Depending on the type of property you are moving into, you will need to set up different utilities. While it may seem like a pain to have to do, if it is actually a decision that can save (or cost) hundreds to thousands of dollars a year. Houses will usually require gas, electricity and water, whereas apartments may only need electricity and water. However you are required to legally enter into contracts for essential services you are receiving into your home. When unsure, it is always best to check with your new landlord or agent to be sure.

How do I set up my gas & electricity utilities?

The first step is to do your research and compare providers to get the best deal. Once you have found the right provider, you will need to set up an account with them. You need to read all conditions and rates at this time as you are entering a legal contract. This usually involves providing some personal details and paying a deposit. If you are moving into a house, you will need to organise for someone to connect your utilities for you. This can be done through the utility provider or by hiring a professional.

If you are moving into an apartment, most utilities should already be set up and you will just need to activate your account.

Once your account is set up, you will simply need to provide regular payments to keep your services connected!

What happens if I don’t set up my utilities? Legal problems.

If you don’t set up your utilities, you will be without power, water or gas before too long. Usually there is a grace period by which default means that gas and electricity will be provided to a house no matter what. However don’t expect this to last and at some stage if you don’t update your details, power will get switched off. This can be very disruptive and may even put your health at risk. Make sure you connect your utilities as soon as possible after moving into your new home.

If you ever get into a dispute with your electricity or gas provider, there is legal help and greater government protection. For example in NSW you can take your complaints to EWON.

Getting a Good Deal on Legal Utilities Contracts

Consider your time and effort to find the best offers for your home to be worth it. Aside from the financial side, you will have peace of mind knowing you are in a legal contract (for gas, electricity, even NBN) that serves your needs best. We know that moving house can be a hassle, but it can also be a great opportunity to get a good deal from your utilities providers. As a potential new customer, you have the freedom to shop around and compare deals and prices. You could use this time to try and negotiate a better deal for your power bill and save some money in the process. If you talk to your current provider about your move, they may be able to offer you a better rate as an incentive to stay with them. Why not take the time to compare deals and find the best one for you? It could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.