Large Business Energy and Utilities
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A decade of experience in the corporate and SME markets means that we are expertly equipped to understand individual business requirements.
No two businesses are the same. Which is why we specialise in identifying specific requirements and providing bespoke solutions. Our strength is long term business relationships, gained by trust and an intrinsic knowledge of each unique client’s business.
P272 - Mandatory Half-Hourly Settlement
Having a half hourly meter installed should make your billing more accurate by measuring your consumption 48 times a day. However, some argue that the upgraded meter is only beneficial to those that actively analyse the data to understand when and how they can reduce their consumption. Analysing times of high usage – are you on the right contract? Off-peak and peak times have different chargeable rates. You can then look at shifting some production to when your rates are lower. If you are unsure about this then we can take a look at your bills for you.
The legislation unfortunately brings additional charges to your business as half hourly meters need to be maintained and the data needs to be transmitted to the supplier.
In short, having to pay expensive MOP and KVA charges can be prolonged for anywhere between a few months and 3 years depending on when and how you agree your next contract.
By using an experienced energy consultant for your next contract will ensure that you extend having to pay the additional charges (saving you a significant amount of money) and offer you advice and guidance on the legislation change. Something that will only need to be addressed when your agreement comes to an end. Your consultant will also guide you through timescales, charges, the additional implications and how you can use the data to your advantage.
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Why choose UB Corporate?
As any key decision maker knows only too well, energy procurement is far more than simply selecting a cheap tariff and getting back to business. This is where UB Corporate excels. With our in-depth market knowledge, we are experts at finding the best contract for you. Established close to 10 years ago, we are proud to boast an active client base of 50,000, supporting 10,000 of those in energy procurement.
With a total combined industry experience of 50 years, the UB Corporate team executives have strived to combine a bespoke procurement approach with exceptional levels of customer service. This approach has been recognised by the leading industry awards group, TELCA. For three consecutive years, we have additionally been shortlisted for other awards such as TPI of the Year, Best Advice and Consumer Champion. These industry recognised values of the UB Group will continue to run through each channel and are reflected in the excellent TrustPilot ratings we receive.
Personalised Corporate Energy Procurement
All businesses that are planning to take more control over their energy costs will need to align their energy management strategies with their company goals. That means finding a personalised energy contract that factors in all of the additional complications of corporate energy use. Your improved energy contracts need to:
-Help you achieve your sustainability goals
-Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
-Provide your business with a strong ROI
-Minimize risks caused by energy price fluctuations
This means that corporate entities need to develop a more responsible approach to energy use while also working to reduce their regular bills.
Corporate Utility & Energy FAQ's
As we approach the middle of winter, temperatures can plummet, while our energy bills begin to rise. For large organisations with large outlays to make on their energy bills, this can run into thousands of pounds. So in this blog, we take a look at the ways in which corporates can save money during the coldest season.
- Make use of 'smart heating'
Corporates who haven't made the switch to intelligent or 'smart heating' are potentially pouring money down the drain. That's because smart heating makes use of thermostats which can be programmed for your work schedule each day, and can even shut down your heating when nobody is in a certain workspace. You should be wary of placing your thermostat anywhere it could give a misguided reading, such as in direct sunlight, or in a draughty area.
- Effective insulation
For large organisations, making a number of seemingly small tweaks around your workspaces can add up into big corporate energy savings. Energy efficiency can be improved by ensuring that there are no 'leaks' through which heat can escape during winter. It could be around windows, doors or ducts - so ensure that a small weak spot in your insulation does not add up into a large energy bill for your business.
- Get the right equipment
Are you in the market for a new set of computers this winter? For corporates, this is an important procurement decision which will take into account a number of factors - from price to compatibility - but don't forget to look out for energy-efficient equipment. This can be done by identifying the 'Energy Star' logo on computers, which indicates an energy-efficient piece of kit. And remember that laptops typically consume a lot less energy than PCs.
- Consider 'work from home Fridays'
You can give your employees are a special treat on one Friday every month, by offering them the opportunity to work from home - you also stand to slash your energy overheads in the process! In the digital era, there is more chance than ever for staff to work from the comfort of their own home - so it can be a mutually beneficial option for corporates.
Those are some ways in which you can save energy during the coldest time of year. Try some of them and then compare what you pay with the corresponding bill from last year - you might be amazed what you have saved!
Unsure which is better for your business? What are the pros and cons of these agreements and which would be most effective for each of your meters and supplies? We have expert account managers that will advise and guide you through the market, identifying which will be the most beneficial option for your business.
This advice is all part of the service - you will be able to see pricing fluctuations through your own Trueview portal, for both fixed and flexible contracts. UB Corporate are experts in all elements of the energy market, perfectly placed to provide advice on these types of procurement.
The type of meter that you have installed is no small detail in the energy procurement process. With many options to consider, selecting the correct meter can save you thousands of pounds. Make a wrong choice and disturbances can ripple through many different channels, creating energy chaos. As part of our commitment to you, we offer complimentary expert advice on meters, contracting and installations, not to mention arranging and managing any meter changes by liaising with all parties concerned. Thanks to our unique, broad-ranging knowledge of all areas of the energy market, complemented by our established relationships with the key players vice and implement any required changes on your behalf.
