Zellar is a new online energy platform that connects small businesses directly with energy suppliers. By doing this we provide complete price transparency and there are no mark-ups or hidden charges. We have eliminated the need for brokers or third-party intermediaries and simply make the best market prices visible to you, putting businesses back in control of energy procurement.

Unlike domestic energy, commercial (business) energy is offered under a fixed term contract. There are many ways small businesses benefit from having a contracted deal with an energy supplier.

  • Prices are usually lower than domestic rates, and better deals are often available.
  • The price is fixed for the term of your contract, so budgeting is easier.
  • It is less susceptible to price fluctuations as your rate is locked in until the end of your contract.
  • Businesses on out of contract, or ‘deemed’ rates, can be paying up to 3x more than the average contract rate.

It is worth noting that there are no cooling off periods for most business contracts, and we would always recommend reading the suppliers terms and conditions before you sign.

Deemed rates,  or ‘out of contract’ rates, come into play at the end of your contract in the event you didn’t renew with your current supplier, or switch supplier on the day after your contract end date. 

We’ve kept it really simple by only having 4 steps between you and a new energy contract.

First create an account with us.

Then enter a few details about the address you are looking to get a deal for – we suggest you have a recent bill ready. Zellar will then find the best deals from our suppliers that match your requirements, usually in about 30 seconds.

Once you have chosen your deal, you’ll need to enter a few more details. The details needed will depend on your chosen supplier and the information they require to create a contract.

Next it’s onto contract signing via DocuSign, who are a secure online document signing service. They’ll automatically capture information, like your IP address, which makes the digitally signed contract as good, or better than a traditional paper contract.

Your signed contract will then be sent directly to your chosen supplier who will check it over and make sure they are happy with everything. Typically this will be completed within 3 working days and you’ll get an email when the supplier has completed their validation.

… and that’s it!

Suppliers give us their very best prices – and we promise we will never add a commission, so the rate you see will always be the lowest available for the suppliers we work with.

We invite you to check our prices against your supplier’s renewal, or any quotes you may have recently received for your supply, and see how we compare.

In effect this is a cancellation notice and tells your current supplier that you plan to leave them at the end of your contract.  

It usually must be submitted at least 28 days before the end of your contract, and with some suppliers, up to three months ahead of your contract end date. Check your current Terms and Conditions for more details. 

Without this notice, even if your contract has ended, your current supplier can stop you moving to a new supplier and will move you onto higher ‘Out of Contract Rates’ at the end of your contract. 

If you think you have missed this window you can still log a termination notice, though your new supplier still may not be able to take over on your contract end date.

For details about how to log a termination, we recommend checking with your current supplier.

Prices on Zellar do not include VAT and CCL unless otherwise indicated.

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is a government environmental tax on your business’s electricity and gas use.  

Climate Change Levy rates are calculated per kilowatt hour of usage. From the 1st of April 2019 to the 31st of March 2020, natural gas is levied at 0.339p and electricity at 0.847p.  

Businesses that meet the minimal use requirements and are charged the reduced rate of VAT (5%) don’t pay the CCL. 

Your energy supplier will calculate the Climate Change Levy and add it directly to your bill. They’ll then pass the relevant payment onto HM Revenue & Customs. You’ll see the charge listed as a separate item on your business energy bill. 

For more information click here – this link will take you to the gov.uk page for CCL.

We are continually adding to and improving this page. If your question doesn’t appear here, if you would like more information, have a suggestion, or need help at any stage, you can reach us directly via the chat icon on each screen, or by emailing us on contact@zellar.com