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Smart meters for business

When it comes to your business, ensuring your overheads are as low as possible is very important – and your energy bills can have a big impact on your annual outgoings. One way to ensure you are not overpaying for your gas and electricity is by investing in smart meters for business use, as these devices can both help cut costs, and give you more control over your energy consumption. Smart meters enable you to see how much energy you are using and when you use it, and also send automatic readings to your energy supplier – meaning you will never be overcharged again due to inaccurate estimated billing. There are a variety of smart meters available, with half-hourly meters available for large-sized businesses to provide incredibly accurate readings. A similar meter, called an Advanced Meter, also provides your energy supplier with frequent readings, however, these are not connected to a smart device like smart meters. But they do feature a display screen for you to monitor your usage. To find out which suppliers offer smart meters for business, or to compare gas and electricity tariffs, give us a call now on 0800 188 4930, or fill in the form opposite, and we’ll call you right back.

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How can smart monitoring benefit my business?

While smart meters won’t reduce the amount of energy your business uses, installing one will enable you to better understand your energy usage and identify areas in which you can make changes that will benefit your business.

With the average business estimated to waste approximately 20% of the energy it purchases, the savings you make from a smart meter can run up to hundreds of pounds. Smart monitoring also enables to you to receive more accurate gas and electricity bills. Smart monitoring has two main benefits:

  1. You can avoid being overcharged by your energy supplier which can happen if you do not provide your supplier with regular energy readings.
  2. Secondly, by knowing more accurately how much you are paying for your energy, you can better predict your monthly bills – helping you to avoid any nasty surprises.

Finally, the government have recently announced new targets regarding smart meters. They are working alongside energy providers to introduce smart meters to all domestic users, and this will no doubt eventually be rolled out to all business energy users. By choosing to get ahead of the game, you can start to reap the benefits before your competitors, as well as avoid any future hassle.

By choosing to have a smart meter installed in your place of work, you are making a big step towards becoming a more energy-efficient business, and with plenty of customers now conscious of environmental impact, choosing to go green can really help set you apart from your competitors. If you wish to learn more about what a smart meter can do for your business, simply contact your existing energy supplier and ask them for more details. Easily and quickly installed, you will be benefiting from a smart meter with the minimum of fuss.

How to get a smart meter for your business

If after weighing up the benefits of having a smart meter you decide to have one installed on your premises, the actual process is very simple. Once you have contacted your existing supplier and provided them with all the information they need, they will arrange for an engineer to visit your premises.

During his visit, the engineer will install your new smart meter, often in the same location as your existing meter. It is therefore advisable to ensure this area is easily accessible and not blocked by anything.

The installation is very straightforward and should not take more than one hour to complete. If you wish to have smart meters for both your gas and electricity supply, you will require a separate meter for each.

Furthermore, if you have more than one premises, you will need meters for each location, and is something you should talk to your energy supplier about in more detail.

Fitting a smart meter is a great way to keep a handle on how and when your business is using energy, but the best way to make immediate savings on your gas and electricity bills is to switch to a better deal. Give our switching team a call now on 0800 188 4930 to see how much you could save.

How can smart monitoring benefit my business?
How to get a smart meter for your business

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