Find my energy supplier
Anyone who has recently moved house will need to know who supplies the gas and electricity to their new home.
Who supplies energy to my home?
The easiest way to find out is to ask the previous owner, or the previous tenant or landlord if you are moving into rented accommodation. The letting or estate agent might also have the details.
In many cases, the previous owner or tenant will have told the energy firm of their impending move. If so, the current supplier will probably send a letter addressed to The Occupier with all the relevant information.
Pinpoint your gas supplier
If you are not having any luck, or if you have lived in the property for some time, then don't worry. You can find out your gas supplier by calling the Meter Point Administration Service on 0870 608 1524. They will also give you a Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), which might be useful for future correspondence.
Contact your local electricity company
You will have to call one of 14 local distribution companies to find out your electricity supplier. The numbers are listed below, but if you are unsure of the region that serves your property, you should be able to look up the name in the phone book.
|Scotland North||0870 900 9690|
|Scotland South||0845 270 9101|
|North East England||0845 601 3268|
|North West England||0870 751 0093|
|Eastern England||0870 196 3082|
|Southern England||0870 905 0806|
|South West England||0845 601 2989|
|South East England||0845 601 5467|
|London||0845 601 5467|
|Yorkshire||0845 330 0889|
|Merseyside and North Wales||0845 270 9101|
|South Wales||01752 502 299|
|West Midlands||01384 343 838|
|East Midlands||0845 603 0618|
Read the meter
It's a good idea to give up-to-date meter readings to your supplier. You also need to know the energy plan or tariff, so you can work out if you can save money by switching.
You can either ask your supplier for the tariff name, or you can wait until you receive your first bill, which should display the relevant information.
You might also want to find out the typical energy consumption of the property as this will help you search for a better deal on our comparison website.
Switch and save
Many energy firms automatically put you onto a standard plan when you move house. But standard plans are often the most expensive, so you should act swiftly to make the most of any savings.
Don't forget that MoneySupermarket's free independent comparison website can help you get a good deal on your energy, with potential annual savings of about £200.
*51% consumers, MoneySuperMarket data, December 2014