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If you’re in the process of building your own home, it’s important to know how to arrange new gas and electricity connections and suppliers.
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If you’re in the process of building your own home, it’s important to know how to arrange new gas and electricity connections and suppliers. In this guide, we will be explaining how to arrange these as well as how to find gas supply deals and energy plans that will offer the greatest value for money in your new home.
At National Energy Direct, we’re a one-stop shop for all your utility needs. To arrange new gas, electricity and water connections to your new property, simply get in touch with us and we can discuss exactly what it is you’re looking for and how we can help. We will then visit the property to assess the complexity of the job and offer you a timescale and price for the job to be completed.
With over 100 years’ experience, our team of experienced industry professionals can guarantee that our work towards your project will be delivered in a timely manner that is in line with the initial budget that you set out. You can also expect us to be following the highest levels of safety compliance with industry standards, working to keep everyone safe from the very beginning.
If you have had new connections installed by National Energy Direct, as part of our services, we will source gas and electricity providers on your behalf. Once the work is complete, it is then up to you if you wish to either continue the contract or source an alternative provider.
If your connections work was completed by another developer/contractor, they should have informed you of which gas and energy provider they used to set up the meters and supplies. You can then choose to either remain with those suppliers or source different ones.
As your property has never had anyone previously living in it, there will be no history of energy usage of the property to base your estimated consumption on. Even if you think your new build will have a similar consumption to your previous home, you may find that the consumption differs quite a lot due to factors such as the age of your older property, the difference in insulation and the new higher efficiency standards that new builds must conform to. This means they tend to use less energy and heating as they should be better insulated.
Similarly, with moving into a new property, your habits may change, especially if you are having to power and heat a much larger property, in which case, your energy consumption may not reduce as much as you might think. The most important things to keep in mind are to monitor your energy usage, submit frequent meter readings and double check your gas and energy bills to ensure you’re paying each month.
Even if you choose to stay with the current supplier that we or your developer selected, you will still need to provide meter readings when you set up your energy accounts as energy may have been used throughout the connection process which would be inaccurate compared to the amount you consume whilst living in it.
When setting up your energy account, you may be asked to confirm your MPAN and MPRN. These are the unique identifying numbers that all meters in the UK should have and are usually displayed clearly on the meter itself. This is to ensure that the meter you are setting up your energy account with is the same one that is registered against your property. To double check you are being charged for the correct meter, you can also take a look at your first bill and this should detail your MPAN and MPRN.
If you are unsure or don’t know who your gas and electric suppliers are and your developer hasn’t provided you with the information then you will be able to contact the following providers to find out.
Gas: Meter Point Administration Service on 0800 608 1524
Electricity: Contact your regional distribution network operator. If you don’t know who your distribution network operator is, you can enter your postcode on the Energy Networks Association website to find out.
Whilst moving home can be a very stressful and busy time, it is important to make sure you’re getting the best gas and energy deals possible. The tariff in your current home may not be right for your new home and could end up costing you a lot of money over the years.
The simplest way to compare gas and energy suppliers is by using a price comparison website to compare prices and see which suppliers can offer you the best tariffs. As you currently have no energy consumption information for your new home, you will likely need to use the comparison site’s estimates.
You might also be able to get a cheaper tariff if you can:
Pay by direct debit
Manage your account online instead of receiving paper bills
Purchase both gas and electricity form the same supplier on a dual fuel tariff
The meter being installed in your new home will likely be a smart meter as these were set to roll out to all new homes in the UK by 2020. Smart meters offer a number of benefits are they automatically send meter readings directly to your energy supplier and allow you to keep an eye on your energy use more easily.
Usually as part of your smart meter package, you’ll receive an in-home display device that shows you how much energy you are using in pounds and pence.
If your new home doesn’t have a smart meter it is possible for you to get one installed in the future. If this is something you’re interested in doing, you should contact your energy supplier to find out when they are next installing smart meters in your area and ask to be put on their waiting list.
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