How Care Homes Can Get the Best Business Gas Rates

27 April 2017

How Care Homes Can Get the Best Business Gas Rates

Managing costs is a key priority for most care homes in the UK. One of the costs you have some control offer is the cost of gas. It’s essential, of course, to have gas to keep resident units and communal areas warm, as well as to provide hot water. You can, however, reduce the amount of money you pay for gas by making sure you get the best business gas rates and you then using as little gas as possible without disrupting the comfort levels of your residents.

Getting the Best Business Gas Rates

The process should always start with ensuring you get the best rate for your gas supply. After all, you’ll never realise the full benefit of energy efficiency measures if you pay a higher rate than you need to.

The key to getting low business gas rates is to research and compare the market when your gas supply contract is up for renewal, and to then switch to the best tariff.

The range of tariffs available is extensive so the way to make a proper comparison is to get quotes from as many suppliers as possible. Make sure you get quotes from a variety of sources, too. This means direct quotes from both the big energy suppliers and smaller suppliers as well as using one of the online commercial gas price comparison tools that are available.

By doing this, you will get a selection of available tariffs. They will differ depending on the length of time the contract is for, the unit rate you will be charged (this is the rate you pay for the gas you use), and the standing daily charge (this is a fixed charge applied every day, regardless of how much gas you use).

Reducing Energy Use

The steps you can take to ensure you use as little gas as possible include:

  • Installing insulation - your care home might already have cavity wall, solid wall, or loft insulation. If it doesn't, however, you should install it.
  • Adopt energy efficient practices - educate and motivate staff to be energy efficient. This includes switching equipment off when not in use, turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, and ensuring windows are not open while the heating is on.
  • Service or replace your boiler - your care home probably has a large boiler to serve the needs of your residents and to keep communal areas warm. You will save money on your gas bills by servicing your boiler regularly. If it is an older boiler, you should consider replacing it with a more energy efficient model.
  • Fit eco shower heads in resident units - eco shower heads will reduce your care home's water and gas consumption as less water is used, plus you need less gas to heat it.
  • Install low-energy lighting - you should also consider installing low-energy lighting where it is not already in place. One area you can make significant savings is converting external floodlights to LED.

Getting the best business gas rates (and saving money on energy generally) should be a priority for all care homes given the savings that can be made.

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