It’s easy to find out which energy company supplies your property. The process will depend if you are looking to find your gas supplier or electricity supplier (or both) and whether you’ve just moved into the property.
If your home uses both electricity and gas, your property might use the same supplier for both fuels – known as a duel fuel plan. But as these records are kept separately, you’ll need to follow the process to find your gas supplier and your electricity supplier separately.
You can find out who your gas supplier is via the Find My Supplier service.
Alternatively, call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524.
(Please note that calls to this number cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.)
You can use Find My Supplier and the Meter Number Helpline to find out who supplies your gas as well as find your MPRN number and gas transporter. Your MPRN, or "Meter Point Reference Number", is a way of identifying the unique gas supply to your property.
To find out who supplies your electricity you can call your regional electricity distribution telephone number. You can find the number for all British regions listed in the table below:
|If your region is...||...call this number to find your supplier|
|North Scotland||0345 026 2554|
|Central and South Scotland||0330 1010 300|
|North East England & Yorkshire||0800 0111 3332|
|North West England||0800 195 4141|
|London, South East England & Eastern England||0800 029 4285|
|Central Southern England||0345 026 2554|
|South West England & South Wales||0800 096 3080|
|East Midlands & West Midlands||0800 096 3080|
|Merseyside, Cheshire, North Shropshire & North Wales||0330 1010 300|
Please note that the cost of calling a phone number depends on the digits it starts with, your phone provider and whether you use a landline or mobile. However, it is now free for mobile users to call 0800 and 0808 numbers.
You can find your gas and electricity supplier online.
For gas you can use the Meter Point Administration Services’ Find My Supplier tool which uses your address to search the National Database and determine who your gas supplier is.
For electricity, you’ll need to contact your energy network operator (which you can find by using the Energy Network Association search tool) and ask them to tell you who your electricity supplier is.
If you've just moved to a new property and don't know who your gas or electricity supplier is, it's usually easy to find out. The simplest way to find out who supplies your energy is to ask the letting agent, landlord or the previous tenant of your property.
If the previous tenant of your property has called the electricity or gas supplier to let them know they're moving, it is likely that the energy supplier will send you a letter in the near future addressed to 'The Occupier'. This letter should provide any details you need about your gas and electricity or dual fuel supplier.
If you've already been living in your property for a while, or if the previous tenant hasn't told their gas or electricity supplier that they're moving on, you may need to contact your local electricity distribution company and the Meter Number Helpline on the numbers above to find out who supplies your electricity and gas.
Once you know who your current supplier is, it's time to take action. When you move to a new property, energy suppliers may automatically put you on a standard variable tariff, which is often their most expensive.
The standard variable tariff is your energy supplier's default plan, and may not offer any discounts that can be offered by online account management, paying by Direct Debit, or choosing a dual fuel plan. For this reason, many customers prefer to switch to a fixed deal, which means that the rate they pay per unit of energy used is fixed for a certain time and can't be changed.
On your final day in your property, you’ll need to take a meter reading to send to your supplier and compare against your final bill when you receive it. You’ll usually switch supplier (or at least tariff) when you move into a new place, so this is key to ensure you aren’t overcharged. You’ll need to do the same thing on your first day in your new home to ensure the supplier already in charge of that home knows how much to charge you, whether you switch away from it or not.
The next step is to find out which gas and electricity tariff you're on. Once you've found out the plan you're on, you can find out how much your gas and electricity will be costing you.
To find out the name of your electricity and gas plan, there are several things you can do:
Contact your electricity and gas suppliers directly and ask them
Check your online account(s) if you have them
Find your plan on your bill - it might be difficult to find, but it should be there
Now you know your electricity and gas supplier and plan name, you can run an energy price comparison to see how much you could save by changing electricity supplier, and find out if you could switch to a cheaper plan. You should be aware, though, that rising wholesale costs, and the current volatile state of the energy market has significantly reduced the number of deals available through price comparison sites like Uswitch.
Our comparison tables are constantly updated with the latest tariffs and rates, so you can be sure we're comparing the latest plans to find you a good deal.
In order to switch your energy supplier online, we will ask you for the following:
Name of your current supplier
How much energy you use
Remember, if you don't know who your current energy supplier is then contact the meter number helpline on 0870 608 1524, or use the website to find out who provides your gas, and use the table above to find out who supplies your electricity.
You would typically find out the amount of energy you use from your energy bill. If you have this information, try to enter your usage details in kWh for the most accurate comparison.
If you don't have any previous bills to help you compare, it doesn't matter - you can get an estimate by supplying the number of bedrooms in the property. Just make sure you enter your supplier and plan name at the beginning so we can apply the correct tariff rates to your usage estimate.
With Uswitch the switching process is as easy as possible. When you switch through us we will send your switch request through to your old supplier and pass your details through to your new supplier for you. If you choose to pay by Direct Debit we will help you set up your payment details too.
Once we process your switch you don't need to do anything until your new supplier gets in touch. Remember to provide your starting meter read to your new supplier when they request it as they will give this to your old supplier to use for your final bill.
Looking for a cheaper gas or electricity supplier but not sure where to start? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to find a better energy supplier.Learn more