There are lots of things to consider when choosing the best gas company to service your business. Simply choosing the company with the lowest price could mean sacrificing gas quality, customer service, and even future business profits.
Search every company you find through the Better Business Bureau, and keep reading to learn our five tips for choosing the best fuel provider possible.
1. Choosing LPG vs. Natural Gas
The first decision you need to make is whether you want to use natural gas or LPG for your business. LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and burns hotter and cleaner than natural gas. The only downside is that you need a gas delivery service for the gas tanks, and you’re charged a rental fee for each tank you use.
Natural gas is delivered to a building through a mains gas connection, which is a series of pipes in the ground. This way, you have a constant supply of gas whenever you need it. You are charged a fee of under a dollar for every day you have the mains connection, so it’s best to decide how much gas you’re going to need for your business.
If you own a restaurant, cafe, or a place that needs a constant supply of gas, natural would be the cheaper option. However, if your business doesn’t require a large amount of gas, it’s cheaper over time to stick to LPG.
Now that you’ve chosen the right type of gas, the next step is finding the right price. Be sure to shop around before settling, but don’t always settle on the cheapest option possible.
If a company is able to offer you prices that are marginally lower than their competitors, it’s probably because they’re cutting corners to save money and therefore have a lower overhead.
Your best choice will be a company with fair prices that match the quality of services they offer.
3. Contract Terms
Always read the fine print before signing a contract with a gas company. Prices in the industry are known to fluctuate monthly, and the last thing your business needs is to receive a bill that is higher than agreed upon.
It’s also important to know how long the contract will last. If it’s your first time working with a gas company that ends up not delivering on their promises, you don’t want to be stuck with them for two more years.
4. Industry Knowledge
A good fuel supplier should be able to do more than just hook up your gas source. They should know the in’s and out’s of the industry and how to best use their products. During installation, they should be able to offer suggestions for how to make their gas work more effectively and last longer for your business.
When asking for a quote, have some basic questions ready, and don’t be afraid to ask for specifics.
5. Social Activity
This tip might seem somewhat unrelated, but it’s important to see what kind of social activity the company has. Check Angie’s List, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to see if they’re openly communicating with their customers. All companies will have shining testimonials on their website, but social media will tell you the real truth about their customer service.
The Best Gas Company For You
Now you have everything you need to start looking for the best gas company for your business.
Remember to always find ways to save money by being energy efficient, and never stop looking for a better deal.
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