Regardless of where you are moving, the first companies you need to contact are the utilities as electricity and gas are essential services needed in every home. Natural gas is a great option as it is cheap and effective for cooking, hot water provision and generally heating your home.
The PSC (Public Service Commission) is able to offer information on gas service company reputations and has rules in place that require providers to issuedetails of terms of service, disclosure statement and any contracts that are applicable to your service.
Each gas service company will outline the prices and contract terms – as well as any additional fees – associated with all rate plans.
Sometimes there is not much choice when it comes to selecting a natural gas company in your area. However, take time to research options so you can make an informed decision.
Before you move house you will need to take the following steps:
1. Arrange to stop the water service at your previous address on the date you will move out. This way you won't get billed for any usage after you have moved.
2. Double-check if you need to pay a security deposit and connection fee to activate your service at your new home. It is normal to be expected to pay a deposit as a new account.
3. Request a new water service at your new address at least three days in advance so you can be sure the water is connected when you move in.
The electricity is typically the most expensive utility of all. A with water you need to request the disconnection from your old address and a new connection in your new home.
Use your move as an opportunity to check out other electric companies to see if there a better deal on the market and pay close attention the service contract terms. Check for the following:
Once in your new home use energy efficient light bulbs, automatic timers and make a conscious effort to minimise your power usage by developing a habit of switching off power sources that are not being used.