The media is rife with reports of energy supplier miscalculations. It is widely believed that the proportion of identified, incorrect billing is vastly outweighed by those that haven’t noticed (and probably don’t check their statements with any regularity).
The truth is that manual bill validation can be a painstaking task. Bundle this with the complexity of multiple sites and half hourly metering, and the end result is that validating all energy statements can be an enormous strain on company resources.If a billing issue is identified, those resources can be further burdened by the sheer frustration of contacting and chasing the amendments. If you are unsure about your billing accuracy, then our bill validation service could prove to be an extremely valuable resource.
Enjoy peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that energy statements are being scrutinised in the background, but also gain critical advice on areas
that could be addressed to maximise your savings.
A thorough bill validation ensures that all supplier calculations and charges are correct, on each and every statement you receive.
-Incorrect Government Charges
-Incorrect unit measurements
-Invoice doesn’t match profiling
As the private sector continues to move towards renewable energy use, a more in-depth renewable energy program is essential. While all corporate structures will vary, there are a number of approaches to consider. Key elements of an improved corporate energy procurement strategy will include renewable energy certificates and power purchase agreements. However, the primary factors that will need to be planned in advance of any energy transition will need to include:
-Business strategy alignment with the goals of renewable energy adoption.
-Thorough research into options for alternative tariffs and profile classes as well as suppliers.
-More use of reporting metrics to gain a clearer understanding of how you use your energy and how much you pay for it.
-In-house corporate integration that maximizes business operations.
Energy use is a vital component of running a business of any size. With clean energy goals and a consistent need to keep operating costs as low as possible without negatively impacting efficiency, paying close attention to energy is critical. The question is no longer what is corporate renewable energy, but rather how can I make corporate energy procurement greener and more cost-effective?
KVA or Kilo Vault Amperes is used to understand the amount of electrical power that an electrical meter can feed to a building. 1 KVA equals 1,000 Watts of power. All companies with half hourly meters have a kVA allowance, this can also be referred to as a capacity charge. This is worked out at twice the half hour electricity usage for businesses.
If you are a large business or consume large amounts of energy, your priorities will differ from SMEs. All businesses need to be treated differently, which is why supply contracts need to be chosen specifically, to reflect particular business needs. Our approach is to offer a fully managed account. With close to 10 years experience and a bespoke approach to working with our clients, we are fully equipped to ensure you get the best from your business energy.Should you need any advice or direction, your account manager can offer resolution and progression on all aspects of energy procurement and monitoring. As part of our service, we will help to recover any over-charges (which are frequently missed by businesses themselves), so you won’t be paying any more than you should be.
Included within the service:
-Conducting all supplier communication on your behalf
-Offering expert advice and resolving any issues you may have
-Recommending additional products and services which could benefit your business
-Conducting bill validation, including comprehensive statement analysis
-Recovering any over-charges (which are frequently missed by businesses themselves)
A Meter Operator agreement is a legal requirement for all Half Hourly meters. The agreement covers the maintenance and rental of the meter itself and the technology used to communicate meter readings to your energy supplier. This element may be included within your electricity bill as a separate charge or may be charged annually. If you need a MOP agreement organising, then your account manager will be able to look into this for you. We have partnership with accredited meter suppliers that can quote for your Half Hourly meter.
Greener energy use is essential in the current business landscape. Most companies, no matter their size, are looking for ways to maximise their use of renewable energy. With global initiatives as well as national ones to be aware of, the end goal is always going to 100% renewable energy. However, a more bespoke approach is required. This is because all business models are different, and will require a range of approaches that factor in the context of their energy use, the resources that they have available, and their planned energy use throughout their planned growth strategy. As a result, for companies that are asking the question of ‘what is corporate renewable energy and how can we adopt it?’, the solutions are not always straightforward.
Businesses will always be higher users of energy than domestic users. However, the challenge for businesses is ensuring that sustainability targets are met while also keeping ongoing costs down. This can often be a challenging balancing act to get right and will require a step by step integration of sustainability into your existing business processes. However, there are some simple ways to have an immediate effect on your brand’s carbon footprint such as:
-Using energy suppliers that are REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin) certified
-Ensuring that your waste processes are set up for recycling
-Using food waste bins in eating areas
-Swapping light switches for automatic switch-off
-Telecommuting rather than travel to meet suppliers and clients
-Only buying office equipment and resources that have been sustainably sourced
With a more proactive approach, businesses can easily start making steps that will dramatically reduce their carbon footprint.
As the climate continues to dominate the news and the economies of the world grow increasingly unpredictable, it’s no longer enough to focus on simply reducing your carbon footprint. The need for more renewable practise at home, at work, and even in between, are directly linked to the costs of living. When you want to take more control of how much you spend on energy bills, but also have a positive impact on the world around you, then reducing your carbon footprint is essential.
Calculate your businesses carbon footprint here.