Often one of the first questions to be asked when someone is moving home is "who is my energy supplier?". This is an important question to answer and the sooner you know the better. In the article below, we'll walk you through how to find who provides your energy, how to ensure you don't pay for the previous tenants consumption and how to switch energy supplier to ensure you're getting the best possible deal for your home energy supply.
If you're yet to move in to your new home, finding out who supplies your energy before you move can help get the ball rolling and ease up on the stress of trying to find out when you're actually in the property and consuming the energy yourself. If you're already in the house (congratulations!), fear not it's the same process. So let's get started.
For Gas, it's one number and that is for the 'Consumer Enquiry Service'. Here, you need to call 0870 608 1524 and follow the instructions. To find out the current gas supplier, and your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), press 2 and then 2 again to speak to an operator. The call will take approximately 2 minutes after listening to the automated messages about data privacy. Please note that calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Now you're ready to compare gas prices.
For Electricity, the number varies depending on where in the country you are. Here is a list of numbers to help you find the relevant one. Once you have found you current electric supplier it's time to compare electricity prices to find a cheaper deal.
|North Scotland||Scottish & Southern Energy||0800 048 3515|
|South Scotland||Scottish Power Energy Networks||0141 614 0145|
|North East England||Northern Powergrid||0845 0702703|
|North West||Electricity North West Ltd||0800 048 1820|
|Yorkshire||Northern Powergrid||0845 0702703|
|East Midlands||Western Power Distribution||0845 724 0240|
|West Midlands||Western Power Distribution||0845 724 0240|
|Eastern England||UK Power Networks||0845 601 4516|
|South Wales||Western Power Distribution||0845 724 0240|
|Southern England||Scottish & Southern Energy||0800 048 3516|
|London||UK Power Networks||0845 601 4516|
|South East England||UK Power Networks||0845 601 4516|
|South West England||Western Power Distribution||0845 724 0240|
|North Wales, Merseyside |
|Scottish Power Energy Networks||0845 270 0783|
Once you have confirmed your current gas and electricity supplier you have two more steps when you're in the property and now legally responsible for the energy consumed.
1) Take a meter reading and write it down to confirm what energy usage your household is liable for. You can then contact the existing energy supplier(s) and provide this information to ensure you are not billed for the previous tenants energy consumption (trust us it happens!) and that your first energy bill is accurate.
2) Find out what tariff you are on. Usually, when a new tenant moves in to a property the existing energy supplier(s) will automatically move the property to their "standard variable" tariff. This isn't good especially when you've got more important things to be spending your money on than gas and electricity. So, start an energy price comparison today and switch!
For ease this could be with the existing supplier on a cheaper option OR by using an Ofgem accredited energy comparison website (like us!) to find a better deal. The energy switch has no impact on your energy supply and simply means you pay a lower rate for your energy consumption. The switch itself will take approximately 21-days from application meaning you'll be with your new supplier and saving money before you've emptied your last box.
And that's it. You know your gas and electricity supplier, you've taken a meter reading, you've found out what tariff you're on and you're protecting your energy bills by switching to a cheaper tariff. Now back to those boxes..."where did I put the cutlery?!".
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