Energy checklist when you move home

Our energy checklist will help you with your gas and electricity when you move into your new home.

The trip switch is in or next to the fuse box, which should be within 3m of the electricity meter

Buying a new home can be an exciting time and you'll probably be far more interested in your new furnishings than electrical sockets and the gas mains.

But, as you settle in with a nice cup of tea, now's the time to think about the energy supply which just boiled the water in your kettle.

We've put together a gas and electricity checklist covering the main things you might need to do when you move into a new home.

Find your gas and electricity meters

Gas and electricity meters are usually installed in the kitchen, the hall or an outside meter box. If you can't find yours, check all cupboards thoroughly!

If your home is on a new housing estate, the builders or developers will be able to show you where everything is.


If you've bought from a previous owner, they or the estate agent should be able to give you all the information you need about your gas and electricity.

Locate the trip switch

You'll need to know where the trip switch is in case a faulty appliance or over-use of appliances causes the electricity to cut out.

The trip switch is in or next to the fuse box, which should be within 3m of the electricity meter.

Find out who your gas and electricity supplier is

To find out who your new gas supplier is, contact National Grid.

When it comes to electricity, there are a number of Distribution Network Operators covering each region in the UK.

A quick online search should bring up the number for your regional operator and they will be able to tell you who supplies your electricity.

For more help and information, read our guide on how to find your energy supplier.

Contact your new energy supplier

Contact your new gas and electricity suppliers as soon as possible to tell them you've moved in.

Give them accurate meter readings or let them know if you're on a prepayment meter.

You might automatically be put on a standard tariff, which tends to be the most expensive 

The responsibility for paying for your energy lies with you. It's no good claiming you didn't know who the supplier was in a bid to avoid a bill!

Find out why you should read your gas and electricity bills in our guide.

Find your meter number

There are two types of meter number - the Meter Point Administration Number for electricity and the Meter Point Reference Number for gas.

The Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) is unique to your home. It has 21 digits and can be found on your energy bill. It's sometimes called a supply number but don't get it confused with your customer reference number, as this is different.

The Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) is unique to your gas supply and is usually between six and 10 digits long. It can be found on your gas bill. Meter numbers are not printed on the meter itself, so don't waste time looking there!


Make sure you're on the right tariff

Whether you move into a brand new property or take over the energy supply in a house which has been previously owned, you might automatically be put on a standard tariff, which tends to be the most expensive.

With so many other things to do following a move, you might be tempted to wait until the first bill arrives on your mat before giving much thought to your tariff.

But this can prove expensive because your initial bill probably won't arrive until the end of the first quarter, by which time the charges will have already stacked up.

So try to prioritise comparing tariffs and getting the best energy deal as soon as you're in your new home.

Read our energy guides to get all the information you need then and use our comparison tool to get the best deal for your new home.

Save money on your gas and electricity

As well as being exciting, buying a new home is pricey!

So don't forget to read our guide to saving money on your gas and electricity to make your new home as energy efficient as possible and save money on those utility bills.

By Rebecca Lees