What Is Average Business Energy Consumption?

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    We know that the average business uses between 15,000 and 25,000 kWh of energy annually although there are many factors that impact a business’s energy consumption including the size of the business and how it uses energy. Simply, the bigger the business, the more expensive the business energy prices.

    What is the average gas consumption for businesses?

    If you are unsure on what the average consumption is for different types of businesses, it can be difficult to know if your business is using too much.

    Knowing how much energy other businesses your size use a good way is to understand if your business is using too much. Your business gas bills will vary depending upon the size of your business and how you use more energy.

    The average annual gas usage is 10,000 kWh for microbusinesses, 25,000 kWh for small businesses and 45,000 kWh for medium sized business.

    What is the average electricity consumption for businesses?

    We have covered how what the average gas and electricity usage is for businesses but what is the average electricity consumption for businesses. Find out below:

    The average electricity usage is 5,000-15,000 kWh for micro businesses, 15,000-25,000 kWh for small businesses and 30,000-50,000 kWh for medium sized businesses.

    For businesses that use more than 100.000 kWh of electricity annually, energy suppliers will consider you a large business and handle your supply differently. For more information on this check out our information on large business utilities and contact our energy experts today.

    What is an average business energy bill?

    The average business energy bill will depend on various factors especially how much gas and electricity you use at your business. These additional factors include the number of employees, the tariff you are on and if you are eligible for VAT and government levies.

    The two figures you need to pay attention to on your energy bill include:

    • Standing charge – This is a standard daily rate to cover the cost of getting the energy to your business premises and is charged regardless you have or haven’t used gas and electricity.
    • Unit cost – This unit is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), this is the total you are charged for each unit of gas and electricity you use.

    What are the different types of tariffs available?

    We can help your business find the right business energy tariff for your specific needs that has a lower unit rate and standing charge. By cutting just one of these charges, this could lower your energy bills.

    The type of tariff your business is on will also have an affect on how costly your bills will be. There are many different business energy contracts available but choosing a fixed or variable tariff can make a big difference.

    The amount you are charged on a variable rate tariff will fluctuate based on the current energy market conditions. If prices are rising whilst on this type of energy deal, you prices will go up too even if your energy consumption is the same.

    A fixed rate tariff means the price will be fixed and you’ll pay a flat rate for each unit of energy you use. Fixed rate tariffs are beneficial as they protect you against price rises such as the spikes we are currently seeing due to the energy crisis. This also makes it easier for business owners to budget as you know you will be charged a consistent rate.

    What is an average business gas bill?

    Each business will pay a different amount for their business gas as each will have different needs and usage. Find out more below what a business gas bill looks like.

    Annually, a micro business will be charged £530, a small business will be £1,150 and a medium business will be £1,860.

    These prices may vary depending on several factors such as the type of meter and location but if your business energy bills are considerably higher than this, you may be paying more than you need to. Let us help you save money on your business utility bills, contact us today to find out more.

    What are the average business gas prices per kWh?

    Now you have an idea of the average gas consumption and bills for various businesses, it might also help to know the average gas prices per kWh.

    For microbusinesses the average price per kWh is 3.9p to 4.5p and the average standing charge is 25.00-37.0p. For a small business the average price per kWh is 3.8 to 4.5p and the average standing charge is 25.0-45.0p. For medium businesses the average price per kWh is 3.4p to 4.2p and the average standing charge is 25.0 to 61.0p.

    What is an average business electric bill?

    We will now explain what an average electricity bill looks like for different size businesses. The average electricity bill annually for a microbusiness is £1,834, for small businesses it is £3,468 and for medium businesses it is £6,705.

    What are the average business electricity prices per kWh?

    To get a better understanding on whether you are paying to much for your business energy, we will need look at the average business electricity prices per kWh. Micro businesses average price per kWh is 16.6p to 18.0p and the standing charge is 25.0p to 32.5p. The small business average price per kWh is 16.2p to 17.7p and the standing charge is 25.0 to 34.5p. Medium businesses average price per kWh is 16.0p to 17.0p and the standing charge is 25.0p to 33.8p. Although, it is important to remember that prices will fluctuate depending on the current market condition.

    What are the average business electricity rates for different sectors?

    Many businesses have never switched business energy suppliers and will most likely be overpaying on their electricity bills. We can help you compare energy prices and switch business energy suppliers.

    Below we have listed the business energy costs for each sector such as restaurants, hair salons, farms, dentists and newsagents.

    Coffee Shop – Unit Rate – 13.42p, Standing Charge – 26.70p and Annual Cost – £2,109

    Hair Salon – Unit Rate – 13.88p, Standing Charge – 27.23p and Annual Cost – £2,182

    Small Farm – Unit Rate – 14.19p, Standing Charge – 24.21p and Annual Cost – £2,218

    Dental Surgery – Unit Rate – 13.84p, Standing Charge – 27.61p and Annual Cost – £2,176

    Restaurant – Unit Rate – 14.87p, Standing Charge – 25.46p and Annual Cost – £3,067

    Newsagent – Unit Rate – 14.51p, Standing Charge – 24.28p and Annual Cost – £1,830

    How to save on your business energy bills

    Reducing the amount of gas and electricity your business uses is the most effective way to reduce the amount you spend on your electricity bills. The quickest and easiest way to lower your bills is to switch to a cheaper rate. Our energy experts can help you switch to a cheaper tariff and find the right deal for your businesses to help your business improve energy savings.

    It is important to secure a new energy deal before your current one expires otherwise your energy supplier will place you on deemed rates which are considerably more expensive. To ensure you never pay more than you need to is to keep track on your contract end date and switch during the correct time. We understand this can be a time-consuming job that many business owners dont have time to do which is where Utility Bidder can help. We can take care of your renewals and ensure you never pay too much for your business energy. Once you have the correct contract in place you can then think about other ways to make your business more energy efficient.

    How to reduce your business energy consumption

    There are several actions businesses can do inhouse to reduce their average business energy consumption and save on their energy bills. Examples of these include:

    • Install energy efficient equipment
    • Switch to energy efficient lighting
    • Carry out an energy audit
    • Discuss with employees how they can save energy
    • Install energy generation equipment

    Energy efficiency tips will be different for each business but even making a few small changes can make a big difference. For more information on how your business can save on their energy bills, get in touch today to speak to one of our expert energy consultants.

     

    *All figures will fluctuate dependant on the current energy market conditions.

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