When a business owner is just getting started with a commercial endeavor, they are often surprised to learn how different certain services can look. One perfect example is business energy services. While a residential customer signs up to be connected to the power grid and pays a certain price every month, power services for a commercial business can be substantially different. This is especially true in terms of business energy rates compared to residential energy rates.
A number of factors go into determining the standard rate a business will have to pay for the energy the building uses. Likewise, there can be other charges involved in the end bill. Take a closer look at the factors that can influence commercial energy costs.
Geographic location has a lot to do with energy rates, but can be especially influential over business energy rates. Your location determines the availability of power generation sources. For example, some locations are closer to nuclear or coal power supplies than others. beyond the general proximity to a power generation source, your precise location on the power grid in a local area can determine energy rates. For example, if the demand for power is higher in your business location, you may pay higher commercial energy rates.
Local Energy Supply and Demand
Supply and demand is always a factor in determining commercial rates for energy. This is why commercial customers may see a higher rate in the winter when more customers are using energy to heat their homes and businesses. As a major energy consumer within the area, you may actually see higher rates than a standard residential customer when the demand for energy is especially high. Likewise, if the demand is low or there is a surplus of energy available, you may see the rates go down.
Average Energy Consumption of the Business
Business owners tend to pay bigger surcharges and fees than average residential customers. This alone can make your average bill higher. For example, some energy companies charge environmental surcharges or fees that are figured as a percentage charge based on the overall amount of energy consumed. To get a better understanding of how much your energy rates are and how much the fees you are paying, pay close attention to the breakdown of costs given on your bill. Further, if surcharges and fees will be added to your monthly energy cost, these extra charges should be disclosed in your initial service contract.
For more information on business energy rates, contact a company near you.