Setting up gas and electricity in a new build.
At Dream Team Movers, we understand that moving into a new home can be tricky, so we try to make it as smooth and trouble-free as possible. But sometimes there are extra considerations when it is a new build and many things people overlook – including gas, electricity, or energy.
When moving into another home or a new building, gas and electricity are often the last things you think about, but the first thing you’ll miss if you forget about them. However, setting up your electricity and gas as soon as possible is crucial for convenience. This way, you and your family can cook, illuminate spaces and heat/cool rooms from the start. Read on to learn how to set up your new home’s electricity and gas.
How to set up gas and electricity
In new builds, developers often appoint gas and electricity suppliers during the building process. However, they usually select standard tariffs, which don’t offer the best deals. So, it’s always a good idea to look at the options available and make an informed decision to either switch to a different supplier or keep the same supplier. What you choose varies depending on the type of appliances you use, the size of your home and your individual needs.
It’s a good idea to explore different plans to find one better suited for you and your family. But first, find out who your supplier is through your contractor and your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number). If you’re newly moved and want to find your MPRN, you can call your local Meter Point Administration Service (MPAS) to find your gas and electricity supplier. You can get MPAS’s contact information here.
Setting up your bills
After getting your MPRN and identifying your gas and electricity supplier, decide whether you want to switch providers or keep the same. These are the steps to follow:
• Contact your provider and give them your first-meter reading
• Get the best price for electricity and gas
• Set up your energy account
• Arrange connections to the grid
Moving into your new house checklist
Dream Team Movers have provided a handy house move checklist with our Ultimate moving guide, so make sure you check that out too.
Before moving into your new home, it’s always important to inform your current gas and electricity provider of your move, whether you plan to keep your current supplier or switch to a new one. Informing them beforehand prevents double billing and ensures your previous home is correctly closed. You can learn more about switching suppliers here. Make a point to get the last reading from your house to ensure you only pay for the energy you have used.
When you move into your new home or new build, take the first meter reading and provide it to your supplier so that they can bill you correctly. Be sure to check whether your meter is a smart meter because it’s the best at saving money.
Ultimately, remember to compare gas and electricity packages from different providers to find the best price for you. And we hope you have an excellent house move.