How is the cost of living rise affecting small businesses?
With the rising cost of living, small businesses are feeling the pinch. According to our research, 28% of small business owners don’t know how much their next energy bill will be. And the number of business owners who receive estimated bills has risen by 13% since the start of the year.
This means more and more businesses don’t know how much they are spending each month, making it harder to take control of their bills.
How can you reduce the costs to run your business?
We know this is a worrying time for many small business owners and employees. But there are things you can do to help. We asked 500 small to medium sized business owners what they do to help lower costs. Continue below to see the advice they gave, or click on the link below to download the Cost, Energy & Going Green guide, which touches on everything you need to know.
1. Keep a closer eye on monthly bills
Knowing how much you’re spending each month will help you take control of your bills. You can begin by tracking how much energy you’re using. You’ll just need a smart meter to do this.
With a smart meter you may be able to view how much energy your company is using online, in a way that traditional meters can’t show you. Speak to your energy supplier to find out what they offer. Smart meters also send your energy readings directly to your supplier, meaning accurate bills and an end to time spent submitting manual meter readings.
According to our research, 72% of business owners either have a smart meter or are thinking about getting one to better manage their energy use. So, are you ready to take control of your energy usage and request your smart meter?
Simply enter your energy supplier in the box below and we’ll connect you. If your small business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.
2. Shop around for different energy suppliers
Shop around online to see if you can get more out of your energy supplier, or if there’s a better deal out there for you. You could find a cheaper deal or one that charges less during times when you use a lot more energy.
3. Switching to greener solutions
Based on our research, nearly seven in ten business owners have plans to avoid increasing their prices for the rest of this year. Being more sustainable by using less energy is one way to do that.
There are many sustainable things small business owners have done to cut costs. Some include: turning off appliances when they’re not in use, reducing the amount of energy used and going paperless.
Getting a smart meter is another solution that can make your business greener. Smart meters can show you when you are using your energy, which could help you find ways to cut down. They also allow energy suppliers to rely more heavily on renewable energy which helps us use fewer fossil fuels.
How to request a smart meter for your small business
If you haven’t already got a smart meter, you can request one from your energy supplier below. If your business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.
You may also be interested in...
- Money saving tips for small businesses - our top tips to help your small business cut costs.
- The installation process - smart meters are available to many small businesses and installations are happening now. To find out if your small business is eligible, contact your energy supplier.
- How to request a smart meter - Find out how you can get a smart meter for your small business.
How long does installation take?
Installations normally take about two hours and are arranged in advance so that you can make any necessary arrangements beforehand to ensure minimal disruption to your normal business operations.
Is my smart meter accurate?
Smart meters are as accurate as traditional meters. By law, all smart meters have to be approved by and certified by the Office of Product Safety & Standards to prove their accuracy. If you believe that there's a fault with your smart meter you can report it to your energy supplier in the same way you do now.