Business Mains Gas FAQs

What’s my account number?

This is your unique number generated when you apply to become a Flogas customer. It is specific to you and, importantly, is linked to your meter number on our system.

How long does it take to switch from the former gas supplier?

Please allow up to 4 weeks for the switching process to be completed. There is a step-by-step procedure that we have to follow. We promise to keep you informed at all stages and you can rest assured that well take care of all the necessary details. Well notify you of your switching date and ask you to send us your meter reading on that date. This will then be used as your opening reading with us.

How do I send you my meter reading?

Submitting your meter reading couldn't be simpler and there are three ways you can do it:

  • Via your online account at my.flogas.co.uk
  • Call our friendly team on 0800 022 3232
  • Email mains-gas@flogas.co.uk

What is a Standing Charge?

The standing charge covers the fixed costs of providing your business with a gas supply.

These costs include the distributors cost of transporting gas to your business premises and the meter operators cost of looking after your meter.

In order to transport gas to your business, suppliers are obliged to pay a fee to the National Grid or local distributor that owns the pipes or wire, through which the gas travels.

Your standing charge is a fixed, daily amount.

What is a Climate Change Levy (CCL)?

Energy Climate Change Levy, also referred to as CCL, is a government imposed tax to reduce gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. 

CCL for business gas is applicable when your business gas usage is greater than 145 kWh per day.

Business gas CCL rates are as follows;

Time period Rate
1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017 0.195p
1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016 0.193p

If you would like further information on CCL, please visit HM Revenue & Customs website.

How much VAT should I be paying on my gas bills?

VAT is currently charged at a standard rate of 20%.

Businesses that meet the minimal use requirement; less than 145 kWh per day or 5 therms per day (4.397 kWh or 150 therms per month), are billed at a VAT rate of 5%.

Am I eligible for a reduced rate for VAT?

In order to be eligible for for a lower rate of VAT, you will need to complete a VAT declaration form.

Does use of natural gas affect the environment?

Natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning fossil fuels. This is because complete combustion produces mainly water vapour and carbon dioxide. It also has the lowest hydrocarbon content of all fossil fuels and has much lower nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate emission fractions that arise from combustion.

How is natural gas transported?

Over the past 50–60 years, a dense pipeline network has been built up in Europe. This European interconnected system expands from the North Sea and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, and from West Siberia to the Atlantic. New projects are under construction with more kilometres of pipeline, with the aim of bringing more gas to Europe from Siberia, the Middle East and the Caspian Sea.

Natural gas is also brought to the European market by cargo ships, as liquefied natural gas (LNG), from the producing countries all around the world. This flexible form of transportation is taking on an increasingly important role for Europe and new terminals are under construction to accommodate more ships.

How is Flogas Mains Gas Transported

Flogas mains gas is transported in the same way as any other supplier (including the big 6)

How long will natural gas reserves last?

Proven and probable reserves are sufficient for about 200 years consumption at current rates. More and more gas is found in new areas around the world, most recently in the Eastern Mediterranean therefore natural gas will be available for many years to come.

How are natural gas prices calculated?

Some years ago the price of natural gas was indexed to the price of crude oil. In recent years this has changed and a number of trading hubs and exchanges have developed across Europe which serve as spot markets and reference gas prices. The euro/dollar exchange rate also influences prices, since oil products are normally traded in dollars. Other factors that influence gas prices are mainly a function of market supply and demand, including natural gas production, net imports, underground storage levels, economic conditions, weather conditions, and petroleum prices.