The gas and electricity in your home is what keeps you warm, cooks your food, allows you to charge your phone and even binge-watch Netflix. Without it, it’d be pretty cold, boring and dark.

So, before you start planning in all the fun with your housemate, make sure you set up your gas and electricity bill. When you move into your new home, there will be some key things you’ll need to do to get the ball rolling. Here, we will explain everything you need to know and what you’ll need to do to make sure you have everything set up.

Who supplies my Gas and Electricity?

When you first move in, the energy will already be provided by who the previous tenants chose. You can either find out who the supplier is when you view the property, or by asking your landlord or letting agent.

If the previous tenants followed the right process when they moved out, chances are the current energy supplier will try and get in touch with you, normally by sending you a letter in the post- to make life easier for you, you should contact them as soon you have received a letter from them.

Your gas and electricity could be from the same supplier (dual fuel), however if they are from separate suppliers, you’ll need to find out the supplier for both of them

From your tenancy start date, you will be responsible for the bills, so it’s recommended you find out as soon as possible and contact them with your meter reading.

Giving Your Current Energy Supplier Your Meter Readings

On the first day you move in, you should find out where your gas and electricity meter is, jot down the reading and give it to the supplier. It’s super important you do this as it means the supplier will be able to calculate your usage accurately and bill you for exactly what you have used. Providing a reading can easily be done over the phone.

Where do I find my gas and electricity meter?

Your gas and electric meters will usually be located under the stairs, somewhere in the cellar, by the front or in a meter box just outside of your house. If you still can’t find you meters, get in touch with your landlord or letting agency and ask them where they might have hidden them.

Your electric meter will display usage in kWh. Your gas meter will display usage in m³ or ft³. So, if you see kWh – it’s your electric meter and if you see m³ or ft³ – it’s your gas meter.

If you’d like to know a bit more about finding your meter and how to read it, check out our hand blog {here}

Where can I compare energy?

It’s easy to compare energy suppliers and costs, it’s a simple google search and you’ll likely find all the information you need, through online comparison sites.

Finding the right energy deal is important, so it’s worth considering the below before you do.

Duel fuel

This is when both your gas and electricity is bundled and from the same supplier. Sometimes, it can be a cheaper option so it’s worth shopping around. A dual tariff is also the much easier option as it means you only have to deal with one supplier, and you can keep track of your usage better.

Tenancy Length

Check whether the supplier has a minimum term, some minimum terms are 12 or 18 months, so you’ll need to decide if you need something more flexible, or whether you’re happy to be tied into a lengthy contract.

Green Energy

If you’re environmentally conscious and like to do your bit for the planet, you may opt for green energy, so when looking for suppliers, it’s worth checking whether they have a renewable energy option.

Generally, when looking for the best supplier for you, make sure you read their website in detail- they should have all the information you need to know. 

I have a prepayment meter

Prepayment meter? No worries! They’re pretty popular in student properties as it gives landlords the security and peace of mind that bills aren’t being racked up and left unpaid. Fair!

If you have never dealt with a prepayment meter before, don’t worry, they are easy to use. They’re simply ‘pay as you go’, which means you’ll have to keep topping up your gas and electricity using a special card, that you’ll be provided with when you move in.

As prepayment meters tend to be slightly more expensive, we recommend you shop around for the best tariff available for you. If you don’t like the idea of a prepayment meter, you could always chat with your landlord and see whether they can replace it with a standard meter. If they’re open to the idea, it may come at a small charge.

When do I have to start paying?

By now you will know that when you move in, your house will already have energy supplied which you will start using and be responsible for from the get-go. The energy supplier will bill you from your tenancy start date for energy used. You’ll likely receive your first bill 4-6 weeks after your tenancy start date.

Bill Splitting

You may find, after doing all your research and spending too much time online browsing various websites, that it’ll be easier using a student bill splitting company.

One of benefits of doing this, over setting up your utilities and bills with different suppliers is:

  • Everything you need is one place
  • Same payment date for all bills
  • You don’t have to waste time talking to different suppliers
  • All housemates are responsible for their share
  • Less housemate bickering and awkwardness over who owes what
  • More time to do what you love

At Glide, not only do we provide all of the utilities your house needs, we also bundle them up into one even bill and split the cost across each housemate. Doing it this way eases the stress and hassle and means you don’t have to waste time trying to do it all yourself.

Setting Up Gas & Electricity FAQs