There is one thing that British energy consumers should be happy about, even if the economy is pretty sordid and if energy bills seem to be in a frenzy to get ever higher than ever - choice! It is one of the most important aspects of life that anyone could enjoy, and one that should not be overlooked, considering that importance that it has in our daily lives, right from ordinary stuff to important things that could be life-changing. There is immense choice available in terms of energy suppliers in Britain, and all that British consumers, domestic as well as business energy consumers, have to do is to exercise their right to choose.
The list of energy suppliers in Britain has grown longer than ever before, with so many private players providing quality services across the nation. Starting from Airtricity and Atlantic, through British Gas, the largest provider of energy in the country, E.ON, First Utility, npower and Scottish Hydro, to smaller players such as Spark Energy, Good Energy and Green Energy UK, which have taken the lead in the supply of energy from renewable sources, Ebico, the not-for-profit energy organisation and many more, there is no dearth of choice for both domestic and business energy consumers.
However, it is questionable if this choice is exercised by consumers, for whatever reasons that may prove to be a hindrance in switching of energy suppliers. Gone are the days of monopoly energy suppliers who controlled the market and dictated prices. In a competitive world, consumers have so much to gain, just by choosing whom to get their supplies from.
And these days, businesses are free to choose their favourite energy suppliers without being constrained by their existing contracts, just like consumer are at liberty to choose among the numerous options available. Hence, while the larger players have traditionally commanded the king's share of the market, the smaller and the unconventional new energy suppliers are giving the big guys a run for their money.
Businesses, however, face the issue of evaluating the different energy suppliers, even as choosing among the players and negotiating with them to sign up for the best plans is an issue by itself. That's the reason British companies choose experts in the field to do the negotiation, choose the service providers and process the paperwork on their behalf.
And there definitely is no reason why businesses should live with high prices, in a world full of choice.