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What You Need to Know to Successfully Set Up Electricity in Your New Home

As your trusted local removals service, we aim to save you money while making your move as easy as possible. But we also recognise that there are lots of ways in which you can save money after you move in. take your energy bills, for instance. You’ve likely already heard all about the global energy crisis. How it’s forcing smaller energy suppliers out of business and pushing energy prices up to new highs. As a new mover, you’re especially vulnerable to needlessly expensive energy bills in your new home.

Here, we’ll look at everything you need to know about setting up a new electricity plan in your new home, to save money and get lasting peace of mind.

Why is it important to set up electricity in my new home

As the energy experts at Switch-Plan will tell you, it’s especially important to set up a new electricity plan after your move. When you move into a new home, you’re automatically placed on a ‘deemed contract’ with the incumbent supplier. This will be either the previous occupant’s energy supplier or whomever the developers chose to power the property in a new build.

Either way, you’ll likely be put on a standard variable tariff… which is likely to give you the least value for money. But before you start comparing energy plans for your new home, here are some things you’ll need to know to get the best results...

Your energy usage

In order to ensure that the prices you’re quoted are accurate, you’ll need to get a clear idea of your energy usage per year or month in terms of kWh. While you can estimate it when carrying out a price comparison, this may lead to unpleasant surprises later down the line. Set your direct debit too low, and you could find yourself needing to hike it up much higher later to make up your shortfall.

The property’s incumbent supplier

When you move in, there will usually be a letter from the incumbent supplier letting you know that they are taking care of the supply. This letter will usually explain your tariff information and provide you with your meter numbers.

However, if this information is not available, you can contact your Meter Point Administration service to find out who supplies energy to the property.

Your MPAN and MPRN numbers

Your unique meter numbers are not essential to know, but they can help to facilitate a faster and easier transition when you’re ready to switch energy suppliers. Your Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) identifies your electricity meter while your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) identifies your gas meter. Click here to see where you can find these.

Every day counts

Finally, it’s important to remember that every day you wait is a day you’re spending longer than you should on your energy bills. Especially in the current market. It takes up to 21 days (usually 15 or less) to switch suppliers. The sooner after your moving day you switch, the more you’ll save.

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