A business’s commercial energy bill will depend on how much energy, in the form of gas and electricity, it consumes.
Utility bills are also dependent on the type of tariffs a business is on:
- Unit cost: This is the basic rate businesses pay for each unit of electricity and gas they consume. Unit cost is measured in kWh.
- Standing charge: Businesses pay this flat daily rate, regardless of whether they use electricity or gas. This fee covers the costs needed to build and maintain the infrastructure that delivers gas and electricity to businesses.
Keep in mind that besides the unit cost and standing charge you pay your energy supplier, you will also pay VAT and government levies on your energy bill.
To reduce energy bills, it’s advised that businesses migrate to a tariff that’s lower than the current unit cost and standing charge it’s on. You will be able to reduce your energy expenses by reducing just one of these rates.
It’s also important to note that the unit cost and standing charge may continually fluctuate, due to different factors including current market volatility.