Business Energy Prices UK

Current & Historic Business Energy Prices for UK Businesses

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Cheap business energy prices that keep your business going

We understand that your goal as a business owner is to maximise your company’s profitability and productivity — which means waste isn’t an option. To find the best business energy prices out there you may have to do some shopping around.

Be sure to negotiate and compare business energy prices so that you can truly capitalise on your energy choice. You deserve to feel like your business gas and electricity supplier always serves to benefit your business.

Cheap business energy prices that keep your business going

Business electricity prices for 3 year contract

Energy supplier Standing Charge Unit Price kWh
Octopus Energy 27.38 13.67
BGLite 28.14 13.12
Dual Energy  26.19 13.20
SSE 30.22 13.58
British Gas 33.21 13.38
Scotish Power  31.14 13.16
TotalGP  34.55 13.92
Gazprom 34.58 13.61
Opus  31.00 13.72
EDF 25.00 14.50
Npower  24.09 14.00
EON 30.00 13.28

Energy supplier prices correct as of 17/03/2020 and based on a business electricity meter type

The average Standing charge based on a 3 year contract is 27.24 pence. The average unit rate based on a 3 year contract is 13.94

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Business gas prices for 3,4 and 5 year contract

Region Unit rate kWh
3 year 
Standing charge
3 year 
Unit rate kWh
4 year 
Standing charge
4 year 
Unit rate kWh
5 year 
Standing charge
5 year 
East Anglia 3.87 37.55 3.85 40.38 3.64 40.23
East Midlands 3.90 37.32 3.86 40.02 3.65 40.10
North East 3.94 39.27 3.95 43.35 3.72 42.59
North Thames 3.96 40.14 3.94 44.92 3.70 43.69
North Wales 3.96 39.22 3.95 43.15 3.71 42.75
North West 3.93 38.53 3.91 42.36 3.67 41.71
Northern 3.91 38.83 3.89 42.71 3.65 41.72
Scotland 3.95 40.15 3.95 44.82 3.73 43.79
South East 3.99 40.42 3.98 45.68 3.75 44.32
South Wales 3.92 38.75 3.90 42.55 3.66 41.82
South West 3.95 40.62 3.96 45.78 3.75 44.50
Southern 4.02 41.21 4.03 47.14 3.79 45.58
West Midlands 3.94 38.71 3.91 42.59 3.70 41.93

Busines gas prices correct as of 07/05/2020

Historic prices of fuels (gas and electricity) purchased by non-domestic consumers in the United Kingdom (excluding the Climate Change Levy)

Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   15.84   15.49   16.09
Small   14.25   13.76   13.95
Small/Medium   12.85   12.31   12.44
Medium   12.09   11.24   11.51
Large   11.41   10.62   11.25
Very Large   11.18   10.13   10.01
Extra Large   10.77   10.00   9.68
Average   12.37   11.62   11.66
Gas
Very Small 3.952 4.521 5.895
Small 2.437 2.541 2.859
Medium 2.355 2.202 2.197
Large 1.849 1.720 1.659
Very Large 1.881 1.448 1.357
Average 2.450 2.302 2.250
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   14.64   14.97   15.26   16.18
Small   12.94   12.84   13.32   13.93
Small/Medium   11.38   11.49   11.75   12.81
Medium   10.72   10.89   11.03   11.91
Large   10.16   10.33   10.39   11.00
Very Large   9.85   10.00   10.09   10.26
Extra Large   9.18   9.43   9.83   9.87
Average   11.06   11.12   11.35   11.94
Gas
Very Small 3.430 4.053 4.883 4.088
Small 2.099 2.697 3.277 2.601
Medium 2.090 2.325 2.330 2.395
Large 1.770 1.736 1.822 1.924
Very Large 1.675 1.721 1.999 1.962
Average 2.188 2.362 2.442 2.458
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   13.34   13.67   14.06   14.03
Small   12.00   11.91   12.07   12.35
Small/Medium   10.63   10.43   10.52   11.01
Medium   10.06   9.90   9.96   10.39
Large   9.98   9.96   9.84   10.49
Very Large   9.84   9.96   9.77   10.17
Extra Large   9.07   8.72   8.73   9.29
Average   10.55   10.38   10.38   10.89
Gas
Very Small 3.529 4.037 4.892 3.665
Small 2.079 2.318 2.286 1.900
Medium 2.050 2.024 1.978 1.836
Large 1.583 1.522 1.543 1.522
Very Large 1.536 1.363 1.430 1.550
Average 2.133 2.128 2.036 1.979
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   12.56   12.39   12.22   12.31
Small   11.71   11.21   11.59   11.78
Small/Medium   10.41   10.07   10.27   10.66
Medium   9.63   9.27   9.44   9.92
Large   9.48   9.27   9.23   9.79
Very Large   9.27   9.07   9.06   9.71
Extra Large   8.88   9.04   8.96   9.41
Average   10.17   9.92   9.99   10.43
Gas
Very Small 3.773 4.046 5.021 3.606
Small 2.441 2.361 2.692 2.040
Medium 2.254 1.981 2.101 1.974
Large 1.771 1.514 1.584 1.607
Very Large 1.497 1.208 1.270 1.502
Average 2.418 2.232 2.236 2.130
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   13.53   13.06   12.85   12.60
Small   11.92   11.68   11.81   11.73
Small/Medium   10.59   10.42   10.56   10.47
Medium   9.81   9.72   9.75   9.70
Large   9.56   9.66   9.41   9.66
Very Large   9.39   9.37   9.28   9.27
Extra Large   9.03   8.98   9.03   9.19
Average   10.35   10.18   10.16   10.24
Gas
Very Small 3.837 4.378 4.832 4.184
Small 2.861 2.630 3.068 2.549
Medium 2.584 2.339 2.456 2.367
Large 2.165 1.919 1.952 1.894
Very Large 1.875 1.737 1.674 1.668
Average 2.762 2.597 2.652 2.522
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   13.20   13.42   13.72   13.60
Small   11.44   11.42   11.36   11.53
Small/Medium   10.28   10.19   10.08   10.34
Medium   9.46   9.30   9.12   9.52
Large   9.39   9.46   9.06   9.50
Very Large   9.02   9.19   8.70   9.39
Extra Large   9.03   8.74   8.56   9.18
Average   10.06   9.94   9.85   10.18
Gas
Very Small 4.067 4.445 5.063 4.411
Small 3.140 3.383 3.540 2.803
Medium 2.959 2.859 2.586 2.654
Large 2.560 2.144 2.111 2.247
Very Large 2.246 1.916 1.812 2.044
Average 3.061 2.850 2.739 2.820
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   12.03   12.09   13.07   13.81
Small   10.52   10.79   10.89   11.19
Small/Medium   9.48   9.65   9.63   9.96
Medium   8.62   8.82   8.82   9.34
Large   8.55   9.06   8.80   9.06
Very Large   8.65   8.84   8.50   8.77
Extra Large   8.19   8.26   8.51   8.68
Average   9.29   9.46   9.45   9.92
Gas
Very Small 3.867 4.175 4.673 4.153
Small 2.977 3.223 3.511 3.089
Medium 2.840 2.906 2.908 2.914
Large 2.577 2.588 2.539 2.550
Very Large 2.290 2.224 2.259 2.270
Average 2.938 3.028 2.980 2.954
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   12.20   11.96   12.30   12.52
Small   10.36   10.14   10.39   10.40
Small/Medium   9.05   8.95   9.08   9.24
Medium   8.11   8.18   8.27   8.46
Large   7.78   8.26   7.99   8.41
Very Large   6.80   7.91   7.84   8.20
Extra Large   7.62   7.92   7.86   8.29
Average   8.90   8.85   8.84   9.17
Gas
Very Small 3.752 4.009 4.425 3.953
Small 2.883 2.988 2.955 2.839
Medium 2.525 2.579 2.466 2.655
