First time buyers energy guide

First time buyers’ energy guide 


Owning your first home is super exciting – but moving can be stressful. So we’ve put together a handy first time buyers’ tips for everything you need to know before you move into your first ever home. 


Before you move (if you’re currently renting)

  • Let your energy supplier know that you're moving.
  • Read your meter on the day you move out and give these readings to your supplier. Read our guide to reading a meter.
  • Give your supplier a forwarding address so you can pay your final bill.



After you move into your new home

  • Find out who the new supplier is to let them know you’ve moved in. Not sure who your supplier is?
  • You can shop around for a better deal and change supplies.
  • Read the meters on your first day and give these readings to your supplier.
  • Pay your final bill for your last property.



First time buyer energy bills

When you move into your new home, the current energy supplier for the property will automatically transfer you to their standard tariff. Most of the time this isn’t the best deal so make sure you shop around. Make sure you shop around so you save more on your bill.

You could save more than you think by switching. Every household is unique and has different needs – so we have a range of tariffs that offer something different for everyone.

Electricity and gas quotes for first time buyers is something top of everyone’s list – and finding the right deal can help you save cash. 

New to EDF and moving home? We’ve made it easy to find a tariff that suits your needs.

Already with EDF? Log into MyAccount to move home.

First time buyers’ checklist

1. Find your gas and electricity meters

These meters are usually in the kitchen, hallway or outside – when you first view a house note down where the meter is (the estate agent should be able to give you all the details). 

2. Find the trip switch 

If your electricity is cut out, you need to know where your trip switch is to get everything back up and running. A trip is nothing to worry about – it’s usually a precaution to keep you safe if there is a faulty appliance. 

You’ll find it in or near the fuse box which will be just metres from the electricity meter. 

3. Find your meter number (MPAN)

There are two types of meter number: Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) for electricity and Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) for gas. 

The MPAN is unique to your home and is 21 digits long. It can be found on your bill and may also be called your “supply number”. 

The MPRN is six to ten digits long and can also be found on your bill. 


First time buyer energy tips

As a first time home buyer, you'll need to save money where you can. By making simple changes or switches at home, you can end up saving a lot. Read our guide to making energy-efficient choices at home and read our top tips below to start new energy and money saving habits from the start – for minimal extra cost.

  • Draught proof any doors or windows with a cheap option like draught-excluding foam.
  • Take showers not baths. Showers take much less energy than baths.
  • Keep windows shut in winter.
  • Turn down the thermostat a little bit on your boiler and room thermostat if you have one.
  • Replace your light bulbs with low-energy LED bulbs – they use much less energy and last much longer.



Need more first time homeowner tips?

Want to keep an eye on bills?

Smart meters allow you to easily monitor your energy usage – making adjustments to save where necessary. Sign up for a smart meter today. 

Want more tips on keeping costs low?

There are lots of ways to keep energy use lower and bills down. Take a look at all of our tips to help you save at home. Get energy saving tips. 

Get a better energy tariff

Property with a different supplier? No problem. You can switch to a low-carbon tariff in minutes. With just three simple steps, you’ll be ready to go. Switch now. 

New to EDF and moving home? We’ve made it easy to find a tariff that suits your needs.

Already with EDF? Log into MyAccount to move home.