Commercial Electricity Service

In today’s economy, anything a business can do to reduce their overhead is a key advantage in the marketplace. Utilities are one area where many companies struggle to keep operating costs under control, often due to skyrocketing commercial energy rates.

Many businesses think that lowering their utility costs can only be done through a major investment in energy-efficient equipment or overhaul of their operations. In contrast, however, the thought of switching to a different commercial energy supplier doesn’t even enter the mind of many business owners.

But for other forward-thinking businesses, shopping around for more affordable commercial electricity is proving to be a great way of differentiating between business energy suppliers. And the end result is that often, without having to make any investment whatsoever, the simple switch to another energy provider with a more competitive commercial electricity rate can result in substantial and ongoing savings.

More Competitive Commercial Electricity Rates Through Deregulation

It used to be that commercial electricity rates in PA, MD, and OH were regulated by the government, and only local business electricity suppliers could sell electricity to customers within their designated areas. But with the implementation of deregulation, which occurred in 1997 in PA, 1999 in MD, and 2001 in OH, independent energy suppliers have been allowed to enter the marketplace to competitively sell energy products and services to their customers.

These energy suppliers also have the freedom to provide electricity produced by various utilities to commercial and residential customers — they’re not restricted to just one utility company.

Shipley Energy Offers Competitive Business Electricity Plans to Companies in PA, MD, and OH

When you put all of the points above together, it becomes clear that Shipley Energy supplies competitively priced electricity to businesses that are served by the following PA, MD, and OH utilities:

PA

  • Duquesne Light
  • Met-Ed
  • PECO Energy
  • Penelec
  • PPL Electric Utilities

MD

  • Baltimore Gas and Electric

OH

  • Dayton Power & Light
  • Duke Energy

How Competition Lowers Commercial Electric Rates

What many organizations still don’t realize is that with the deregulation of commercial energy in PA, MD, and OH, you now have the option of shopping around and taking advantage of low commercial electricity prices from business electricity suppliers like Shipley Energy.

Deregulation introduces the element of competition — and as you’ve undoubtedly learned from your own experiences in running a business, competition between multiple suppliers typically results in lower prices, and the same holds true for commercial electric prices. Not to mention that with a company like Shipley Energy, our more than 85 years of experience in the energy sector gives us leverage when we put our resources to work for our customers.

While some companies in the energy sector have proven slow to accept change, we’ve embraced innovation — not only in how energy is produced and traded, but also in how we can run our business more efficiently without losing our trademark superior customer service. By implementing features like paperless documentation, e-billing and the streamlining of invoicing, we have eliminated many non-essential administrative fees.

These changes mean we have fewer overhead costs, and that empowers us to share those savings with our customers through even lower electricity and fuel prices.

Why Choose Shipley Energy for Your Commercial Electricity Needs?

Shipley Energy is a trusted business energy supplier that has a thorough understating of the complexities of the commercial electric marketplace. We’re fully prepared to help your business enter the PA/MD/OH electricity landscape. More importantly, we’re a proud local business with a long history that stretches back more than eight decades.

For more than 85 years, we’ve been a leading supplier of natural gas, propane, heating oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel for residential, commercial and industrial customers in PA, MD, and OH. We’re currently working with over 2,000 commercial customers just like you. By successfully managing so many existing energy divisions, Shipley Energy has gained a wide range of knowledge in the field — and we’re excited to have the opportunity to let our experience benefit your business.

That's also why we keep up with investments in our equipment and consistently train our staff. You don't just need power — you need reliable power, great prices, and superior customer service.

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Need Help Determining the Appropriate Pricing Structure for Your Business?

When you choose us as your energy supplier, we’ll help you analyze your energy needs and determine the pricing structure that will benefit you all year long. We offer fixed rate commercial electricity plans for businesses with heavy energy needs. By choosing fixed rate, you gain an important hedge against fluctuating energy costs that makes it easier to budget effectively.

And whether you need to conduct a full energy audit or just have some questions knowledgeably answered before deciding on a pricing plan that fits your needs, our energy advisors are always happy to listen and offer their expert advice. When you work with us, it’s like having a dedicated partner in your strategic energy plan.

