Whatever your reason for wanting to reposition your meters, it’s essential to contact your energy company.
You may also need to notify other organisations, or bring in local electricians, depending on how far you want to move your meters, and whether you’re on the Priority Register – if you are, your energy provider should move your meters completely free of charge.
Contact your energy provider and explain what you’re planning. ‘A short distance’ means:
Electricity meters are attached to a ‘meter board’ fixed to the wall, which also holds the main electrical fuse box. If your electricity meter is simply moving within the same meter board, your energy company can deal with this, although you may also be able to get the work carried out by a qualified electrician if you prefer.
To move a gas meter, start by contacting your gas transporter. Their details should be on a sticker on your meter – if not, check with your energy provider. This is because any change to the physical gas supply pipework leading into your property needs to be carried out by an accredited engineer.
Once your gas transporter has completed their work, you’ll need to use a Gas Safe registered engineer to reconnect the meter to your internal pipework. They’ll then test your boiler and any other internal gas appliances, restore your supply and make sure everything has been installed correctly.
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these statements:
... your energy supplier won’t be able to carry out the work alone. You’ll also need to contact your local Distribution Network Operator if it’s an electricity meter, and your gas transporter for a gas meter.
Your gas transporter’s details should be on a sticker on your meter. If they’re not, check with your energy provider.
No – sorry, it’s against the law.
These are our current charges for all the separate jobs involved in moving an electricity or gas meter:
||Cost if you have a 3-phase
Economy 10 meter
|Carrying out a non-technical
survey of your home
|Carrying out a technical
survey of your home
|Installing a new meter||£57.75||£57.75|
|Replacing a faulty or
|Removing or checking
|Charging a meter because
of a change in functionality
|Changing a meter because
Fitting a PME earth terminal
|Fitting an isolation switch||£67.20||£115.20|
|Repositioning the meter
|Installing a check meter||£103.95||£103.05|
|Meter accuracy test||£89.25||£89.25|
|De-energising or re-energising
a metering system
|Upgrading from single phase
|Carrying out a meter accuracy test||£138.32|
|Replacing a faulty or damaged meter||Free|
|Removing a gas meter||£85.05|
|Repositioning the meter system||£124.80|
|Changing a meter because of a change
|Changing a meter because of
|Changing a meter from U6 to U16||£261.70|
|Carrying out a U16 meter accuracy test||£234.32|
|Fitting a security bracket||Free|
All prices include VAT and are subject to change.
There may be – for example, for fitting the meter box and reconnecting your supply, and possibly even some outside work, like preliminary digging.