How to change your business energy supplier
- Before you make your business energy switch, you need to find out some information about your current supplier.
- You’ll need to find a recent bill which will have the following information:
- Your current tariff (if you’re not in a contract you can switch immediately). If you're in a contract currently you'll have to give your supplier 30 days notice - if you do change before your contract ends you may be charged
- Your unit rates and standing charge
- How much energy in £'s or kWh's you use annually or monthly
Now you need to decide how to find and compare business energy supplier tariffs. You can use a business energy switching service, a broker, a comparison website or for the best deal go directly to the provider.
If you need a hand with finding the best deal for your business, read our guide to getting the best price.
How long does it take to change business energy suppliers?
If you’re not on a contract you can switch straight away and it should take between 2-3 weeks.
Currently in a contract with another supplier
If you’re in a contract you must let your new supplier know your contract end date, they apply for your supply a few weeks before your end date which means you will usually start with your new supplier the day after your old contract ends.
You can usually start looking for a new business energy supplier six months before your contract is due to end. You need to let your new supplier know your contract end date (so they can start supplying you at the right time).
Found a new supplier and ready to switch?
- To switch, you need to know your notice period or “switching window”. This is when your current contract has ended and before the next one renews.
- You need to let your current supplier know you want to switch or an energy switching provider can do this for you
- If you’re on a contract you need to give the required notice (how to do this will be on your bill)
- Get confirmation when the new supply will start
- Agree the contract with your new supplier
- Pay off any outstanding balance if you have one with your current supplier
If you can't switch to a different supplier
Don't despair energy companies are always launching new deals and your current supplier might still let you move to one of their cheaper tariffs - it's worth getting in touch with them to check.
Set on switching business energy suppliers?
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