Standby for Christmas
Christmas time is just around the corner. Once the fizz of the staff party has settled and the office junior has got over his drunken blushes, minds will begin to turn to Christmas arrangements. Christmas can be a funny time for businesses. For some, it is the busiest time of year. Others though will see…Read more
Energy market update 15/8/16
UK prices – The table and graph below shows the forward annual gas and electricity pricing. Oil prices initially continued to drift down, offsetting the falling pound and further negative economic sentiment. However, oil prices jumped on Thursday on news of another OPEC conference to address global supply and a forecast from the IEA of…Read more
Winter is coming: How energy buyers can prepare for dark months to come
With Britain in the middle of a mini-heatwave, it can be easy to forget about the coming bad weather. But energy buyers always need to be aware of what’s round the corner. And the coming winter is looking particularly bleak buying conditions for a number of reasons. Britain’s gas stores have been depleted following a…Read more
Energy market update 8/7/16
UK prices – The table and graph below shows the forward annual gas and electricity pricing. After a quiet Monday, trading concentrated on fundamentals as traders realised that Brexit had little impact on current global supply and demand although currency fluctuations did influence prices. Fears of a Norwegian oil worker’s strike and asset issues gave…Read more
Is this the end for smart meters with on-site displays?
The government has revealed what could be a killer shift away from smart meters with in-home/on-site displays. In response to a consultation asking suppliers what they thought about the requirement for offering in-home displays with every smart meter, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that they would allow suppliers to experiment with…Read more
Everything you need to know about 2017 water deregulation in England
In 2008, Scotland became the first country in the world with a deregulated water market. Since then, the country has boasted about a number of significant improvements including in water delivery, in customer service and in generating efficiencies – just like in other deregulated markets like gas and electricity. While larger English business customers (using more…Read more
Commercial smart meters succeed where domestic have failed
Smart meters will be installed in every UK home and business by 2020. Or at least, that was the plan. Progress on the national smart meter roll-out has been slow and the timeline for delivery has been punctuated with various setbacks and delays. Problems with the technology have resulted in criticism from utility companies, consumer…Read more
Cut SME costs without damaging your business
Reducing costs should be made top of the agenda for owner-managers of small and medium sized firms. Whether your goal is to boost profits, or simply to survive in a turbulent market place – getting to grips with your costs can often be a more effective strategy than increasing revenue. Utility Helpline have been helping…Read more
Is your site billed on a half-hourly basis? Do you want to reduce your ongoing metering costs?
If your site is billed on a half-hourly basis then you are required by law to have an upgraded billing meter, paid for at your cost. This will either be in the form of a separate contract (usually of 5 years duration) with a metering company or it may be billed as an additional item…Read more
Will a smart meter save my business money?
Smart energy meters are devices which track energy consumption in real time and automatically transmit the data back to suppliers. Before smart meters, the only real way of tracking energy spending was checking the monthly bill. This made it incredibly hard to monitor exactly when and where energy was being used and it left the…Read more