Businesses urged to save money on energy bills

Published 22nd March 2017

Sandwell's businesses are being urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them money on their fuel bills.

Sandwell Council has teamed up with energy auction specialist iChoosr and energy comparison and switching service Make It Cheaper to help businesses get a better deal from gas and electricity suppliers.

Research shows that across the UK, four out of five businesses are not doing anything about their energy bills, with small and medium-sized businesses paying on average more than they need to for their energy.

Switching energy suppliers for businesses is often complex as there are many kinds of meters and tarriffs.

Business tariffs are not published like domestic tariffs and businesses can't switch and without giving suppliers considerable notice periods to end their energy contracts.

Businesses can save on average £1,150 per year* when switching their energy contracts but carrying out the research to find the best energy deal for their needs can be extremely time consuming.

Make It Cheaper helps by collecting a list of quotes from a wide variety of suppliers.

The service compares prices and lets businesses know what their energy supplier options are and will even set up the new energy contract as well, saving businesses time and money.

Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for regeneration,said:"We are constantly reviewing the ways we can support Sandwell's wide-ranging and highly-skilled business community.

"This scheme takes the headache out of the time consuming exercise of searching for a new energy supplier which means business owners can concentrate on what they do best - running their businesses.

"In this difficult economic climate, it's important that we do all we can to support our businesses to develop and grow in a competitive environment."

Business owners wanting more information can call 0800 188 4919 and provide a few details about their business or fill in the online form at
www.sandwell.gov.uk/energyswitch

* Based on 8,254 contracts arranged by Make It Cheaper in 2016.