When moving house, one of the key jobs that needs doing is moving your utilities over, including gas and electricity.
As you'll be entering a new property, there's no better time than now to review which supplier the current tenant or homeowner was with, and have a look on the market for better energy deals.
Follow the below steps to help with setting up your gas and electricity for the first time.
Before moving out you'll need to notify your energy supplier that you'll be vacating the property and the exact moving date. This will allow your provider to generate a final bill along with any exit fees you are liable for. You may be able to take your fixed energy plan with you, but be wary that this may not be possible due to location and the size of the new property.
Before your last day, take a final meter reading so you can make sure you won't be overcharged for any gas and electricity that will be used by the new occupants going forward.
If you're buying or renting a house for the first time then you can skip this stage.
The first step with your new property will be to find out who is the current energy supplier. You might be able to get this information from the previous owners, tenants, letting agencies, landlords or developers. Or you can use our service here.
If, as above, the previous occupant has informed their energy supplier they're leaving, you should also receive a letter from the supplier when you move in. You'll be able to contact them from this.
Letting / estate agents or previous owners will be able to show you the locations of the meters. If, for any reason they're unsure, check the kitchen, hallway or outside of the property as this is where the meters are usually located.
The property may have any one of the following three meters:
Once you have located your meters (if not a smart meter) take a meter reading and supply it to the current provider once an account has been set up for you.
Going forward, try to take a reading at least every month to help keep your bills as accurate as possible.
In the case of a power outage, you'll need to know where your main fuse box is (sometimes referred to as a consumer unit). It's usually in the same place as the electricity meter and is where your household electricity is controlled from.
The fuse box will either have fuses or trip switches. If a fault has occurred then a switch will trip, breaking the circuit. Simply check inside the fuse box to look at which switches have tripped to the OFF position and put them back to ON.
Gas and electricity meters each have a unique identification number, which you will need when contacting your supplier to set up an account.
For gas this is known as a MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) and is usually between 6-10 digits long. For electricity, it is a MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number), which is 21 digits long. Both these numbers will be displayed on your bills. If you’re yet to receive a bill then contact your supplier.
As soon as you move in, let your new energy supplier know. This can help if you need a backlog of utility bills in the near future with your address on and also helps you avoid any previous debt from a former occupant.
Once you have contacted your supplier, they'll be able to supply you with this information. You may find yourself on a standard tariff, which can end up being a more expensive option, so it is worth shopping around.
Moving house is a great time to change energy supplier, and get the best deal for your energy consumption.
At The Energy Shop, we can guide you through exactly how to switch supplier and get the best rate all in a matter of minutes. Use our energy deals comparison tool today to find out exactly how much you could be saving.