quote
menu

Moving Business Premises: What to Do About Gas and Electricity


Moving into new business premises can be stressful, so it’s easy to overlook tasks such as arranging a new energy contract for new site. Unfortunately, failing to do so can lead to you paying much more for your gas and electricity than is necessary. To help you avoid any unpleasant surprises, we’ve put together a short guide which outlines what you need to do about your business energy when you’re relocating.

Moving Out of Your Current Premises

Before you vacate your current premises, it’s important to let your current energy supplier know when you’re leaving. Try to give them a reasonable amount of notice – a month should be enough. This, along with taking your final meter readings on your last day at this address, will make it easier for your supplier to charge you accurately for your final energy bill.

Make sure you give your old supplier your new address in case they need to contact you about your final bill after you move. This bill may need to be paid after you’ve relocated, so if you were paying your bills by direct debit, it’s a good idea to avoid cancelling this until you’re sure you’ve settled any outstanding debts.

Ensuring a Smooth Transition

It’s advisable to arrange an energy contract for your new premises before the relocation takes place. If you don’t, you could end up paying deemed contract rates once your business has moved, as the previous occupant’s energy provider will most likely continue to supply energy to the premises. You’ll pay much more for this energy than you would if you’d negotiated a formal contact – perhaps even twice as much.

You may be able to carry your contract from your previous premises over to the new address. If you’d like to do this, ask your supplier about it when you let them know your business is moving.

Alternatively, a change of premises can be a great opportunity to shop around and find the cheapest energy tariffs available to your company. SwitchMyBusiness.com can help you find the best deal in the least time-consuming way possible. Why not start comparing prices using our free online quote tool, or call 0800 411 8830 to discuss your options with one of our experts?

Moving Into Your New Premises

When moving to new premises, there’s a small chance the site may not be connected to gas and electricity supplies. This is something you should check as soon as possible.

If you’re moving into previously occupied premises, the last tenant may have had their energy supply disconnected. If this is the case, you might need to pay reconnection fees before your supplier will provide you with gas and electricity.

Similarly, if you’re moving into brand new premises which have never had a business energy supply before, you may have to pay initial connection fees.

If neither of these issues arise, you simply need to make sure you take a meter reading as soon as you move into the new site and give this to your new supplier. This will ensure you don’t end up paying for any energy used by the previous tenant.

Related Articles

Scottish Power logo

Total Gas & Power

Total Gas & Power is a business energy supplier, wholly owned by Total SA. It has been a leading business ...

Read More
SSE logo

SSE

SSE is one of the UK’s leading business energy suppliers, catering for around 500,000 business with electric...

Read More
Scottish Power Logo

Scottish Power

Scottish Power has been operating since 1901 and is now owned by Iberdola, a Spanish energy firm that is one o...

Read More
Excellent, 9.7 / 10

thank you nicole for your kind help to…

"thank you nicole for your kind help to set up my business electric account fantastic service and your personal touch thank you"

This review was posted by Sam Raju on the 19th of February 2018

Aaron Gallagher recently helped me…

"Aaron Gallagher recently helped me switch the gas and electricity supply for our business. He was extremely helpful and well informed which was great for me as I know nothing in this area! He saved us a small fortune and dealt with all of the switch for us which again was extremely helpful as it wasn't completely straightforward. Thanks again for you help Aaron, it was so appreciated."

This review was posted by Rachel on the 17th of February 2018

A better deal for our Village Hall

"I recently used this company to get a better energy deal for our local village hall. Other companies were quite pushy but Lorraine and Bhavni from SwitchMyBusiness were much more professional. They sent me useful information by email enabling me and the village hall committee to make a decision about which supplier to use. The switch was done by phone and when the energy provider sent the paper work to the wrong address Bhavni sorted it out straight away. I saved over £1000 for the charity."

This review was posted by Irene Winter on the 16th of February 2018

Good Service

"Lorraine was great and very helpful. We negotiated and received a good deal on our supply."

This review was posted by Edwina Nash on the 16th of February 2018

The SME Personal Switcher

"The SME Personal Switcher, Lorraine Carey was really helpful."

This review was posted by Cross Fabrications on the 16th of February 2018