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Moving 101: Save money from the day you move in

Posted on 2014-09-28

When you’re moving house, it’s easy to get caught up in the logistics, such as packing, and the fun stuff like choosing new furniture and planning rooms.

However, during the moving process it’s also the perfect time to look at your bills and try to save yourself some money in the long run.

Many of us can save £100s by changing who we buy our gas and electricity from. However, a report commissioned by Ofgem in June 2014 showed that a staggering three quarters of tenants in the UK have never switched energy supplier –there’s a good chance this means you!

Switching your energy provider is quick, easy and can save you money. What’s more – if you pay your bills independently (and not to your landlord as part of your rent), you’re perfectly within your rights to switch.

You should always check your tenancy agreement first and speak to your landlord or letting agent though – as they may ask you to switch back to the original supplier before you move out.

The switching process is simple, with sites such as uSwitch offering to even do the legwork and admin for you once you've chosen a new supplier. Simply log on, fill in some details on your current tariff, your new home and your energy usage and it’ll show you how much you can save.

If you see a deal you like you can either switch there and then or try calling your current energy provider to tell them you want to leave – they may offer you a better deal!

Once you've switched, keep up the savings by checking back regularly to make sure you’re getting the best deal on the market and submitting frequent meter readings to ensure you’re not being charged for energy you haven’t used.

If you need more help deciding whether to switch and more tips on the best way to do it, Money Saving Expert and Ofgem both have really useful guides available online.

Likewise, if you want to switch at some point before you move, but you’re worried you’ll forget, a handy reminder to switch is one of the many features of our new app, Let’s Move, which you can download for free today.

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