How to set up gas and electricity for the first time in a new home
Setting up gas and electricity for the first-time can be tricky. Here are our easy to follow steps to setting up gas & electricity in your home:
- Find out who supplies energy to the property
- Find your gas & electricity meters
- Take meter readings & contact the energy supplier
- Find the fuse box and trip switch
- Find your meter number
- Find out what tariff you’re on
- Find a better energy deal
Find out who your energy supplier is
To help find out who your supplier is you could ask the seller or estate agent (or developer if the property is a new build) before you move in.
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).
Take meter readings & contact the energy supplier
Once you have moved in and you’ve found your meters, it’s important to take meter readings and submit them to the supplier. Otherwise you may end up paying for energy you haven’t used.
Find the fuse box and 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.
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.
Find out what tariff you’re on
Once you know who the energy supplier is, it is best to find out what tariff you are on. The supplier will likely tell you what tariff you’re on. Switching can help you find a better deal.
Find a tariff to suit your needs
Moving into a new home provides a great opportunity to get an energy tariff that suits your needs. View our latest tariffs.