Power Your New Home for Less
Moving into a new home is an exciting time full of possibilities. The number of decisions you need to make can seem overwhelming, and moving utilities and preparing your new home to be energy efficient may not rank high on your priority list. Knowing where to invest a little time and effort for the biggest payoff can be a great way to enjoy years of lower electric bills. Here are a few tips for powering your new home that could mean big energy savings over time.
How to set up utilities
Identify the utility companies servicing your new home a few weeks before you are scheduled to move in. You can identify the utility company servicing your area by searching online, checking your new municipality’s website, or by asking the homeowner/real estate agent.
Call or go online to schedule the transfer of your existing service if it’s the same utility, or to set up a new account if you’re moving into a new service area. You will need to provide stop and start dates for each service.
Follow any access instructions given by your new utility companies. Energy, water, and sewer providers usually will not need home access; while cable, internet and phone companies may.
Ask for meter readings for your old and new gas and electric service. This is a simple request you should make when scheduling stop and start dates for your utilities. Getting meter readings on last and first days of service will ensure you avoid paying for gas and electric you didn’t use in your final or first bill.