How to Control Your Costs with Shipley Energy

All businesses are different. The peak periods, manufacturing schedules, and other factors that affect your energy needs are unique to your organization. A commercial electricity pricing plan that works for your competitors may not be right for you. That’s why Shipley Energy takes the time and does the research necessary to develop customized solutions for each of our business customers.

Learn more about the benefits of choosing a commercial energy supplier by contacting Shipley Energy today. We are available at your convenience for a free, on-site consultation or commercial electricity quote from one of our energy experts. With Shipley Energy as your energy partner you can make better, more informed decisions when it comes to how you consume energy, how you budget, and how you choose to pay for its consumption.

A Valued Partner to Businesses Throughout PA, MD, & OH

No matter what industry you’re in, Shipley Energy will take the time to understand your energy needs and provide service that helps keeps your overhead costs low. In today’s economic climate, this is a valuable advantage that can potentially save you thousands of dollars each year — without any major investment in new equipment or upgrades to your facility.

With Shipley Energy, you can enjoy savings, reliable service and the knowledge that you have an energy partner who is committed to your region. Throughout the history of our company, we’ve been proud of the many longstanding relationships we’ve forged with our customers. While we always want to run a successful business, we know our success is built on properly serving the commercial and residential energy needs of our loyal customers.

Learn More About the Benefits of Making Shipley Energy Your Commercial Electricity Supplier

Choosing an electricity supplier for your PA, MD, and OH business can be confusing. Feel free to contact us to learn more about your options and receive expert guidance that will allow you to make an informed business decision. We’ll also be happy to provide more detailed information about our products and services, as well as a no-obligation electricity quote.

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How to Choose a Commercial Electricity Provider for Small Businesses

How to Choose a Commercial Electricity Provider for Small Businesses

In the guide below, we will cover the following topics around choosing a commercial electricity provider for your small business in order to help you control costs, find the right fit, and get started!

  1. Common Challenges of Choosing an Electricity Provider
  2. How to Choose a Small Business Electricity Provider
  3. Why Partner With Shipley Energy for Your Electricity Needs?
  4. Contact Shipley Energy for Commercial Electricity Services

Before the late 1990s, businesses had to rely on locally designated, government-regulated utilities for electrical services. With the sudden advent of deregulation, alternate Providers were allowed to compete. Today, businesses have more options when it comes to electricity. No longer must businesses rely on the same utilities that serve local residents.

For smaller businesses, this change has been particularly liberating because it frees entrepreneurs from the bureaucratic terms of the old utilities. All of this raises questions about how to shop for business electricity rates.

Common Challenges of Choosing an Electricity Provider

With each new year, consumers see price hikes in fuel and energy. For businesses, these hikes can lead to crippling overhead costs that ultimately get passed onto consumers. In this regard, one of the largest business expenses is electricity, which is often hard for smaller businesses to manage due to the following factors:

1. So Many Choices

For the vast majority of small business owners, the tasks involved with running a business are thoroughly time-consuming. When all of the tasks involving orders, shipments, inventory, sales and payroll are taken into account, factors such as electricity are merely an afterthought. However, there are savings to be found for those who explore their options in this area. A lot of small business owners could easily pay less on their electrical bills than they currently do with their local utilities.

If you are one of these business owners, the first thing to ask yourself is whether you feel that you currently pay too much for electricity. Do the bills seem to cut into your bottom line? Imagine if you could cut your expenses by 10%. Then imagine how the difference would add up on an annual basis.

2. Little-Known Options

When it comes to electricity for small businesses, the options do not end with the basic utility companies. In fact, local utility companies are just the tip of the iceberg. One could even argue that small businesses should not rely on the same energy facilities as local residents because the needs of entrepreneurs are different than those of homeowners.

For starters, electricity is more than just a necessity when you run a business — it's a key component of your overhead expenses. On a business premise, you are liable to consume more energy each month than the typical homeowner. Even if you merely run a modest retail outlet comprised of one large shopping area, the costs associated with heating and cooling the space can add up quickly.

