The other day we spoke to one of our Business Development Executives here at Fidelity Energy to find out the most common myths and misconceptions she hears when speaking to business owners on a daily basis. Read on to see the top three energy switching myths debunked! When was the last time you switched your energy supplier? What’s been stopping you?
1. I will have to pay hidden fees
Here at Fidelity Energy, we are happy to be transparent with our clients, the team has over twenty years’ experience so we know the angles. You won’t be charged additional fees for using our services. Furthermore, we will get in touch when your energy contract is coming to an end and help you switch again, this way you won’t go on the standard variable rate, which can be considerably expensive. With us, you switch once and we will help you switch forever.
2. Can price comparison websites be trusted?
A lot of people can sometimes be under the false impression that comparison websites are nothing more than marketing websites and a scam. The truth is that we want to find a better deal for you and collate all the energy suppliers’ prices, and then we put that against your energy usage to ensure that you’re on the best energy tariff. We do the hard work, so you don’t have to. We will check the Big Six energy suppliers, as well as independent suppliers so you get the most competitive prices possible. Do you still need convincing? Check out our testimonials
3. I don’t have any time to switch energy supplier
We understand you’re time poor – time is money and you’re strapped for time. So how can you even start to think about your energy bills? Well, you don’t have to – let us use our automated platform to compare 10,000s of tariffs for your electricity and gas. That way you will have more time and probably money!
Give us a few details, sit back and we will see if we can save you money. What could be simpler? What do you have to lose? You may be able to reduce your bill by 44% today!
Not ready to change right now? Why not in the meantime take a look at our How Much Money is Your Business Losing Through Wasted Energy
Do you know how much energy is being wasted by the main appliances and electronic devices your business uses? You probably have no idea that some alterations can help you save hundreds or even thousands of pounds each year.
Let start off with some math to work out the amount of energy and money your business could be potentially wasting.
A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of measurement we will use; if an appliance’s energy usage is measured at 1kWh it basically means it uses 1,000 watts in one hour. One kWh will typically cost around 15 pence. Now let’s look at some devices we have in the office and how much money is wasted.
Every workplace will have computers in use for most of the working day and in some cases, they will be on for 24/7.
A desktop computer that is idling will typically use about 100 watts (tower and monitor combined) which is 0.1 kWh – 1.5 pence. Let’s say you’re away from your desk for lunch, meetings etc. for three hours per day so your computer isn’t in use. Now we can use this information to work out how much money is wasted for any period of time:
1.5 pence x 3 hours = 4.5 pence/day.
That amount doesn’t sound like much, but you have more than one computer in the office. Let’s say you have 50 in your business each idling for three hours a day:
(4.5 pence x 50 PCs) x 260 days = £585 per annum (based on a 5-day week 52 weeks per year).
Now we can take a look at your company’s lighting, using the same calculation:
A light bulb typically uses 60w of electricity when on, which is 0.06 kWh, or 0.90 pence per hour.
Let’s say that again your lighting is on for three hours unnecessarily, then for every 50 light bulbs you are wasting:
(2.7 pence x 50 light bulbs) x 260 days = £351.00 per annum.
Did you know that even if you switch off an appliance it will still use energy if plugged into a switched on plug socket?
These ‘Vampire’ appliances add on average 14 percent to annual domestic electricity bills according to the Energy Saving Trust, costing UK households nearly £1bn in wasted money. This problem can also affect businesses.
If you have TVs, laptops, desktop computers, printers and phone chargers that are not in use in the office make sure to switch them off and unplug them, this will save your business money.
Being mindful of the above could potentially see hundreds of pounds knocked off your business energy bills. Still want to know how you can reduce your carbon and reduce your business energy costs? Read our useful seven simple steps to cut your business’s carbon emissions, save energy and money blog
Many UK businesses are wasting 20p in every £1 they spend on energy. Rising energy prices and growing concerns about our carbon footprint means it makes sense that all companies are thinking of ways to effectively cut their business energy bills. Follow these seven simple steps to help you save thousands on your business energy bills…
How to cut your business’s carbon emissions, save energy and money:
1. Fit energy saving light bulbs – LEDs can save 90% of lighting energy costs.
2. Replace your old refrigerator/ freezer if it is over 15 years old, with a new one with an energy efficiency rating of A++.
3. Get an energy audit – Many utility companies offer free business energy audits to their commercial customers. It’s a great way to figure out where your money is going every month.
4. Take advantage of natural sunlight – Maximum daylight and use artificial lights in dark areas only.
5. Control your heating and cooling – By keeping your office temperature one degree down during winter and one degree up during summer can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%.
6. Take advantage of tax breaks for energy efficiency – Local government may provide tax incentives when you use energy saving appliances that help to reduce your energy usage.
7. Switch your energy supplier – Ensure you’re on the right tariff for your business energy usage. Get a better deal
By using these steps above, you’ll be promoting a healthy workplace environment. Applying more efficient technologies will enhance savings and choosing the right business energy plan for your needs will potentially guarantee these gains are maintained for years to come.
A great way of maintaining momentum until a deal is locked in
It’s a problem faced by us all: the customer agrees on the phone to send you their bills but days pass and despite a follow up call nothing is received. To tackle this ongoing challenge and ensure you remain front of mind with the customer we suggest following up, once a customer commits to sending their bills, with one of our low energy light bulb packs. As well as the low energy light bulb, the pack contains a flyer highlighting the benefits of using the bulb, plus a personalised letter reminding them to send their bills in order to save even more on their energy costs. We even include a stamped addressed envelope to make the process even smoother. We then follow up with a call within 48 hours checking that they received the pack and encouraging them to put the bills in the envelope and post them back to us. We have seen some strong results so urge you to try this process in order to drive more bills in for processing.
We have teamed up with the guys at SaveMoneyCutCarbon to supply the bulbs. For more information on them click below. If you need any support from us to pull a campaign like this on together please ask your IAM for help.
We are pleased to welcome Jason Fernyhough to the Fidelity Energy team as our new field based Business Development Manager. With extensive experience in the Telecoms market place, B2B, distribution, and channel he has a wealth of experience and an understanding of what our partners need…
“I am thrilled to have joined the team. It is fantastic to have a fresh challenge in a new sector. The most important thing in my experience is to look after your customers and to make sure they have no reason to be looking elsewhere for services.
Every one of your customers uses gas and electricity and if you are not looking after that for them then someone else is! You need to be adding energy to your product portfolio. The best news is that there is money to be made and it is so simple to get started.
It is my role to help my partners engage with their clients and empower them to service their energy needs. Our simple and effective portal makes doing this very straightforward. The portal manages in life contracts, future business and your all-important commission schedules. I am backed by a brilliant team of internal account managers and our tenacious operations team, who all make sure we get your deals done and locked in.
I provide training and support out in the field and the internal team take care of your quotes and bespoke pricing, all you have to do is close the deals – something that is easier than ever with our new docusign e-Contract. If you would like to discuss how I can help you unlock a new and lucrative revenue stream from your existing customer base, with virtually no operational overhead then give me a call on 07988 99 88 99”