There are a variety of meters available to UK businesses, and depending on the size and energy usage of the business, most meters are read in a similar way with but some have some nuances to be aware of.
How do I read a dial electricity meter?
A dial electricity meter is a type of single rate meter and is perhaps the trickiest energy meter to understand. Read the dials from left to right whilst noting that the first turns clockwise, and the next turning anti-clockwise and so on. If the pointer is between two numbers, use the lower number.
How do I read a digital meter?
A digital or LCD meter is a type of single rate meter which displays your business meter reading electronically. This is the most modern and easiest to read. Simply take note of the numbers displayed on the screen but ignore the numbers following the decimal point.
How do I read a mechanical meter?
A mechanical display meter is a single rate standard meter type which shows meter readings on a simple mechanical display, as the name suggests. These meters have rotating counters. Simply take note of the numbers displayed ignoring any numbers with red borders.
How do I read a smart meter?
A business smart meter sends automatic meter readings to your energy supplier and which you can access via a mobile device and use to monitor your energy usage. You shouldn’t need to read a smart meter, but if you do, read it the same way as a digital meter.
How do I submit a meter reading?
If you have a smart meter or half-hourly meter, your energy supplier will automatically receive your energy readings. For other meters, you can submit your meter readings online via your energy supplier’s website.
For businesses with specific needs or larger uses, they may be required or offered specific business energy meters to help them manage their supply.
Half Hourly Meters
Half hourly meters are mandatory if your business uses more than 100,000 kWh every year. These meters take an automated reading every 30 minutes and shared with your energy supplier directly. This will make sure your energy bills are always accurate.
A multi-site meter is for businesses that operate across several premises. They are useful because they allow you to consolidate your meter readings for different offices, warehouses, workshops or other sites.
Some businesses find that by installing a multi-site meter, they can benefit from multi-site business energy tariffs and negotiate better prices with more prominent buying power.
A multi-rate meter allows you to benefit from cheaper electricity unit rates at specific times, including overnight and at the weekend. This can be useful for companies that operate predominantly during these off-peak times. If you’re unsure if this meter would be right for your business, you can use an energy monitor to assess when you use the most electricity.
Do you have the correct meter for your business?
Figuring out if you have the best meter for your energy usage can be tricky. The type of meter you have will usually reflect your size and the nature of your business.
If you have a single rate meter, this is probably the best choice if you use most of your energy during the day. However, you may wish to switch to a business smart meter. They are free from your energy supplier and can be useful to help you monitor your energy usage and help you save business energy.
On the other hand, if you use the majority of your electricity at night, you might want to consider a multi-rate or Economy meter which will enable you to benefit from a cheaper unit rate during the night. Be aware though that these meters do commit you to a higher unit rate during the day. If you are unsure, contact us for advice on the right business meter for your needs.
How to switch business energy supplier?
Switching business energy supplier can be difficult, especially when there are so many energy suppliers to choose from and, for many businesses, you need a bespoke tariff. Finding the time to trawl the market and find the best deal is hard to prioritise.
That is where Business Electricity Prices comes in. Our service is available to simplify the process and help you find the best available tariff for your company.
Many energy suppliers charge a fee for a break in contract. However, for many businesses, it can still be more cost-effective to switch business energy supplier if there is a much cheaper deal available.
We encourage all business energy companies to contact us for an instant business energy quote, particularly if you are nearing the end of your current contract, so we can help you understand if you are overpaying for the energy you use.