Every business wants to save money and increase the bottom line. Comparing prices for business gas tariffs is the best way to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Unlike domestic plans, commercial gas tariffs are slightly more complicated. British Business Energy specialises in finding the beat business gas deals for your business, including bespoke packages.
Everything from usage to location can have an impact on the rate your business gas prices. Our business gas comparison tool takes this into account to ensure an accurate quote.
You can see sample business gas tariffs below from the UK’s largest energy companies. These prices are based on deemed rates and thus are the highest price you’d ever likely pay (although sometimes companies will charge even more for out-of-contract plans).
Business Gas Prices*
(Pence per day)
* Notes about tariff comparison (Updated 11/01/2021): Prices were believed accurate at the time of publication (11 Jan 2021) and are based on small non-daily meter users based on deemed contract rates and include standing charge and price per kwh (unit price). If prices varied by region, then prices are based on London. If consumption was included, the price is for consumption below 73,200kWh per year. The first 6 companies are one of the big six energy companies. Data sources can be found at the bottom of this page. Getting a quote for a fixed term contract should result in much lower rates. While we attempted to provide the most accurate information possible we take no responsibility for any inaccurate pricing displayed here. Contracts and prices are the sole prerogative of the energy companies themselves and we have no control over them.
How to get a Cheaper Business Gas Tariff?
Most companies decide to sign a fixed business gas contract. This means that the price is guaranteed throughout the term of the contract. In most cases, this will save the largest amount of money on business gas. However, each business is unique. Fixed term contracts do not offer flexibility. If you suspect that business gas prices may go down in the near future, you may want to hedge your bets on a variable contract until you can lock-in a cheaper deal.
You should always check the small print with longer term contracts as the cost of getting out of them can be very high if you wish to cancel early.
Fixed term business gas contracts can often be as much as much as 60% cheaper than alternative plans.
Alternately, you may also want to consider switching to suppliers to an independent company. They can sometimes offer much more competitive business gas rates in comparison to the big six. For example, customers in the Yorkshire & North East England can pay as little as 3.08p/kWh with business gas contract with Bulb.
What else affects the cost of business gas?
While getting a fixed term contract is the single best way to save on your commercial gas contract, it’s not the only thing that will affect your bill. The wholesale price of gas is the single biggest component.
The following will also have an impact on your rates.
Maintenance & Care Plans
Some suppliers will offer to include maintenance and care of your commercial gas system as part of their contract. Just be sure and check to see how much this will cost you and if it represents the best value for money. The priority should be to find a supplier with the best business gas rates.
In general, the more gas you use the more you’ll end up paying. However, the cost per kWh (unit costs) of gas generally falls as usage increases. Therefore, it’s important you have a general idea of how much gas you’re likely to be using, to get an accurate quote for the lowest price.
Also, be aware if you use less than 293,000 kWh of gas per year, you may be considered a micro-business by Ofgem.
At the end of your fixed term contract, you might end up getting rolled over into a more expensive deemed rate contract. It’s important that you pay attention to when your contracts up for renewal to get the best business gas tariff.
Bundled Business Gas Plans
Some UK energy companies will offer you lower business gas prices if you also have a commercial electricity contract with them. So if you’re in the market for both gas and electricity it can make sense to bundle them together and buy from one supplier. You will get a better deal and your renewal will be due at the same time.
5 Things To Write Down Before Getting a Business Gas Quote
- Write down your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number)
- Write down your annual business gas usage (if you know it)
- Write down when you’re most likely to be using gas
- Write down your business electricityusage if you’re interested in a bundled plan
- Write down the date your current contract expires (if you have one)
Having these things handy will make it much easier for suppliers to give you an accurate commercial gas quote at the best possible price.
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Green Business Gas
It’s never been more important for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Switching to a green business gas tariff is a huge step forward. Green gas is produced through a natural process called anaerobic digestion. This essentially means that organic material is converted to biomethane.
Green gas is made from several biodegradable materials and the process for each differs. Once anaerobic digestion is complete, CO2 is removed and subject to meeting gas quality requirements. Once these standards have been met, it enters the national grid.
Whilst doing your part for the planet, benefits of supporting green business gas includes increased corporate social responsibility messaging and can often present better business gas deals.
Ready to save money? Compare business gas suppliers with British Business Energy to find a better deal and reduce your gas bills.