When you move into your new home you should take some time to find out who supplies your gas and electricity. Your landlord or estate agent will usually provide this information to you.
If the property’s previous occupiers have informed the energy company of their move you will also receive a letter addressed “To the new occupier” which will confirm who your current supplier, or suppliers, are.
If, however, you have been in the property for a few weeks and still don’t know who supplies your gas and electricity, you can find out who does by contacting your local electricity distribution company and your local gas transporter. The latter should be able to confirm who the registered gas supplier based on your address and/or meter serial number.
Can I switch suppliers?
Yes. As soon as you move in to your new home, the energy companies that supplied the previous occupants’ gas and electricity will automatically supply yours.
However, if you feel that you could get a better deal elsewhere you should consider switching. Bear in mind that when you move home, you’ll most likely be put on the existing energy supplier’s standard tariff, which can be quite expensive.
How do I switch?
If you are looking to switch, the first thing you need to do is compare each energy supplier in your area and find out which one offers the most suitable and affordable tariff for your postcode and energy usage.
Remember, energy prices vary depending on where you live and how much energy you use.
The best way to do this is to use an energy price comparison service, such as the one provided by Supermarket.co.uk.
By simply entering your postcode and providing a few details about your energy usage, you will be able to choose an energy provider and tariff that best suits your needs.
Once you have chosen a new deal and provided some personal details, your new energy supplier will contact your old provider on your behalf and notify you of the date when your switch take place.