Your business gas bill is made up of several different charges, including the cost of the actual fuel itself to government levies, but there are two main elements that make the biggest difference to the price you pay.
These are the two most important charges to look out for when you compare business gas bills and prices:
- Unit cost - The price you pay for each unit of gas (measured in kWh) that your business uses.
- Standing charge - A daily charge that covers the maintenance of the national grid and the cost of transporting gas to your premises.
If you want to know how to calculate a gas bill and work out the amount you’ve paid for the actual gas you’ve used, just take the figure next to the unit cost on the bill. When comparing business gas deals, it’s important to also factor in the standing charge, as this can add a fairly substantial amount to your final bill.
When running a commercial gas comparison, it also helps to know how much businesses like yours are paying, but because businesses must approach suppliers individually for bespoke quotes, it can be difficult to know just how much you should be paying in unit costs and standing charges.
To give you an idea of typical costs, we’ve compiled a list of average consumption figures to help you compare business gas bills.
What are the average gas rates?
|Business size||Unit cost||Standing charge|
|Micro business||5p - 5.1p per kWh||19p - 25p per day|
|Small business||4.5p - 5p per kWh||19p - 25p per day|
|Medium business||4.3p - 4.5p per kWh||24p - 25p per day|
Please note: The figures above are based on industry averages and are only intended as a guide. There are many factors that can impact the amount you pay for your business gas, including consumption habits and the location of your premises.
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