Three tips for managing business energy bills in lockdown

As we enter a third national lockdown we’ve pulled together three top tips for all businesses to help with managing their energy supplies and business energy bills in lockdown.

These are especially relevant if your premises is going to be empty for the period of the lockdown, but they apply to any business that is having to make changes to its staffing, locations or activities as a result of the pandemic.

As always, if you want to know more about how you can minimise the impact of your energy bills on your business then get in touch and we will try to help.

Tip 1 - Check Your Meter

It is really important that you take electricity meter readings, and any other utility meter readings, and send them in to your supplier on the day that you close the business. Then take regular meter readings - at least monthly - and send those in to your supplier too.

That way you will avoid getting overly large estimated bills when you return at what could be a tricky time for your cash flow.

Tip 2 - Keep Talking

If you are having cashflow or liquidity problems then speak to your energy broker or supplier as soon as you can so that suitable arrangements can be made.

Whatever you do, don’t just cancel your direct debit. This puts you in immediate breach of contract and can have all sorts of ramifications further down the line.

Tip 3 - Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

Like tip 2, it is always better to confront the issue head on rather than ignoring it and hoping it will go away. If you have a problem then speak to your supplier who will almost always want to help you in whatever way they can.

If you need any help or advice with your business energy bills in lockdown or about how you should proceed as a result of the pandemic, or if you have any other questions or concerns about your business energy supply then get in touch with us.