Moving house is always a stressful time and having to organise your energy supply certainly doesn’t help. Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as telling your current energy provider to switch to your new home or even to carry on using the tariff your new home’s previous owner or tenant was signed up to. Organising your energy bills requires quite a bit of research and admin when you move house. And with an already endless list of things to do this is
This is why we’ve put together a handy checklist so you don’t miss a trick when you come round to sorting out your gas and electricity suppliers during the big move.
1. Tell your energy supplier that you’re moving house
First of all, you’ll need to tell your existing supplier you’re moving. Provide them with the latest meter readings from the day you leave to ensure you don’t get charged for any gas and electrical supply used by the new occupants.
Also, give your current provider(s) as much notice as possible so they can send a final bill to your new address after you move in. This will give you peace of mind that your previous tariffs have now ended.
2. Locate your new gas and electricity meters
On the day you get the keys to your new home, locate your gas and electric meters.
You need to know the type of meter that is used for the energy supply in your new home in case they only suit a certain type of tariff. For example, if the previous occupants used an Economy 7 tariff – which has separate electricity costs for day and night – then the property could be fitted with an Economy 7 meter which is different to a standard meter because it gives two separate readings.
In this case, you’ll be limited to the tariffs and energy suppliers you can sign up with, which is always good to know before you start your research for the best energy prices.
3. Take a reading from your new gas and electricity meters
Just like how you don’t want to be charged for any energy used after you leave your old home, you don’t want to be charged for any gas or electric that was used before you moved into your new one.
Take meter readings on the day you move in to avoid any false charges. Have these readings ready to submit to the existing energy supplier when you get round to contacting them.
4. Contact the existing supplier
Hopefully, you will be informed by the previous owner or tenant of who supplies the gas and electric to your new home. If you’re not informed about who the supplier is, it’s likely that a bill will get sent to your new address from the existing suppliers. Alternatively, you can always try calling National Grid on 0870 608 1524.
You’ll need to get in touch with the existing supplier before making any changes. Give them your up-to-date meter readings so they know when to start charging you from.
You’ll most likely be automatically put onto a standard tariff until you request otherwise. It’s best to find out the details of the existing tariff and how much it will cost you per month before shopping around for a better deal.
5. Do your research to find the best energy deal
Having access to the internet when you move in is such a time saver. It’s much easier to get an energy quote online these days than it is going through the process on the phone. But you can end up waiting weeks for your broadband to be installed if you leave it until when you move in.
It’s then you need to consider what type of tariff will save you the most money. Think about the lifestyle you and your family lead before deciding if you’d be better suited with a standard tariff, dual fuel tariff, pay-as-you go type tariff. Finding out how you and your family use energy has become a lot easier in recent years with the introduction of Smart Meters.
After all, it’s important to not just look at offers from the big energy companies when conducting your research. Smaller companies can be more innovative and flexible with how they operate, determined to win your custom and offer superior rates and initiatives to save you money.
6. Contact your new supplier
Once you’ve decided on your new supplier(s) and tariff, get in touch with your chosen energy company.
Make sure you have your meter readings handy along with the date that you moved in and all the research about the chosen tariff in case they try anything to get you to pay more.
Once you’ve signed up to the energy supplier that suits you, it’s time to enjoy living in your new home.