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.