How to find out the electricity connection date for my house


Here we"ve got all the answers lớn your electricity meter questions. Find out what your electricity meter number is, how you take a meter reading, what to do if there"s a power cut & how you switch providers.

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What"s my electricity meter number?

An electricity meter serial number or MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) is a unique number, which identifies the meter at your home. This number can be found on your electricity bill – it is usually on the bottom left. You can also find the number on your meter too – it"s usually on the front, near the barcode. If you can’t find this number, simply tương tác your supplier và they"ll be able to lớn tell you what it is.


What"s a prepayment meter?

A prepayment meter is a meter that requires you to pay for your energy before you use it. You top up a key or smart thẻ at shops which have Payzone or PayPoint signs. You then insert your key or thẻ into the meter to địa chỉ cửa hàng credit instantly. There are now smart pay as you go meters, which allow you to đứng top up your energy from the comfort of your sofa. 

If you’re on a prepayment meter và want lớn switch lớn a different kind of meter you’ll need khổng lồ get in cảm ứng with your energy provider.


Where và how vì chưng I top up my electricity meter?

You can top up at any siêu thị or Post Office with the Payzone or PayPoint signs. Look out for shops with the sign in their windows. A lot of small, local shops can vì chưng this for you or convenience stores like Tesco Local. Find out more about prepayment meters đứng top up. 

You can also switch to lớn a smart prepayment meter và top it up using your phone. 


Where is my electricity meter?

If you can’t find your meter inside your property then you may need to look outside. You"re looking for your meter box, which is most likely white.

If you live in a flat or an apartment, you might find your meter on the ground floor. Each meter should be labelled with the corresponding flat – if not you’ll need to contact your landlord and they"ll be able to tell you where it is. If you have a bill you can match the meter serial number lớn the front of the meter. If you own the flat and aren"t sure where the meter is, liên hệ the property agent or supplier.


What"s a standard electricity meter?

This is the most common type of meter but it"s now being replaced with a smart meter. The great thing about smart meters is that you don"t have to take meters readings. Instead, they"re sent automatically lớn your energy provider, ensuring your bills are based on your actual use rather than estimates. 


Are there different types of meters?

Yes, there are many different types although the industry overall is moving towards smart meters, which can work in many ways, depending on the tariff you choose. The older meters, apart from standard ones, also include Economy 7 và other "time of use" meters. Find out more about E7 và other meters. 


How vì chưng I take a meter reading?

Taking a meter reading is usually simple. You just need khổng lồ make a note of the first five figures shown left to right & ignore any numbers in red & ignore any numbers after the decimal point (sometimes in red). Some meters can be a little complicated, if you"re having issues, this page on reading your meter will help.


Why is my electricity meter flashing red?

It’s completely normal for there khổng lồ be a flashing red light on your meter. In fact, the light shows that energy is being used – and sometimes it will flash faster if there is more energy being used.


Why is my electricity meter blank?

Meters can go into sleep mode and seem khổng lồ have no display. Pressing a button on the main panel should revive the screen display.

If you"re worried your meter is broken you need to lớn get in tương tác with your energy provider & they"ll tell you what khổng lồ do.


What should I bởi if there is a power nguồn cut?

In an emergency, you can hotline your Local Distribution Network Operator. Khổng lồ find out who your Local Distribution Network Operator is & to learn more about what you should vày in an event of a power cut visit the Energy Network Association site.

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We also offer some advice on nguồn cuts. 



How vị I get a new electricity connection?

Are you setting up a business in new premises or developing a property? Then you’ll need to apply for a new electricity connection.

You’ll need to get in contact with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) khổng lồ set up a new connection. You can find out who your DNO is và get in cảm ứng here.


How bởi vì I get the electricity reconnected?

If you"ve recently moved khổng lồ a new house or mix up a business on new premises, you might need lớn sort out getting the electricity reconnected. If you are a new customer & the building has a nguồn connection but the supply is off, you need to liên hệ your chosen energy supplier for re-connection.

It"s advisable that you get an Installation Certificate from a qualified electrician (if you have a landlord they can arrange this). Your chosen energy supplier will connect your electrical supply khổng lồ your consumer unit.

If there is a new service that is required, you’ll need to tương tác your Distribution Network Operator (DNO).


How lớn get a quote for connecting electricity

When you get a quote for the work – some of this work can be done by an electrician and is known as ‘contestable’ work. Contestable work is electrical work done by a suitably accredited Independent Connections Provider (ICP). Contestable work can be the installation of cables & other tasks to create a new electricity connection.

Ask for the quote lớn be broken down into contestable and non-contestable work. If you think you are being charged too much for contestable work you can speak lớn local electricians khổng lồ compare prices & get the best khuyễn mãi giảm giá for you.


Why is my electricity not working?

There could be several reasons why your power nguồn is out. Here are vị trí cao nhất issues và solutions:

If you"re on a prepayment meter, it"s likely you"ve run out of credit, so you"ll need to đứng top up your key or card then your nguồn will come back on immediately.If you"re not on a prepayment meter, or you are and you know it"s topped up with credit, check your fuse box. If there"s one switch that"s not facing the same way as the others, flick the switch and that might fix the problem.Your electricity can switch off due lớn one faulty appliance in your home. If you are the only one whose power is out in your neighbourhood this could be why. Your fuse box might turn everything off as a safety precaution to lớn prevent a nguồn surge.Are your neighbours having power issues too? Then there is probably a network power nguồn outage. This could be due lớn an issue with the local distribution company or just extreme weather. You"ll need to wait until your nguồn comes back – which may mean getting out the torches & board games!Are you up khổng lồ date with your bill? A supplier can disconnect the nguồn if bills are not up khổng lồ date. You will receive several letters before this happens so make sure you look out for these. You"ll need to tương tác your supplier if this is the reason there is no power. If in doubt tương tác a qualified electrician to inspect the installation và they will also supply you with an Installation Certificate.


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How do I switch electricity providers?

Switching providers is easier than you may think. There are two ways you can switch:

If you"ve already decided which supplier you want to switch to. In this case, liên hệ the new supplier và tell them you want to lớn join on the tariff you’ve seen that suits you. You’ll need your postcode, name of current supplier và tariff plus your bank details if you want khổng lồ pay by Direct Debit. The new supplier will vì everything else for you, including contacting your current supplier.

If you are not sure which supplier would be better for you. In this case, you can vì chưng the whole process through a comparison website. You’ll need details about your current tariff, supplier and postcode so you can compare suppliers và tariffs & the website will switch your energy suppliers for you.

Make sure khổng lồ read our comprehensive guide on switching energy suppliers. 


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