Business Utilities: A Guide

When it comes to the company budget, business utilities are one of those necessities that can't be written off. All companies need gas and/or electricity to complete its day to day functions, so what's important is finding the provider that's right for you, keeping costs as low as possible while ensuring a reliable service.

Getting A Quote

When it comes to assessing the cost of business utilities, it's important to get as accurate a quote as possible. Utilities Direct offers a great quoting service which is quick, easy and provided in seconds. All that's required is your MPAN number (Meter Point Access Number) which is found on the bill sent by your current energy provider. Once you've got that, you simply enter it into Utilities Direct's website along with your email and telephone number and you'll receive a quote comparing over a dozen power providers including British Gas, E-ON, Opus Energy, EDF, Scottish Power and SSE.
Prices on Utilities Direct are regularly updated (sometimes even daily) so the most accurate assessment is just a click away. You also may check with Utilitybidder for the best tariffs but they require your name, business name and telephone number.

Monitoring Energy Consumption

It's easy to consider energy “out of sight, out of mind” – but it's certainly not out of sight when the bill comes in. For this reason it's important to keep on top of monitoring energy consumption – it'll save you money in the long run. In order for a business to thrive it has to make as much money as possible while losing as little as possible; this applies to every aspect of business, including utilities.
Depending on your energy provider, there are a variety of options available. Most providers will offer ways to reduce energy consumption, and some will even provide equipment for monitoring it, showing you how and when you're saving money.Some providers may come up with a new tariff offer but be informed that you could switch to a better tariff plan from a new provider and that could save you a huge amount on your budget. And for most businesses electricity is really important but also very costly.

Saving Energy At Work

Tips for saving energy at work include :
Ensuring all electrical equipment and devices are turned off at the end of the day. There is often the temptation to leave such devices on standby mode, but this still uses electricity.
Compact fluorescent lighting is a lot less harsh on energy consumption – in fact, compact bulbs use around 25% less electricity than standard bulbs. You might also consider utilizing natural lighting, which does not require any electricity at all.
Installing water-saving taps and toilets.
Installing timers on the likes of heaters and air conditioners, eliminating the chance of human error (e.g. forgetting to turn off the system).
Ensuring the walls and ceiling have adequate insulation. A huge amount of energy is lost through walls and ceilings that are not sufficiently insulated, so it's important to keep on top of this, and to make sure the surrounding areas are properly sealed.
It's also extremely important to educate employees. A business owner can intend to save energy, but if this mantra isn't shared by the employees, their efforts may wind up fruitless. Employees come in great numbers and can be a massive drain on energy if bad habits are not corrected.