As one of the Big Six energy companies in the UK you can expect the full service that comes with being a major player. It offers 24/7 access to its online management tools as well as access to live chat 24/7 which is a tool smaller companies can’t offer. It also has free dedicated UK business advisers and an energy app which making checking your energy usage even easier.
The company offers two tariffs for business. Fixed which is ideal for those who prefer price security. The contract length can be fixed to suit your needs and the price is usually cheaper than the variable contracts available. A key benefit of this is that if your business pays by direct debit you get an additional 7% off (discount is applied before VAT and CCL costs). At the of the fixed term, which can be up to four years, you can automatically renew or, of course, switch to another supplier – which is where Utility Bidder comes in.
If you would prefer not to fix, its flexible business energy contract offers more flexibility and means you have no commitments. This give you time to weigh up your options and it has no exit fees so you are free to leave at any time, providing you have no outstanding balance.
EDF also have an option especially for new start-up businesses. This recognizes that moving into new premises and starting a new venture means you have a lot to sort out. This option means you just have to take a short term fixed contract of between 6 – 9 months while you get a few months breathing space to decide what you want to do. This is a great idea that doesn’t commit your business to an energy provider and gives you time to speak to a broker like Utility Bidder who can find you the best price for your gas and electricity new business.
Like most energy providers EDF is also now playing its part to encourage businesses to use more sustainable energy. In the first step for going low-carbon EDF can offer remote monitoring which looks at consumption, patterns and equipment. It will then build an energy profile for your business and suggest changes and improvements that make an impact on usage. The next level would be to install hardware on site which takes continuous readings.
Businesses can also decide to become Demand Side Responsive. DSR will see businesses reducing or shifting their electricity demand at peak times. EDF’s Power Shift platform rewards business who can be this flexible. This generates revenue for your business, adds to your sustainability credentials, helps you understand your usage and save on your energy bills.
EDF only works with third party intermediaries like Utility Bidder who pass its strict vetting process and they hold us to a very high standard in order to enjoy preferred supplier status.