If you run your business across multiple locations, keeping on top of your energy bills can be a real headache, particularly if you have to negotiate new energy deals for every meter at each site. But switching to a tariff that covers energy meters for multiple sites, this will consolidate all of your energy supply into a single package, meaning your bills will come from one supplier.
This type of deal can save you time at renewal, as you’ll only have one renewal date to remember and you’ll be able to change supplier at each site in a single switch. It might also save you money if you find a supplier that offers a discount for multisite meters – because you’ll be buying more energy in bulk, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate a better rate.
There are two ways to make the switch to multisite metering. The first is to get in touch with your current supplier and find out what sort of rates they can offer you in return for taking on all of your energy contracts.
And then, to make sure you’re on the cheapest business gas and electricity rates, you’ll need to ring around the other suppliers to see what sort of deals they can offer.
Or, to save yourself a lot of time and hassle, you could give the Confused.com business energy experts a call on 0800 158 5296 and we’ll compare prices from a number of suppliers to present you with a range of deals.
Alternatively, click the ‘GET AN ENERGY QUOTE’ button at the top of the page, and we’ll give you a call back.
To compare multisite deals, we’ll just need to take a few details about your business and its energy usage, so try to have the following information to hand when you call:
- The name of your current energy supplier
- The name of your tariff, and its end date
- Your supply type
- How much electricity your business uses
- The MRPN and MPAN numbers from each of your meters
To make sure you’re definitely getting the best deal, we can also compare quotes for single site deals, meaning you’ll have sight of all the different pricing options available.
It’s just up to you to choose the deal that best suits your business, then we’ll take care of the rest by terminating your old contracts and setting up your new ones. When your renewal dates come back around, we’ll be back in touch to help you negotiate another deal and make sure you’re not rolled onto expensive out-of-contract rates.
Although multisite meters often work best for businesses with multiple sites, if you find single site deals work best, you might want to consider the other types of business energy meters:
- Single rate meter – Also known as a standard meter, this is the most common type of business meter available and has one unit price for all hours of the day and night. This is generally the best fit for businesses who operate at set times each day, and use most energy between 8am and 10pm, such as nine-to-five offices, shops and cafes.
- Two-rate meter – Two rate meters, such as Economy 7, Economy 10, and Evening Weekend meters have two unit prices – a standard rate and a cheaper off-peak rate. Economy 7 usually offers cheaper rates for seven off peak hours between midnight and 8am, while Economy 10 has cheaper prices for ten hours between 10pm and 8am. Evening Weekend meters offer cheaper prices during set evening and weekend hours. These meters are best suited for business like bakeries, takeaways, or any that have night storage heaters.
- Three-rate meter – This type of meter offers three pricing tiers for daytime, evenings and weekends, providing peak rates for one period and discounted rates for the other two. Best suited for businesses that operate mainly during evenings and weekends, this type of meter is usually used by pubs, clubs and restaurants.
- Half hourly meter – These meters send a reading to your supplier every half hour, and if your business has a maximum demand of 100kW or greater in any half hour period then, by law, you’ll need a half hourly meter installed. You also have the option to have a half-hourly meter fitted if your business has a demand of 70kW or more in any half hour period.
- Seasonal time of day meter – If you run a seasonal business, that has regular high and low periods each year, a seasonal time of day meter might be the best bet, as it offers different rates at different times of the day and different times of the year. Although this type of metering can be confusing – there can be up to 56 different rates available – it’s often a good option for businesses like caravan or theme parks.
- Maximum demand meter – If you are a high-demand energy user, you will probably have a maximum demand meter, which will offer either a single rate or two rates.
Still confused about business energy meters? Or ready to make the switch to multisite meters? Give our team a call now on 0800 158 5296 to talk through the best type of metering for your business, and see how much you could save by switching supplier.