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Installation of New Gas, Water and Electric Meters

In this guide, we’re going to be explaining everything you need to know about gas, water and electricity meter installation for businesses such as how to arrange a new meter and the costs involved.

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Author : NED

Gas, electricity and water meters are used to monitor how much energy and water an industrial, commercial or domestic property uses, allowing utility providers to charge more accurately when calculating your water and energy bills. This is why regular meter readings are so important, so you can avoid overpaying for your usage.

In this guide, we’re going to be explaining everything you need to know about gas, water and electricity meter installation for businesses such as how to arrange a new meter and the costs involved.

Gas Meter Installation

What Does a Gas Meter Look Like?

In most business properties, the gas meter can be found mounted to an outside wall in a meter box or at the entrance to the property. How the meter looks depends on the type of meter you have: analogue or digital.

Analogue meters typically feature six dials with numbers around each which display your gas usage.

Analogue Gas Meters


Digital Meters feature displays with a series of digits that show the exact meter reading.

Digital Gas Meters

How to Install a New Gas Meter

If your business property is already connected to a gas supply and you require a new meter, you can reach out to your current gas supplier, or a different company if you are switching suppliers, and book an appointment with one of their Gas Safe meter engineers who will be able to come and replace your old meter for you.

If your property is not yet connected to a gas supply, you will first need to arrange a new gas connection.

At National Energy Direct, we take care of all aspects of your gas connection, from the design stage to the installation of both your connection and gas meter. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our services.


How Much Does a New Gas Meter Cost?

Geneally, the average cost of having a new gas meter installed alone in the UK is between £300 and £600, depending on a number of factors such as:


Electric Meter Installation

What Does an Electric Meter Look Like?

In most cases, such as on a domestic or commercial property, an electric meter will be a rectangular box that has been mounted on an outside wall or entrance hallway. Your business will have one of four types of electricity meters: analogue, digital, electronic and smart.

Analogue meters tend to always be metallic silver or black in colour with round dials that display the usage reading.

Typically white and made of plastic, digital meters have an LCD screen or mileage-style ticker that shows a series of digits that form your meter reading.


How to Install a New Electric Meter

If your business property is already connected to an electricity supply and you require a new meter, get in touch with your energy company, or a different one if you are switching suppliers, and book an appointment with one of their meter engineers who will be able to come and replace your old meter for you.

If your property is not yet connected to an electricity supply, you will first need to arrange a new electricity connection.

At National Energy Direct, we take care of all aspects of your electricity connection, from the design stage and liaising with the DNOs to the installation of both your connection and electric meter. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our services.


How Much Does a New Electric Meter Cost?

Geneally, the average cost of having a new electric meter installed alone in the UK is between £200 and £800, depending on a number of factors such as:


Water Meter Installation

What Does a Water Meter Look Like?


Depending on the type of property, water meters can usually be found under the kitchen sink where the water supply comes into the property, in an underground box in the garden, or the footpath outside of the property (look for a small round plastic lid).

There are two different types of water meters: internal and external.

Generally, internal meters have black and red numbers and can be easily found in the property.

If you have an external meter, you will need to go outside and lift the round cover in order to read it. There may also be a foam or polystyrene disc beneath the cover to protect your meter from frost, so make sure to keep it safe and replace it once you’re done.

Sometimes, external water meters can be difficult to access, such as when it is on the road or if the cover is heavy. In this case, you can arrange to have your water meter checked by your local provider.


How to Install a New Water Meter

If your business property is already connected to a water supply and you require a new meter, get in touch with your local water supplier and book an appointment with one of their meter engineers who will be able to come and replace your old meter for you within three to six months.

If your property is not yet connected to a water supply, you will first need to arrange a new water connection.

At National Energy Direct, we take care of all aspects of your water connection, from the design stage and liaising with the water suppliers to the installation of both your connection and water meter. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our services.


How Much Does a New Water Meter Cost?

Having your water meter replaced by your water company is free of charge.


New Utility Meter Installations at National Energy Direct

For more of the latest utility information and advice, such as how to read your utility meters, take a look at our handy gas, water and electricity guides on our blog. To find out more about our services at National Energy Direct, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team who will be happy to help discuss your utility needs.

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