What happens to my electricity when I move house?
If you are planning on shifting to a new property, chances are you have a lot on your mind. There are many things to consider when moving house.
One thing you have to think about is what to do about your electricity supplier.
You may be able to bring your current contract with you to your new property, but this can depend on the facilities at both your current and new house.
Whether you are carrying over your contract or signing up to a new one, it is necessary to give your electricity and gas suppliers notice of at least three business days, so the disconnection and reconnection will be able to be managed as smoothly as possible.
Your current supplier will organise for a special meter read so the final account can be given for the premises.
This means you will not be charged for any electricity drawn to the property after this date.
Be aware, if you are unable to carry your contract over to your new property, you may be subject to an early termination fee.
What do I need to do if I'm in a shared house?
If you have housemates and the power accounts are under your name, it is important that you let your gas and electricity suppliers know that you have moved.
You must provide them with your new address and organise for one of your other housemates to take over responsibility for the new account.
In order to do this, both of you might need to call the company together to ensure it is completed satisfactorily.
How can I get energy connected in my new home?
It is important to get in touch with a supplier before you move in so you can be assured electricity and gas are connected when you arrive.
Make sure you let your retailer know whether you need gas and electricity connected, or just electricity. Not all electricity suppliers also offer gas services and you may be able to get a better deal by packaging these two requirements.
How much notice must I give to change suppliers?
If you are planning on making the switch to a new electricity or gas supplier, you need to give at least two days' notice.
Will I be charged the same electricity and gas prices with my current retailer?
Your rate could be subject to change, depending on the location of your new home. The network tariffs available depend on your post code, as different areas are charged varying rates.
However, you can look this up by doing a simple gas and electricity comparison - you may find it is cheaper to change your retailer.
Posted by Tim Wolfenden.