How do I set up electricity in my new home?

Learn how to set up electricity in your new place with The Mix's guide on meters, providers and more.


Keep the meter ticking over

Does your house have a prepayment meter?

A prepayment meter allows you to pay for your electricity upfront and works in a similar way to a pay-as-you go mobile phone. You use a key or token to top up credit, either at a local shop or directly into the machine.

If you want to switch to a credit meter (where your bills will be calculated after use) contact your electricity supplier. Prepayment meters are usually more expensive, so switching your meter may be a good option – although you may get charged for the switch.

How to choose a supplier

This is the company that will send your bills. Your property may already have a supplier; you can find out which one by checking any energy bills that come to the house, or by contacting UKPower. If you want to get a good deal, use a comparison site like or comparethemarket.

Sending the first meter reading

Once you’ve moved in, contact your chosen supplier and give them your first meter reading. Your electricity meter should be located in the house, or communal area if you live in a flat. You’ll be able to tell the difference between the gas and the electricity meter, as the electricity meter will be measured in kilowatt hours (KWh). If you live in a flat and you can’t tell which electricity meter is yours, either ask your landlord or your supplier. To take a reading, note down any numbers in black and leave out any in red.

Paying electricity bills

It’s important to take regular meter readings to give you an idea of how much energy you use and help you budget accordingly. If you don’t, you’ll get an estimated bill, which tends to be more expensive.

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Updated on 12-Jan-2016

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