Unlike most aspects of home improvement, the installation of a new or the relocation of an existing meter needs to be done by a suitable and licensed third party. Depending on what is required, the costs involved can be substantial so there are a number of considerations to be made before taking the plunge.
If you’re wondering what the process involves or what will be required before a new connection can be made, read on to learn more.
Constructing a New Residential Property
You’re most likely to encounter the need to arrange for a new energy connection if you’ve just completed the construction of a new property. The most common utilities required are gas, water and electricity which are usually supplied to a property through connecting into the existing local infrastructure.
Before a new connection can be made, a suitable meter will need to be installed. These can vary in terms of installation location but are typically located directly outside your property or somewhere inside, likely within a cupboard.
Once your meter has been installed, the work to create a physical connection can begin. This will involve:
- The digging of a trench which will house gas pipework or mains electricity cables.
- At this point, a company will make the physical connection where required and run it back to your property and directly to your meter.
- From here you’ll be able to sign up to an energy supply contract with your chosen gas or electricity supplier.
- The process for connecting mains water to a property is very similar and will again require a suitable meter.
The process can take anywhere from two weeks to eight weeks depending on demand for new connections in your locality. The cost for a new meter installation and all associated enabling work is usually around the £1000 mark but can increase depending on requirements. It is best to always consult an energy connection company and obtain a quotation or further advice.
Refurbishing or Extending a Property
Meter relocations are just as common. A relocation is most likely to be needed when a property is undergoing extensive alterations which would see the current meter location being made unsuitable. Unfortunately, even in these instances, a meter cannot be moved by a homeowner.
Luckily, the process is much simpler as most of the necessary infrastructure is already in place. As long as the new meter location isn’t too far away, its likely that only additional pipework or cabling will be required. If of course the meter is to be housed in another building somewhere else on the land or property, costs will increase as more trenches will need to be dug.
What Should My Next Step Be?
If you require a new meter, you need to speak to one of the many energy connection specialists operating across the UK. They will be able to assist you in completing the process from start to finish.
If the relocation of an existing meter, the first step would be to speak to your current utility provider and ask them how they wish to proceed.