Large 2.361 2.336 2.222 2.461
Very Large 2.093 1.978 2.087 2.247
Average 2.757 2.765 2.640 2.794
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   11.01   11.41   11.78   13.04
Small   9.65   9.56   9.75   10.22
Small/Medium   8.09   8.23   8.39   8.92
Medium   7.46   7.40   7.46   7.99
Large   6.93   7.24   7.07   7.39
Very Large   7.03   7.01   6.64   7.14
Extra Large   6.96   6.58   6.98   7.26
Average   8.13   8.06   8.12   8.68
Gas
Very Small 3.120 3.388 3.313 3.555
Small 2.263 2.409 2.518 2.799
Medium 1.982 2.094 2.012 2.451
Large 1.933 2.072 1.939 2.317
Very Large 1.959 2.091 1.933 2.089
Average 2.204 2.288 2.144 2.552
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   11.97   12.02   12.14   11.94
Small   9.78   9.70   9.78   9.59
Small/Medium   8.24   8.17   8.15   8.07
Medium   7.30   7.11   7.16   7.27
Large   7.04   6.59   6.50   6.56
Very Large   6.83   6.34   6.43   6.57
Extra Large   7.11   6.24   6.64   6.40
Average   8.47   8.15   8.21   8.14
Gas
Very Small 3.205 3.322 3.326 2.857
Small 2.357 2.314 2.323 2.173
Medium 1.940 1.742 1.742 1.863
Large 1.775 1.568 1.642 1.827
Very Large 1.418 1.361 1.593 1.840
Average 2.151 1.927 1.898 2.057
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small  11.87r   11.86   12.05  11.87r
Small  10.04r   10.05   10.11  9.84r
Small/Medium  9.14r   9.33   9.06  8.25r
Medium  8.24r   8.36   7.98  7.40r
Large  8.08r   8.23   7.73   7.26
Very Large  8.00r   8.18   7.72   7.23
Extra Large  7.07r   6.89   6.61   7.06
Average  9.06r   9.13   8.85  8.56r
Gas
Very Small 3.727 3.630 3.458 3.116
Small 2.892 2.703 2.184 2.079
Medium 2.672  2.276r 1.869 1.803
Large 2.501  1.909r 1.700 1.653
Very Large 2.124  1.436r 0.998 1.224
Average 2.795  2.405r 1.860 1.935
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small   9.75   9.86   10.45   11.29
Small   8.26   8.28   8.81   9.77
Small/Medium   7.26   7.26   7.76   9.77
Medium   6.37   6.73   7.18   9.23
Large   6.28   6.61   7.01   8.84
Very Large   6.46   6.86   7.11   9.36
Extra Large   5.65  6.15r  6.30r   7.67
Average   7.12   7.43   7.81   9.45
Gas
Very Small 2.927 2.945 3.168 3.548
Small 2.347 2.375 2.480 2.954
Medium 1.962 2.150 2.222 2.651
Large 1.862 2.059 2.148 2.566
Very Large 1.743 2.053 2.085 2.286
Average 2.141 2.253 2.301 2.782
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 9.27   9.57   9.67   9.67
Small 7.97   7.29   7.99   8.09
Small/Medium 7.75   6.59   7.20   7.15
Medium 7.00   6.23   6.26   6.32
Large 6.61   5.74   5.92   6.01
Very Large 6.69   5.62   5.63   5.81
Extra Large 6.32   4.76   4.19   5.35
Average 7.39   6.49   6.63   6.87
Gas
Very Small  2.816r 2.621 2.580 2.651
Small  2.621r 2.260 1.919 2.234
Medium  2.151r 1.811 1.543 1.800
Large 1.894 1.376 1.291 1.588
Very Large 1.374 0.968 1.048 1.512
Average  2.164r 1.718 1.516 1.908
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 7.30 7.88 8.53 9.10
Small 6.54 6.66 7.04 7.76
Small/Medium 6.66 6.48 6.60 7.73
Medium 5.98 5.91 5.85 6.97
Large 5.88 5.65 5.68 6.56
Very Large 5.00 5.01 5.03 5.49
Extra Large        
Average 6.09 6.10 6.24 7.03
Gas
Very Small 2.266 2.173 2.442 2.623
Small 2.303 2.126 2.244 2.364
Medium 2.282 1.941 2.037 1.982
Large 2.317 1.743 1.666 1.847
Very Large 2.016 1.412 1.281 1.447
Average 2.255 1.858 1.820 2.012
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 6.29 6.56 6.79 6.98
Small 5.57 5.57 5.74 6.32
Small/Medium 4.91 4.91 5.09 6.06
Medium 4.27 4.25 4.36 5.53
Large 4.10 4.06 4.08 5.04
Very Large 3.63 3.68 3.88 4.58
Extra Large        
Average 4.57 4.60 4.74 5.52
Gas
Very Small 1.709 1.761 1.777 1.989
Small 1.612 1.761 1.709 1.993
Medium 1.495 1.656 1.505 1.897
Large 1.370 1.350 1.260 1.769
Very Large 1.242 1.243 1.143 1.945
Average 1.488 1.561 1.443 1.910
Fuel Size of consumer 1st quarter 2st quarter 3st quarter 4st quarter
Electricity
Very Small 5.84 5.91 6.07 6.14
Small 5.09 4.91 4.43 4.35
Small/Medium 3.75 3.82 3.59 4.51
Medium 3.30 3.30 3.39 3.97
Large 3.14 3.04 3.39 3.93
Very Large 2.76 2.65 2.93 3.63
Extra Large        
Average 3.72 3.59 3.66 4.46
Gas
Very Small 1.488 1.363 1.598 1.370
Small 1.295 1.221 1.445 1.303
Medium 1.078 1.185 1.144 1.250
Large 0.982 0.987 0.862 1.140
Very Large 0.844 1.025 0.953 0.992
Average 1.162 1.151 1.150 1.224

