In order to get the best business energy prices in the market, we encourage small business owners to have their business energy bill at hand.

The bill contains really useful information about how much energy the business is consuming in any given period and what is the energy price that the business is paying to the energy company.

When a small business is shopping and comparing energy prices in the market, the business will need to provide energy usage information to new suppliers to get the best rates. Business energy usage is based on monthly, quarterly and annual usage.

Business energy bills can be confusing

Many times, companies like British Gas, make energy bills very confusing. As you will see from the example below British Gas does not make life easy for small business owners. In this example – which British Gas provides on its website – one has to do a bit of maths to figure out business energy consumption.

To help small business owners understand their bills, we will be writing blogs and helpful guides to various UK energy companies’ bills.

Today we are writing about British Gas Business bills and how to read them. We focus on the most important bits to help small business owners to compare business energy prices and switch business energy providers.

The main point of information is how much energy the business is using and whether the business has one or several energy meters. The example below is for a small business with a single meter.

1. Your Site Details

This will either show your address, or list the number of sites covered by the bill. You'll also see:

• Whether the bill is for gas or electricity
• The dates the bill applies to

2. Summary of charges

This will either show your address, or list the number of sites covered by the bill. You'll also see:

• Whether the bill is for gas or electricity
• The dates the bill applies to

3. Bill Amount and due date

Here you'll see how much you owe and either the date you need to pay by, or when we'll collect your Direct Debit.

4. Your account number

It’s important to quote this if you need to get in touch with us.

5. emergency phone number

In the case of a power cut or gas leak, please ring this number. Your distributor is responsible for the distribution of electricity and gas to your local area.

6. What to do if you're moving your business

Here you will be given instructions on what to do if you plan to move business premises.

7. Method of calculation

This will tell you if your bills are based on an estimated reading. To avoid this and get a more accurate bill, send your meter reading to British Gas at:
https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/meterread/submit-meter-read

8. Your energy usage

This shows your estimated or actual energy use in kilowatt hours (kWh).

9. Your meter supply number

This number is unique to your meter.

On an electricity meter, it’s known as the MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number).

On a gas meter, it’s known as the MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number).

10. What to do if you want to complain

Here you will find contact details and instructions on how to make a complaint to British Gas.