find out exactly how much your business could save.