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Making sure you choose the best-suited energy suppliers can sound like a time consuming and frustrating process. After all, with over 60 energy suppliers currently operating in the UK – each offering a broad selection of different tariffs, service extras and perks – the energy market has never been more complex. However, if you’ve done your research, have a procurement plan in place and use the help of an industry expert, such as Utility Bidder, selecting your new energy providers can be a simple and stress-free process.
So, whether you’re on the lookout for electricity and water suppliers for your new business premises or home, or are simply looking to switch gas providers, carry on reading this post for the top industry tips and advice relating to personal and business energy procurement.
Can I choose my electricity company?
Absolutely! The electricity industry in the UK is a free and open market, meaning you have the right to choose which electricity company you would like to supply your home or business. This means you are free to shop around and use price comparison tools to find the best suited electricity suppliers and tariffs to provide your home and business energy.
Which electricity supplier to choose?
When it comes to selecting which electricity supplier will best suit your specific needs, there are a number of factors that you should consider before you sign up and become tied into a tariff with one supplier. This is particularly important for businesses, as corporate electricity contracts tend to be fixed-term, meaning you will be unable to switch to a new provider once you have signed a contract until that deal naturally expires.
Before researching deals and comparing the market, you should first consider the following variables:
- How much electricity (in kWh) does your home/business typically use?
- When in the day does your home/business consume the most electricity?
- Are you looking for a supplier that will simply provide your home/business with the cheapest deal, or are you interested in deals with built-in service extras and perks?
- Do you want a specialist green electricity supplier that can help your home/business become more environmentally-friendly and sustainable?
Once you have answers to these basic questions, the search to find the most suitable electricity supplier for you can begin. As well as using industry-expert price comparison websites such as Utility Bidder to narrow down your search, cut through the noise and find the best deals for you, other resources such as Trustpilot and Ofgem can help you decide by providing helpful, independently-collated reviews and rankings.
How do I find the cheapest energy supplier?
Finding the cheapest energy supplier for your home or business is all about staying on top of market trends and regularly comparing the offers available to you. When it comes to domestic energy, switching suppliers if you find a better deal is usually very simple and far more common than you may think. Between January and May 2019 alone, over two million people in the UK switched gas suppliers, while almost 2.5 million changed electricity companies. Finding the cheapest deal simply requires a little bit of research and comparison work.
Although switching is not quite as straightforward for businesses, as their contracts tend to be fixed – meaning they have to wait until their contract is coming to an end before switching – the key to finding the cheapest suppliers is to watch out for industry trends and begin to compare the offers available to you when your current deals are close to expiring.
How to choose the best gas and electricity supplier
Choosing the best energy supplier to suit your specific wants and needs, rather than just looking for the cheapest deal, requires a clear plan of what you are looking for. Do you want a supplier that can help you make your household or business more eco-friendly? Do you want an innovative supplier that makes the most of new smart technology? Do you want a locally-run provider that can guarantee the best maintenance and support services? When it comes to finding the best fit, these are the questions you will need to answer first.
Once you have a clear idea of what you want from your energy supplier, you may wish to compare various suppliers and plans to find the best deal for you at the cheapest price possible. Utility Bidder can help you with this. Simply tell us your name, phone number and postcode, along with any specific requirements you may be looking for with your new supplier, and we’ll give you a call to discuss the best choices for your business.
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