Samantha James: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Small Businesses and Utility Bills
Samantha runs the social media activity for Utility Aid – one of SightCare’s preferred suppliers
Now, I’m not condoning cheating exactly but I do enjoy a cheeky money saving trick and an excuse to add finesse to financial choices, you too?
How many times have you looked at your bills and then proceeded to bury your head in your hands and distract yourself with kittens on youtube?
We’re all guilty.
In fact, one of the organisations we worked with previously found they had 3 different suppliers to properties under their care with 3 different renewal dates and 3 different tariffs. It’s easy to ignore the problem but hard to know where to start. So how do you make your bills work for you?
We’ll if you’ve made it as far as this blog you’re going in the right direction (note to self tick off step 1) on the ultimate cheat sheet for small businesses.
Now the rest:
- Seek support, call an organisation you can trust for advice and guidance. Being proactive and making a call to an expert can get the ball rolling.
- Audit your consumption and organise the paper work – make sure you can get a handle on the situation and have the right information.
- Be brave and say no, if you don’t feel the supplier has really considered your individual organisation’s needs, keep shopping. The energy market is under fierce regulation and great innovation as a result but brokering has not yet been regulated.
- Never sign a letter of authority from a broker without making sure that they are not able to place you into contracts
- Don’t agree verbal contracts on the telephone.
- Check your equipment and systems: heating, computers, air conditioning and lighting. Switch off what’s not being used to save money and act in an environmentally conscious way.
- Change bad habits and collaborate with your workforce in driving positive change. Aim to become a Caretaker of the environment and not just a taker.
- Get Automated Meter Reading meters fitted. They should be the new range of SMET 2 where data can be shared with different suppliers meaning you can analyse the data more efficiently.
- Insulate the property.
- Start with the small, simple acts that will lead to a bigger culture shift.
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