Understanding Business Gas Contracts
Which comes first, business gas or domestic? Which is more economical, gasoline or natural gas? Is it more efficient? Is it safe? These are just some of the many questions that have to be answered by an understanding of business gas to determine whether it is the right choice for your company. Understanding the business gas industry can help you make the right decision regarding your company’s future usage of this key resource.
Between commercial consumers and businesses
business gas is called gasoline. Business gas is often called retail gas as well since it is used in many of the same locations that you find your regular gasoline sold. Commercial consumers rely on it to operate their businesses. Since it has to maintain with the rising needs of commercial customers, business gas is unlike regular gasoline. Unlike residential gas, business gas is not delivered in large containers; instead, it is delivered in smaller, more flexible tanks that must meet the needs of each specific business. As a result, businesses often need to buy new tanks regularly.
One of the most important factors
in deciding whether to use a particular gas supply is the price that is charged per gallon. When buying a gas supply, the buyer will want to pay the lowest price available. Gas prices are regulated by the Department of Transportation. If the price for the gas supplied by a supplier is lower than the regulated price, then the consumer is likely to switch suppliers. The consumer is also likely to call around and request that different suppliers quote the prices of business gas.
Gas supply contracts are another area of concern.
A contract often covers years. Some contracts provide flexibility only in the areas of mileage and unit costs. This means that when it comes time to switch suppliers, businesses may be unable to make a complete switch. Other contracts, such as a standard unit rate contract, are not as flexible, and businesses need to commit to their future purchases.
A standard gas tariff
will include some basic pricing elements. The price of a standard tariff will include the cost of delivery and the cost of installation. Some contracts may also include a charge for the use of an excess fee meter.
Excess fee meters
which allow businesses to purchase gas at a higher rate than the regulated unit rate, were first introduced in Australia in 2021. Businesses can buy excess fees through a supplier or directly. The amount that businesses pay for these excess fees will depend on the contract that they have signed with the supplier. In addition to buying gas at the regulated unit rate, there are other pricing elements to be considered when buying gas for your business. Contact a gas supplier today to discuss pricing options.