Average non-domestic gas prices excluding CCL

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Average non-domestic electricity prices excluding CCL

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Business energy comparison in kWh (Business gas usage and Business electricity usage)

Energy usage can vary per business, to give you a rough guide of how much your business should be using energy, we have explained below by business size.

Business electricity prices compared against usage and Business size

Business size Low end usage (kWh) High end usage (kWh) Daily standing charge Unite price (per kWh) Average annual price
Micro business 5000 15000 23p - 29p 14.4p - 15.9p £900 - £2,244
Small business 15000 25000 23p - 28p 14.3p - 15.1p £2,367 - £3,660
Medium business 25000 50000 23p - 27p 14.3p - 14.7p £3,774 - £7,234

Business gas prices compared against usage and Business size

Business size Low end usage (kWh) High end usage (kWh) Daily standing charge Unite price (per kWh) Average annual price
Micro business 5000 15000 19p - 25p 5p - 5.1p £400 - £820
Small business 15000 30000 19p - 25p 4.5p - 5p £820 - £1458
Medium business 30000 50000 24p - 25p 4.3p - 4.5p £1458 - £2239

How does commercial energy differ from domestic energy?

  • Business energy unit rates are usually cheaper.
  • Commercial energy contracts are typically longer.
  • No cooling-off period for business energy contracts.
  • All business contracts are for a single fuel (gas or electric). Businesses can have two contracts with the same supplier but fuels are not bundled together in a dual fuel tariff like suppliers do with domestic energy.

What to consider to get the best energy prices for your small business

If you’re a small business owner and you’re looking to manage your financial outgoings, reducing your business energy prices can be a quick and simple way to make cost savings.

Small businesses that don’t switch or renegotiate before the time an energy contract ends will almost always be put onto a rollover contract. More often than not, rollover contracts won’t give you cheap business energy prices. Expensive supplier rates can be a serious and unnecessary drain on your cash flow.

Thankfully, as a small business owner, you have alternative options to find the best business energy prices. With Free Price Compare, you can browse through a wide variety of gas and electricity suppliers to find the cheapest energy deals. Easy!

Can cheap business energy prices still be environmentally sustainable?

In the day-to-day running of your business, reducing your carbon footprint might not be your number one priority. But, did you know that going green has the real potential of saving your business money while doing your bit for the planet?

The good news is that switching to a green, environmentally sustainable business energy supplier is simple. With more options than ever before, UK business owners can choose an energy supplier and embrace renewable energy.

While it’s not too hard to find an energy supplier who can supply 100% green electricity, if you’re looking for a bundled gas deal you might have to turn to one of the smaller business energy suppliers.

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Business Energy FAQS

As a business, lowering costs makes a lot of sense. When it comes to energy, a company uses a lot more on average than a UK household. That can amount to over 10% of overall costs.

At Free Price Compare, our aim is to get our customers onto the best value tariff. So, we compare hundreds of tariffs across the market to get the right one for your business.

Savings vary, but what we can say with confidence is that we will find a competitive quote. That quote will usually be significantly cheaper than the current renewal offer made by your current supplier.

Our process is very straightforward. Our expertly trained advisers are on hand to make sure each step is undertaken seamlessly. We'll ask you questions relating to the supply of the business property, all of which can be found directly on your bill. A comparison is then generated. If accepted, our advisers will walk you through the application process.

Call us today on 0203 919 094 to get a quote now.

We can offer contracts that range from one to five years. Generally, the longer the contract, the more expensive it gets. However, a longer contract will give you security against price increases.

Some tariffs come with a free smart meter to help you monitor consumption of your usage.

Green tariffs are increasingly popular for tackling climate change. They'll often be generated from 100% renewable energy. Though it's essential to keep in mind, all tariffs include an element of renewable energy.

Charities and not for profit organisations pay 5% VAT and no Climate Change Levy (CCL). That brings the cost down, like for like against commercial organisations.

Introduced in 2001 by the then Government, it is a 'Green' tax on businesses using energy.

The short answer is yes. As long as your business is run from home and the separation is documented on a VAT Declaration form (between what is domestic and what is commercial usage). For further guidelines, contact HMRC.

Feed-In tariffs are designed for establishments, both commercial and residential, that generate their own electricity. If you are able to sell excess energy to the grid, you'll get money back.

FITs are separate agreements, and in most cases have no impact on tariffs offered by us. For more information on FITs, visit the Energy Savings Trust website.

No, energy companies are billing companies - their job is to look after the billing side. As a billing company, they're not involved in the generation and distribution of gas and electricity.

Green Energy comes from 100% renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro, whereas Brown Energy has an element that's Green. On average just under 33% of Brown Energy is Green while the rest is produced from fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

Your most recent bill will have all the information we need to give you an accurate quote, including:

  • The current supplier
  • Tariff name and end date
  • MPAN/MPR
  • How much energy is being used (in KWH or cost in pounds)

Don't have all the information? Our expert advisers can still give you a quote.

The great advantage of a business contract is that we're able to book energy agreements 6-12m before your current contract ends.

If you're just moved into a new property, check if you're receiving electricity and the gas supply. If everything is working, ask the estate agent or outgoing tenant who the supplier is. Due to you being a new 'business mover', the supply will be on "Deemed" or "Out of Contract" rates which are very expensive. Just give us a call on 0203 919 094 to get the best deal for your business.

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Page last updated on: 17/06/2024

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