If you’re moving into a new home, one of the first things on your checklist will likely be setting up your gas and electricity.
If you’re a first-time buyer, a new renter or just comparing gas and electricity for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to find the best deal.
At Love Energy Savings, we’ve put together a guide covering everything you need to know about how to set up gas and electricity for the first time.
Find out who your energy supplier is
The first thing on the checklist is to find out who currently supplies the energy for the home you’re moving into.
If you’re buying a home, you can ask the previous owner or the developer if you’re moving into a new build property.
For renters, your landlord or the previous tenants should be able to tell who currently supplies the property with gas and electricity.
If you’re struggling to find out who the current supplier is, take a look at our guide on who supplies my gas and electricity.
You should contact the current suppliers on the day you move in to let them know you are now occupying the property.
Locate your Gas & Electricity meters
When moving home, the previous owners, estate agent or landlord should show you where you can find the meters.
In most homes, you will find meters in the hall, in the kitchen or outside the property.
There are two types of meter:
- A standard credit meter – this displays numbers in a dial or digital form. You will likely be billed monthly or quarterly if you have this type of meter.
- A prepayment meter – this is a ‘pay-as-you-go' meter which lets you pay for your energy in advance by inserting money or a smart key which you top up with credit.
Once you have found your meters, you should take a meter reading (if you have a credit meter) and submit this to your supplier when setting up your account.
If you do have a prepayment meter installed, it is worth bearing in mind that these can be much more expensive than paying for your electricity monthly.
If you want to switch from a prepayment meter to a credit meter, the best thing to do is to contact your supplier and request that they change your meter.
Find your fuse box & trip switch
When you move into a new home you should find out where your trip switch is. If your electricity suddenly cuts out, the last thing you want is to be stuck in the dark trying to find out where your trip switch is located.
The trip switch will usually be next to your fuse box, within 3 meters of your electricity meter.
Find out which Gas & Electricity tariff you will be on
When you set up gas and electricity for the first time, your supplier will likely transfer you onto their standard tariff in order to maintain energy supply to the property.
Unfortunately, standard tariffs are often the suppliers most expensive rate meaning you could end up paying much more than you need to for your energy.
To make sure you’re on the best deal it is well worth comparing energy prices to find out how much you could save.
What are the average energy costs?
When comparing electricity and gas for the first time, many people are unsure how much they should be paying for their energy.
According to the latest Government statistics, the average gas bill was £676 or £56.33 per month and the average electricity came to £699 or £58.25 per month.
Unsurprisingly, these are far from the cheapest energy deals available.
Switch energy provider to find the best deals
Although sticking with your current supplier and tariff may seem the easiest option when setting up gas and electricity for the first time, it can leave you paying more than you need to for your energy.
In fact, moving into a new home is often an ideal time to compare gas and electricity suppliers and find a better deal.
By switching with Love Energy Savings, you can quickly compare a wide range of suppliers to find the cheapest energy deal for your new home.
If you don’t know how much gas and electricity you will use, there’s no need to worry. Our innovative home energy comparison engine can estimate your usage with a few quick questions.
Once you’ve found a tariff you’re happy with, switching is quick and easy. The team at Love Energy Savings will manage the process for you and you can even complete your entire switch online. To find out how much you could save, simply complete our quick home energy comparison tool.