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What’s in it?

If you own a business and you’d like to sign up to a new contract or get a new contract instead, you should probably just Google up business energy quotes. Most energy companies that have hit the online trail will have separate links for getting quotes on electricity and gas. Some providers, however, will provide a combined quote for both electricity and gas that will offer some discount to the business owner.

Most websites would encourage you to get a business energy quote online, and all of them would surely provide a helpline number to get a quote. In the experience of many business owners, the second option is mostly the one that gets them the sweet deal.

Watch out for

As part of the process of quoting, a provider would provide several options to the customer. Apart from the base price of the plan, the business owner is expected to look at several options before signing up for the plan.

The tariff that is structured as a two part payment consists of two parts. The fixed part that is paid as the cost of getting a connection from the supplier and the variable part that is paid according to the amount of energy used. The variable part may differ from country to country and from region to region, within a country. The tariff may be set at the provider’s discretion that is published or at the provider’s discretion, but not published. A third option is that it could be set by the government with inputs from the retailers/suppliers/providers.

The inner workings

There are multiple rates that actually detail the price of the plan in its entirety and could make their way onto the business energy quote. This could be a single set rate; set once and for all, the simplest variety. Another rate is the block rate, which depends on the usage of blocks of energy. To this other flavors are added that take into account usage at different times of the day or night and usage times across the year. These kinds of plans exist for both electricity and gas in most major countries.

A big piece of the pie that customers look at, that may not be so much a big piece on the numbers sheet, is a possible discount. For many businesses, a long term contract that offers discounts will surely help them punch back on the profits sheet. The type of discount offered also makes a difference on business energy quotes. Guaranteed discounts should be sweet but discounts on paying bills on time or other such offers will, most likely, make a customer jump up for a contract.


Many customers also look at becoming energy efficient in the long run. And suppliers do make it possible by providing add on options to business energy quotes. Solar energy is becoming a recurrent point on many quotes. This is not surprising, given the incentives provided by governments to businesses. In fact, there is a separate type of tariff – feed-in tariff – that gives customers the cost of business produced energy inflected on the grid.

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