Consider also that you would need to keep the HVAC running throughout the day, during the hours when most homeowners are out at work. For most homeowners, heating and cooling are nighttime expenses. For small business owners, heating and especially cooling are vital functions throughout the day. During the warm months when daytime humidity is at its peak, these expenses are generally far higher for businesses than for homeowners.

Consequently, electricity is liable to comprise a huge chunk of your business overhead. Like most business owners, you would probably like to trim your overhead and boost profits in every way possible. If you switch to a private energy supplier, you could trim your electrical expenses and save significant sums of money.

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3. Confusing Pricing and Payment Options

When you rely on the local electrical utility, prices generally fluctuate according to the market. One month you might pay a certain amount for electricity, and then the next month your bill could be 5% higher. With each increase, these amounts can cut into your bottom line significantly. Imagine if you could pay a locked-in rate each month for the duration of your contract with an energy supplier.

As you initially examine the possibilities outside of the general utility companies, the options might seem confusing at first. This is actually one of the positive aspects of having so many choices because the differing quotes are indicative of a competitive market. When suppliers have to compete for your business, it gives them the incentive to offer the best possible deals.

4. Less Leeway for Excess Spending

In contrast to larger corporations, small businesses cannot afford bloated operating costs. If your business were a multi-national entity with locations in every major city, the electrical bills at a given outlet would amount to little more than a drop in the bucket of the overall operating expenses. The same does not hold true when you operate a single storefront. As a small business owner, you need to cut expenses in every way possible. You cannot let excess spending go unexamined.

Small Business Cost Control

Paradoxically, some people assume that local utilities are the most economical option when it comes to electrical services. However, you can actually save money when you select a more specialized energy supplier.

How to Choose a Small Business Electricity Provider

To determine which electricity plan is best for your budget and energy needs, take inventory of your current usage and fees. This will arm you with the knowledge to compare and contrast your current plan with competing costs.

1. Know Your Current Usage and Costs

As you consider the possibility of small business energy suppliers, one of the first things to examine is the details of your pre-existing plan. This way, you can determine if your current plan is the best deal for the time being or whether it would be better to switch. If, like a lot of users, you do not know the details of your plan, now is the time to pull out the old receipts and emails and examine the figures and fine print. Pay attention to the following details:

  • Pricing structure: This would be the rate you pay in a given month, whether it's stable or constantly in flux. Any applicable fees or taxes would also apply. Do the rates seem reasonable or do they claim too much of your monthly operating budget? Determine if the rate is set at a fixed monthly amount for the duration of your contract or if the amount varies according to market prices.
  • Contract length: What is the length of your contract with your current utility company? If you recently agreed to a 12- or 24-month contract, you probably know the answer, but if you signed on for a package deal based on a sweetheart promo, you might have glossed over the contract length itself.
  • Projected totals: When you examine the amount that you have thus far paid with the utility and add on the projected total of what you will likely pay by the end of the contract, it should help you determine whether you are paying too much for your electricity.
  • Cancellation fees: Another factor that could determine if the time is right to switch is whether your current utility imposes a cancellation fee. If there is a fee, would it exceed the amount that you would otherwise save if you could switch today without a hitch? Utilities impose cancellation fees to secure some of the money they would make through the full-duration of a contract. If the fee is steep yet there are only three months left on your current contract, you are probably best off waiting until the contract ends to switch Providers.
  • Monthly usage: The amount of energy that you use in a given month could affect your bills if you cross over a certain limit. Some users, however, restrict their monthly usage to keep their bills below a certain threshold. Whether you are happy with your current usage amounts or wish to use more, you could potentially save money either way with a commercial electricity Provider.
  • Electricity demand (kWh/kVA): If your current utility provided you with a demand meter, you should have a display of the kWh and kVA usage categories. The former applies to delivery charge for your electrical usage during a span of time, as measured in kilowatt hours (KWh). The latter applies to the demand charge for the electrical capacity that you would use at any given moment, as measured in kilowatts or kilo-volt-amperes (kVA). Read this meter to determine your rate per kilowatt hour.
  • Renewable vs. non-renewable: Another concern regarding energy usage is its impact on the environment. Depending on the energy source, your business could contribute to the spread or reduction of greenhouse gases. It largely depends on just how much of the energy comes from renewable sources. If you have not done so already, look into the energy sources of your current utility and compare that to the alternative options at hand.

