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Understanding Your Business Energy Bill: A Comprehensive Guide

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Introduction to your Business Energy Bill

Making sense of your business energy bill can be a complex task with all the different charges, tariffs, and terms used. However, decoding these components is crucial for managing your energy usage and reducing costs. This comprehensive guide aims to help demystify the ins and outs of your business energy bill.

What Makes Up Your Energy Bill?

Your business energy bill consists of various parts, including:

  • Energy Usage (kWh): The bulk of your energy bill is determined by how much energy your business uses. This is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The more energy your business consumes, the higher the bill will be.

  • Supply Charges: This is a fixed daily charge that your energy provider charges for supplying electricity to your business. It is independent of how much energy you actually use.

  • Demand Charges: For some businesses, energy bills might include demand charges, which are based on the peak amount of electricity you use at any given time during your billing period.

  • Taxes and Levies: These are charges imposed by the government or regulatory bodies. They include VAT, the Climate Change Levy (CCL), and other environmental or social obligation costs.

Understanding Tariffs

Understanding the types of tariffs on your business energy bill is key to managing your energy costs, and it’s important to understand what these are and how they can impact your business

  • Standard Variable Tariff: This is a supplier's default tariff and has no fixed contract term. The rates can go up or down based on market conditions.

  • Fixed Rate Tariff: With a fixed rate tariff, the price you pay per kWh is set for a certain period of time. This can protect your business from price increases.

  • Time of Use Tariffs: These tariffs charge different rates at different times of the day. If your business can shift its high energy usage to off-peak times, you can save money with these tariffs.

Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill

  • Energy Efficiency: Implementing energy-efficient measures can significantly reduce the energy usage on your business energy bill.

  • Switch Suppliers: One of the most effective ways to reduce your business energy bill is by switching suppliers. However, comparing the wide range of tariffs available can be a time-consuming process. That's where we, The Smart Energy Company, come into play.

As a fast growing energy broker, we provide comprehensive business energy quotes from over 20 suppliers to ensure you get the best deal possible. By requesting a business energy quote from us, you can save time and effort while ensuring your business benefits from the most cost-effective and suitable energy contract. We navigate the complex energy market on your behalf, compare quotes, and negotiate contracts, ensuring you can focus on what you do best - running your business.

Remember, even a slight reduction in your energy tariffs can lead to significant savings over the long run. So, whether your contract is up for renewal or you're simply curious about how much you could save, don't hesitate to get in touch for a free, no-obligation business energy quote.

Understanding Your MPAN

Your MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) is a unique reference found on your business energy bill used to identify your electricity supply point, also known as 'Supply Number' or 'S-Number', it is a unique reference used to identify your electricity supply point. It is usually a 21-digit number found on your electricity bill, not the meter itself.

Your MPAN is split into several sections, but the most important for most consumers is the 'core' part, typically a 13-digit number located at the bottom right of the box (or the number following 'S'). This unique identifier helps energy suppliers exchange data and manage the supply point.


When switching energy suppliers or when you have an issue with your electricity supply, you'll often be asked for your MPAN.

Finding Your MPRN

Your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) or 'Gas Supply Number', is a unique number allocated to your gas supply point and can be found on your business energy bill. Unlike the MPAN for electricity, the MPRN is a 6 to 10 digit number.

You can find your MPRN on your gas bill. It's important to note that it is not normally printed on the meter itself. Like your MPAN for electricity, you'll often need your MPRN when switching gas suppliers or reporting a problem with your gas supply.

Remember, each meter has a unique MPAN and MPRN, so if your business has more than one gas or electricity meter, you'll have multiple MPANs and MPRNs.


Understanding your business energy bill can lead to significant savings and more sustainable practices. If you're looking to reduce the cost of your business energy bill, The Smart Energy Company is here to help.


Are you ready to understand your business energy bill better and potentially save on your energy costs? At The Smart Energy Company, we specialise in helping businesses like yours find the best deals for your business energy bill.

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Have More Questions?

  • Is it possible to change multiple business utilities at the same time?
    Our switching service allows you to switch multiple utilities simultaneously. We have successfully assisted multiple businesses in the UK by helping them save on various services such as energy and water with savings within 2023 already over the £2 Million mark.
  • How much can I save on my business utility bills?
    The amount you can save on your business utility bills will depend on various factors such as your current usage, the rates offered by different providers, and the specific deals available in your location. However, our switching service is designed to help you find the best deals and save as much as possible. By comparing multiple suppliers and negotiating competitive rates, we aim to maximise your potential savings. Get in touch with us to discuss your specific needs and get personalised information on potential cost savings for your business utility bills.
  • How does switching business utilities work?
    Switching business utilities involves a straightforward process. Here's a general overview of how it works: Evaluation: Start by assessing your current utility bills and usage patterns. This will give you an idea of your current costs and help identify areas where savings can be made. Comparison: Use a switching service like ours to compare different utility providers in your area. We provide you with quotes from multiple suppliers, allowing you to compare prices, contract terms, and services offered. Selection: Based on the comparison results, choose the utility provider that best meets your needs and budget. Consider factors such as price, customer reviews, contract terms, and any additional services or benefits offered. Contract Negotiation: Once you've chosen a new provider, our team can help negotiate the contract terms and rates on your behalf. Switching Process: The switching service will coordinate the transition with your current supplier and the new provider. This may involve submitting termination notices, arranging meter readings, and scheduling the activation of new services. Enjoy the Savings: After the switch, you'll start receiving services from your new provider, typically at the agreed-upon rates. You will notice savings on your utility bills, providing you with cost advantages for your business. Remember, the exact process may vary depending on the type of utility you are switching, but our switching service aims to simplify the process and assist you at every step.
  • Who are the cheapest business utility providers?
    As market conditions and prices fluctuate regularly, it's challenging to provide an up-to-date and definitive list of the cheapest business utility providers. The prices we provide you are valid and available on the day of the quote and will provide most current and competitive deals available. Our switching service helps you compare prices and offers from multiple suppliers, ensuring you have the most accurate and relevant information to make an informed decision about your business utility provider.
  • What is energy procurement?
    Energy procurement is the process of sourcing, negotiating, and securing energy contracts to meet the specific needs of a business. It involves analysing energy consumption patterns, understanding market trends, and negotiating with suppliers to obtain the best possible rates and contract terms.
  • Why is energy procurement important for my business?
    Energy procurement ensures that your business secures energy contracts that are both cost-effective and aligned with your operational needs. Proper energy procurement can lead to significant cost savings, budget predictability, and reduced risks associated with volatile energy markets.
  • How does The Smart Energy Company help with energy procurement?
    We specialise in analysing your energy consumption, understanding your specific needs, and leveraging our relationships with over 20 suppliers to negotiate the best possible contracts on your behalf. Our team ensures you get optimal rates, flexible terms, and contracts that align with your business goals.
  • How do you ensure I get the best energy rates?
    Our team continuously monitors the energy market, staying updated with trends, price fluctuations, and supplier offerings. Coupled with our in-depth analysis of your energy needs and consumption patterns, we negotiate with suppliers to secure rates that are both competitive and suited to your business.
  • Are there any hidden fees associated with your energy procurement services?
    Transparency is a core value at The Smart Energy Company. We provide a clear breakdown of any commission we earn as a company when you come to agree any new energy contract. This is typically included as an uplift in your unit rate and paid to us by the supplier you chose to go to. Our primary goal is to secure the best energy deals for you, with no hidden costs.
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