Switching your business energy supplier
If you are a business consumer, switching energy supplier or setting up a new account as soon as you move into new premises can make a big impact on cutting your bills.
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Whatever your business, the following hints and tips will help you when you’re comparing deals and switching to a new supplier. ( Content courtesy of Ofgem)
Talk to suppliers
Ask your own supplier if it has any better offers. This will give you something to use as a benchmark when looking at other deals. Note that if you are consuming energy on a default – or deemed – tariff, your supplier has an obligation to take all reasonable steps to tell you about other available contracts and how you can get information on these.
Check your meter
Taking regular meter readings will help build up a picture of your consumption over time. You may need to know your consumption so that other suppliers can provide a quote for you.
Your meter has unique registration numbers: the MPAN (meter point administration number for electricity meters) and MPRN (meter point reference number for gas meters). Give these to your new supplier. You can find them on your meter, as well as on your bill.
Know your contract
Make sure you know the terms of your current contract.
For example, how long before your existing contract ends can you tell your supplier that you want to switch? Many contracts will only allow you to do this at certain times.
When you are talking to a competing supplier ask them to explain the terms and conditions of their deal so you can make sure you fully understand them before you sign up.
Most business deals do not offer a cooling off period (this is the option of cancelling a contract within a certain amount of days after it is agreed). This includes when you have agreed to the contract over the telephone. So be sure that you are fully happy with all the terms and conditions before you agree to it.
Further information on energy contracts for business consumers is available in our fact sheet.
Can suppliers object to switching?
Your current supplier can object to you switching, but only under specific circumstances, which will be set out in your contract.
Some typical reasons include:
- if you are in debt with your supplier
- if you are still bound by your contract, because you are on a fixed term contract where the term has not run out.
But your supplier cannot object if:
- you are not signed up to any contract because you are on a deemed contract
- your contract has expired and you are not bound by its terms.
If your current supplier does object to your switch, they are under licence obligations to tell you this as soon as possible. They must also tell you:
- the reason why they have objected
- how you can resolve this if you think you have a case.
Should you require any more information about switching business energy providers then please feel free to contact Business Sense…