There are 212,000 farm holdings of various sizes that use electricity and gas for their business operations and it is important as any other business to keep an eye on their business energy spending to control their operational cost.
Agriculture in the United Kingdom uses 69% of the country's land area, employs 1.5% of its workforce (476,000 people) and contributes 0.6% of its gross value added (£9.9 billion). The UK produces less than 60% of the food it consumes. Agricultural activity occurs in most rural locations, it is concentrated in East Anglia (for crops) and the South West (livestock). There are 212,000 farm holdings, which vary widely in size.
Most farmers are not much familiar with the energy market and how energy suppliers offer their tariffs for small farms. According to the Farming Futures website, a 20pc cut in energy costs can represent the same bottom-line benefit as a 5pc increase in a farm’s sales. There are various ways to cut energy cost at a small farm; from implementing energy efficiency at the farm to compare and switch to a business energy supplier that offers the best electricity and gas rates.
The chart below shows use of energy types at typical farms. Poultry and pig farming use most electricity compare with other types of farming and if you fall in this category, it is important to get the best electric tariff from energy supplier.
At Business Energy Shop, we have smart price comparison services that offer free online price comparison from all business energy suppliers. It takes less than 60 seconds and you can compare and switch at your own convenience.
Alternatively, if you have any query regarding energy supply to your farm holding, get in touch with us by calling 0345 021 5000.