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Finding the lowest business gas prices is now easy with PowerExperts. You don't need a specialist utility broker to get a quote as the PowerExperts panel is here to help you reduce your energy bills.

Get an online gas quote for your business

The majority of commercial organisations have their business gas supplied by British Gas through inertia. However, as rates and tariffs change so often, you should get a new quote each year to check whether you can get lower prices. Your new plan takes effect when your current agreement expires.

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How to get the lowest business gas prices

Compare prices directly online

You can get quotes for commercial gas directly from any of the big six gas providers. But why do that when PowerExperts can compare the whole market for you?

We allow you to compare prices from all six by entering your postcode and annual consumption data. To get a more accurate reading, locate and read your meter.

Switch your contract

Any commercial customer can switch their business gas to a new supplier. You can usually get quotes between 8 and 12 weeks before the end of your existing contract.

Your new supplier handles the switching process, then places you onto a new contract at the new tariff you've agreed with them.

A step by step guide to getting cheaper rates

Getting an online quote to lower your rates is now an easy, 60 -second process. Simply enter your details with PowerExperts by completing the online form to compare the whole market.

The gas market is extremely competitive with the cheapest unit rates and standing charges reserved for large commercial organisations. However, even the smallest micro-business user can save money by either switching supplier or negotiate new terms with their current provider. Call our team on 0844 472 1567 for help.

So long as your current contract is due for renewal, and you can terminate it within the time set, then you should get a range of quotes. You'll also be able to check if your current prices are the lowest for your organisation's circumstances.

How does the switching process work?

Unlike residential comparison services, switching a business contract takes more effort. If you don't have time to manage this process, call our gas broker team to handle the paperwork on your behalf.

  • You always need to terminate your current agreement approximately three months before the end date.
  • You're then free to search the market for the lowest current deals.
  • Select a company and tariff that's right for you, then sign the new contract.
  • Once the new terms come into force, you'll benefit from your new rates for another one to three years.

How is your bill calculated?

In its most simplistic form, your gas bill is calculated by multiplying the units used in kilowatt-hours (kWh) by the unit price (plus any daily standing charges). Calculating kilowatt-hours is a complicated formula for gas made up of the following values.

Consumption is measured

The meter measures gas in HCF (hundred cubic feet) or HCM (hundred cubic meters) based on the volume of gas passing through the meter.

Conversions to cubic meters

Imperial meters are then multiplied by the metric conversion factor to report the data in cubic meters (x 2.83). HCM based meters don't require this conversion as they're already reporting correctly.

Conversion factor

The metric value is then multiplied by a conversion factor of 1.02264.

Regional calorific value

This result gets multiplied by a calorific value that's regionally and seasonally specific. For the Midlands region in Q2, this was 39.2.

Cubic meters to kWh

The result is divided by 3.6 to calculate kWh.

Actual prices from a recent gas bill

The extract from a real bill shown below is as follows: 482 HCF units used x 2.83 (to convert to metric) x 1.02264 (conversion factor) x 39.2 (calorific value). The result is finally divided by 3.6 to provide 15,189 kWh.

Be aware for meters starting with 01 to 08 that you may have estimated readings. Almost all providers allow you to enter your meter reading online for 100% accurate bills.

Example gas unit charges

Meter readings on a bill showing the calculation from cubic feet to total kWh.

Gas bill charges

The total gas bill including the unit rate and daily standing charge.

Typical rates

The gas market works slightly differently to electricity. Average kWh costs are lower with daily standing charges higher. You'll need to compare your overall invoice based on consumption to make an informed choice. Recent quotes we have received for small businesses are as follows:

  • 2.801p/kWh and 72.72p/day standing charge.
  • 2.806p/kWh and 72.72p/day.
  • 2.732p/kWh and 72.72p/day.

Brokers who suggest you can receive nearer 2.000p/kWh for your unit price are targeting larger users. SMEs are unlikely to receive anything lower than 2.500p currently.

Gas versus electricity prices

Comparable electricity prices are closer to 9.5p/kWh with a daily standing charge of around 23p per day. Always check the standing charge value as this can make a large difference to your overall energy bill.

Page last updated: 27th April 2016

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