However, some businesses that could benefit from using gas don't always have access to a connection.
This is typically because they're moving into a property that doesn't have a meter – or one that has a meter that was previously disconnected.
In other instances, a business that hasn't needed gas in the past may decide that a supply could be useful, or even necessary, in widening its operations.
Whichever situation applies to your business, you can arrange for a new gas meter to be installed at your premises – and it will help the process run as smoothly as possible if you can answer some of the following questions:
What is your property's Meter Point Reference Number (MPR/MPRN)?
If your premises already has an MPRN then you'll be able to find this on any paperwork the National Grid has sent you regarding your connection.
If you do have a meter but you're not sure if it's currently connected – and you haven't received any communications from the National Grid – then you can call XOSERVE on 0870 608 1524 to ask for your MPRN.
For businesses in properties that do not have meters and haven't been sent an MPRN, you'll need to contact the National Grid to ask for an MPRN to be created for your property.
Checking your existing supply
Businesses in properties that do have a meter will need to contact the National Grid to check whether or not the meter has been disconnected – as well as asking the Grid to determine if the existing meter is going to be capable of meeting their business's supply needs.
Arranging the installation of a gas meter tends to be quicker than getting a new electricity meter fitted, and once you've agreed a gas contract with a supplier they will usually install your meter within five working days
It typically takes the National Grid 15 working days to complete their checks.
What date do you need your meter fitted?
Arranging the installation of a gas meter tends to be quicker than getting a new electricity meter fitted, and once you've agreed a gas contract with a supplier they will usually install your meter within five working days.
With this in mind, we recommend contacting us as least two weeks before you need your new meter fitted (see below for contact details). This gives us to time secure a fair rate for your business's gas and arrange the installation of your meter.
Finding out your maximum gas requirements
Every business that uses gas will have a maximum requirement, which is the total amount of gas its appliances could use in an hour.
You can get a CORGI registered engineer to check your appliances to determine your business's maximum requirement, or ask the National Grid to advise you on what it's likely to be.
Where will your meter be fitted?
Depending on your premises and the positioning of the gas supply, your meter will be fitted either internally or externally.
For buildings with gas pipes that don’t enter the property, the meter will have to be outside, in which case your supplier will most likely provide a box or shelter for the meter.
Do you know the service pressure of your gas supply?
The pipework installer will be able to let you know what your service pressure will be. Typically it's Low or Medium – although in some instances it can be High, in which case your meter may be more expensive to install.
However, it's useful to note that the service pressure will not affect the prices you pay for the gas that's provided by your supplier.
To get a new business gas meter installed – or an old one reconnected – speak to one of our energy experts on 0800 177 7591 or visit our website. We'll search the market to find a fair deal for your business's gas and arrange the setup of your new meter – all you have to do is ask.