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Can I move my gas or electricity meter?

Can I move my gas or electricity meter?

There are a few reasons why you might need, or want, to move your gas or electricity meter. So, what’s involved in moving an energy meter? Is it expensive? And who should you contact for help? We’ve got the answers.  

Peter Earl
From the Energy team
3
minute read
posted 31 JANUARY 2020

Can I move my gas or electricity meter?

Yes, you can. But there are costs involved, so you might want to ask yourself if it’s essential.

Sometimes, of course, moving a gas or electric meter is unavoidable. Reasons might include having difficulty reading or accessing your meter as a result of circumstances beyond your control, and conducting building work that could cause damage to a meter in its current position.

Can I move my gas or electricity meter myself?

No. It’s illegal (and dangerous) to move your meter yourself. You’ll need to employ the skills of a professional to do it.  

Who do I need to contact to move my gas or electricity meter?

That depends on how far from its original position you want to move it. If you only need to move it within a metre or less, you can simply get in touch with your energy supplier

If you want to move it further than that, you’ll need to contact your electricity Local Distribution Centre (LDC) or gas transporter, as the job will be more complex. Depending on the work that needs to be done, you might also need to call a gas engineer or electrician for assistance.

How much does it cost to move my meter?

The cost will vary. If your energy supplier’s handling the move, they’ll give you a quote when they receive your request.

The good news is that if you’re not happy with the proposed amount, there are a few things you might be able to do to cut costs. Since the meter move has to be done by your current energy supplier, you could try shopping around, to see if switching energy suppliers produces a better quote for the work.

Priority customers might be able to have their meter moved by their energy supplier for free, if they can prove they’re having trouble reading or accessing it. This could include pensioners, people with a disability and those suffering from a long-term illness.

If your (LDC) or gas transporter will be doing the work, you’re probably looking at a quote of around £400 upwards. Some may even charge more than £1,000, depending on the scope of work that needs to be done.

Are there any other ways I can keep costs down?

While we can’t help you lower the cost of moving your electricity or gas meter, we might be able to help you save up to £329** on your energy bills.

With Compare the Market’s simple comparison service, we make it easy for you to compare energy plans from energy suppliers in the UK – and not just the ‘Big Six’ either. There are a whole host of insurance providers to choose from, including smaller energy suppliers.

**Where a saving can be achieved,  50%  of people could achieve a saving of £329.00  on their dual fuel energy costs based on Compare the Market data in November 2019.

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