Letting your commercial supplier know how much gas your business consumes on a monthly basis can be time consuming. Normally, you will be expected to give them a meter reading each month for your business gas usage. However, if you don’t already have a gas meter, it will be useful to know how you can get one installed for your business.
Anyone who manages a business may wish to contemplate whether a new gas meter at work should be installed. This can help you with the following:
A provider is only legally required to check your meter every two years. If you’re not sending regular meter readings for your gas use, they will have to estimate your bill. This will no doubt mean that you are either being over charged or under charged for your business energy rates. For more accurate billing, why not consider a smart meter for your business.
Being overcharged for gas will allow you to claim back the money, however, this can often be a long and strenuous task. The last thing you want to be doing is going back and forth with a customer service advisor over the phone or through email exchanges.
Being undercharged for gas will mean that you now owe the supplier money. Depending on how long this has been the case for, you may find yourself indebted by a considerable amount. This also means that you won’t be able to switch business energy until this balance has been paid in full. If you are already on an expensive business tariff, this may become problematic.
A new gas meter can also assist you in reducing your carbon footprint, in addition to helping you cut your expenses. As you’re taking the necessary steps to become more sustainable, the public image of your business will also improve.
Thinking of getting a new business gas meter installed on your premises? You will need to carefully consider the following points:
If your premises already has an existing Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), the National Grid will have previously sent you this on any correspondence regarding your connection.
Those that have a meter installed but are still unsure as to whether it's currently connected – and haven't received any communication from the National Grid should call Xoserve, the data service provider for Britain’s gas market, to ask for their MPRN.
If your business does not have a gas meter and you haven’t yet received an MPRN, you will need to get in touch with the National Grid to make a request that an MPRN be created for your property.
If your business is within a building that does have a meter, you will need to contact the National Grid to check if the gas meter has been disconnected or not. At this stage, it’s also advisable to ask if the existing meter will be capable of meeting your supply needs. The National Grid normally takes around 15 working days to complete these checks.
It’s a lot quicker to arrange an installation of a new gas meter in comparison to getting a meter for your electricity. As soon as you have signed up to a new gas contract, the energy supplier will normally send an engineer out to install your new meter within five working days.
Having said this, we recommend that you contact your new supplier at least two weeks before you require the new gas meter to be installed.
Each company that uses gas will have a maximum requirement. This is the total amount of gas that could be used by your business’ appliances within an hour.
To calculate your maximum gas requirement, you can ask a CORGI-registered engineer to check your appliances. Alternatively, you could also ask the National Grid to tell you what this is likely to be.
Your new gas meter could be installed either internally or externally. This will largely depend on your premises and where your gas supply is positioned. For buildings with gas pipes that don’t enter the property, the meter will have to be outside. Should this be the case, your supplier will most likely provide a box or shelter for the new meter.
The pipework installer will be able to inform you about what your service pressure will be. Normally, this will be ‘low’ or ‘medium’ – although in some instances it could be ‘high’, making your meter installation more expensive as a result.
Fortunately, the service pressure will not have an impact on the price you pay for gas. Something that’s definitely worth noting.
If you want to get a new business gas meter installed, or even have an existing one reconnected – speak to an energy expert. Utility Saving Expert can help you compare business electricity and gas to help you find a better deal. It’s easier than ever to make the switch. You will be able to save money and have your new meter installed as soon as possible.
To summarise, you should now have a much greater understanding on the business gas meter installation process, and the benefits these provide. We have also explained how you can go about getting started in having this meter fitted on your business premises. Once you’re up and running, you may find it useful to conduct a business energy audit to improve the energy efficiency of your workplace.