Utility Cancellation Fees

Over the past 20 years, the spread of commercial energy suppliers has expanded the availability of energy. This has brought the price down and rendered some of the old utility rates outdated.

2. Assess Your Risk Tolerance

Once you have a clear understanding of your current energy usage costs and contract, you can conduct a risk tolerance assessment. Risk tolerance is your business's ability to withstand large fluctuations in energy prices. The level of risk tolerance will vary between businesses depending on their unique goals and demands.

Understanding your risk tolerance is a great step toward developing a comprehensive and efficient energy procurement strategy that aligns with your business goals.

3. Research Thoroughly and Shop Around

To find the small business electricity rates that best suit your business, read up on the offers from all the competing suppliers that service your area. Some of the key questions to keep in mind as you comparison shop include the following:

  • Which companies have the best rates?
  • Of those companies, which ones offer the best terms of service?
  • Do any of them lock you into a contract or are you free to pay month-to-month and cancel at any time?
  • What are your options in the event of an emergency?

These and other questions should help you narrow the search down to a commercial energy supplier that will offer a plan most conducive to the needs of your business.

4. What to Look for in an Electricity Provider

If you are wondering how to choose an electricity Provider, consider all of the reasons why you would make the switch in the first place. Services features like round-the-clock, emergency help and reliable pricing should be at the top of any list. Look for the following features with each Provider that you examine:

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  • Reliability and dependability: Commercial electricity for small businesses should always come from a reliable source. Make sure that the supplier you choose has a good reputation among customers. As you research a prospective energy supplier, do an internet search for reviews on the company. This should give you a clear indicator of whether other customers are happy with the service in question. If the reviews are positive, keep reading. If you see complaints about unreliable service, look elsewhere.
  • 24/7 service: Another feature that every small business electricity Provider should offer is service at all hours around the clock. If an issue arises at any time, day or night, you should have the option to contact the service Provider to report the problem and have things rectified as soon as possible. Depending on the hours that you operate and the conditions in your area, you can never be 100% sure that everything will run as expected. With 24/7 service, you are safeguarded from the unexpected.
  • Predictable pricing: One of the main reasons to switch from a local utility to a commercial electricity Provider is to have a more predictable pricing structure. As a small business owner, you can balance your budget and forecast expenses with greater accuracy when the principle costs behind your business, including electricity, are determined in advance.
  • Usage reports: As you settle in with a new Provider, it would be beneficial for bookkeeping purposes to keep track of your energy usage. A commercial electricity Provider should send you regular reports with information about the rate and frequency of your energy consumption. This can help you more accurately determine how much energy you will need in a given month and which energy-reliant mechanisms should be maintained or eliminated.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, weather conditions and power-plant operating costs are two major contributing factors to price fluctuations in electricity. To avoid such costly unpredictability, lock in fixed rates with a small business electricity Provider.

Why Partner With Shipley Energy for Your Electricity Needs?

For more than 80 years, Shipley Energy has provided fuel and energy to homes and businesses in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Today, we are one of the leading small business energy suppliers in these three states. At Shipley Energy, we have harnessed the full range of digitized automation for billing and receipts. This has allowed us to reduce our overhead and pass that saving onto our business customers.

The needs of businesses are different, and the rates that work for one small shop or company are different than those that work for competing entities. At Shipley Energy, we approach this on an individual basis with each entrepreneur to provide some of the best small business electricity rates in the area.

For most small businesses, the best option is the fixed rate. This protects small businesses from the unpredictable price fluctuations that affect the regular utilities. When you lock in a fixed rate, you won't have to cope with spikes in electricity prices.

Contact Shipley Energy for Commercial Electricity Services

Shipley Energy offers commercial electricity services that feature year-round savings, predictable pricing and simplicity. We offer multiple pricing options so you can make the best choice for your small business's bottom line. Contact Shipley Energy to learn more about commercial energy services for small businesses.

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