Setting up gas and electricity in a rental home is an easy process, yet that doesn’t stop some UK residents from panicking when it comes down to it. It’s important to set up your utilities as soon as possible to avoid hefty fines or unknown charges.
When it comes to setting up gas and electricity in a new home or rental, we’ve got you covered. Follow these steps for more information:
1. Determine if you’re responsible for paying bills
When setting up gas and electricity in a new home, determine whether you or your landlord are responsible for paying the utility bills. You can find the answer to this in your rental agreement. If you’re paying the bills, then you have the right to compare energy suppliers and select the most economical one for you. Please note that, if your landlord’s responsible for the energy bills, you may not be able to change suppliers.
2. Locate your meters
Work out what meters your rented property has before changing suppliers. Homes usually have a separate meter for gas and electricity. Many rented properties have regular credit meters or prepayment meters installed in them. The former has no limit on how much energy you use each month as you simply get billed for how much you use at the end of each period.
Alternatively, a prepayment meter requires you to pay bills in advance by adding credit to a keycard or purchasing tokens. These meters need to be topped up manually.
3. Perform a meter reading
Perform a meter reading as soon as possible to prevent being charged for energy used before moving in. Record the reading by writing it down and taking a picture for proof. Keep this information handy as you will need it when changing providers.
4. Choose a provider
If you’re responsible for the utilities in your rental home, choose the providers you want to use for gas and electricity respectively. We recommend focusing on sourcing an energy provider first to avoid any significant fines. Choose the supplier that aligns with your budget and offers the best value for money.
Find out more on how to compare energy providers here.
5. Ensure you have important information on hand
When setting up gas and electricity for your new home, many providers allow you to do so online. Beforehand, make sure you have the following information on hand:
- Your new rental address
- How many bedrooms the property has
- Whether you need gas, electricity or both
- How you pay for your energy bills
- Bank account details
- Meter reading
Ensure the details on your account before submitting your form. Around 21 days after signing up, you’ll be switched over to your new energy supplier.
6. Inform your landlord
Although it’s not necessary, informing your landlord about your change in suppliers helps stay on good terms with them. It’s an open gesture that most landlords will appreciate.
Following these steps when setting up gas and electricity in a new home guarantees success. Be sure to choose a provider that can provide what you need at the best value, and consult your landlord if you need help sourcing any necessary information.