Moving home can be a busy and stressful time. As well as remembering to pack your valuables, move your furniture and sort out all the necessary insurances, you should also have an energy checklist for moving out, moving in and making sure you get a good deal when switching energy providers.
An checklist allows you to remind yourself of the various things you will need to do when you move out of your current home and into your new one such as switching to a new energy provider for your new home.
When you move home, the first thing on your energy checklist should be to inform your current energy suppliers that you’re leaving the property.
It is also important that you make a note of your final meter readings and the serial numbers of the meters, and email or post this information to your current suppliers, as this will ensure you only pay for the energy you’ve used.
When you move into your new home, you should find out who your new energy suppliers are. To find out who supplies your electricity, you will need to call your local distribution company. For example, if you live in London you will need to contact EDF Energy.
For gas, you will need to contact your local gas transporter who should be able to confirm who the registered gas supplier is and provide you with its contact number, providing you give them your address and/or meter serial number.
Once you’re in your new property, you will also need to notify the existing energy provider and inform them of the current meter readings to ensure you are not charged for energy you have not used. In addition, ask for future bills to the property to be sent in your name.
The energy supply has been cut off?
If you find that the energy supply has been cut off, you may have to pay a connection charge to your supplier in order for the property’s gas and electricity supplies to be reconnected.
Compare and switch
Once you have settled in your new home, you should look into your energy provider options and find out how much money you could save by switching as it is likely that you’ll be put on the existing energy supplier’s standard tariff, which can be quite expensive.
To ensure you are not stuck paying over the odds on a standard tariff, compare gas and electricity prices in your area and make the switch to a cheaper and more suitable tariff. Use our online price comparison calculator to compare the UK energy market.