Installing a new business gas meter can be a crucial step towards managing the gas supply into your business premises. There may be several reasons for a new commercial gas meter installation.
For example, if you have noticed that the current gas meter installed is old, it may be a good idea to seek a new meter. The other reason may be that you’re moving into new business premises. Ensuring you have a fully operational gas meter installed can help your business better manage energy consumption.
If you’re unsure of what installing a new business gas meter involves, or what type of meter your gas supply requires; our connections team are more than happy to advise on the most suitable energy meters for your buildings. Our team has years of experience in smart meters, half-hourly meters, multi-site meters and much more.
To get your business gas meter installation started, we just need a few details. You may have a few questions first, we have them covered:
How Much Will A New Business Gas Meter Cost?
How much you pay depends on your usage, business premises size and what meter is required. You can pay anything upwards of £150 to £800.
In most cases, if you switch your business energy supplier with us, we will complete your meter installations for free*. Some business energy meters are excluded from this such as half-hourly meters.
How Long Will It Take To Have My Business Gas Meter Installed?
We will aim to complete your new gas meter installation within 2 weeks. Some installations may take longer, but our new connection team will always be transparent about timelines. We also use GasSafe engineers to ensure your new gas meter is installed safely. We’ll also communicate with your energy supplier and the national grid.
Do I Need A New Business Gas Meter?
This largely depends on your circumstances. For example, if you’re moving into new business premises, you have a very old meter or you would like to have a multi-site meter to better manage your buildings; then you will need a new gas meter.
Having the correct meter can have a huge impact on the price of your gas bill and how much you pay for energy usage. An accurate meter reading ensures you’re paying the right amount for your gas supply so you will not receive a surprise bill at the end of your energy contract.
The Meter Installation Process
We just need some basic details to get started
We’ll start with some basic business details along with some contact details so a member of our connections team can get in touch.
Let’s have a no-obligation chat
Our new connections team will want to understand your exact needs to make sure you’re getting the right gas meter for your business.
We’re more than happy to get involved in any site works or just arrange a basic meter installation. It’s entirely your choice.
We’ll just need your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN). This is a unique identifier located on gas meters.
Let’s get to work
If you’re happy with everything, we will get to work. We aim to complete the gas meter installation within 2 weeks. We will always be transparent with the project timelines.
What Type Of Business Gas Meter Can I Install?
There are a few different business electricity meters that can be installed.
Businesses usually have one of the following gas meters:
- Smart meter – They automatically send readings to your gas supplier to provide accurate billing.
- Standard meters – This meter measures one unit rate against your gas consumption. You will need to send meter readings to your business gas supplier.
- Two & three rate meters – These types of meters charge different rates depending on the time of day. The cheaper rates are usually charged during off-peak hours. Our new connections team will get to know your business to help you select the right gas meter.
What is an MPRN number?
A Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) is a unique number for your building’s gas meter. This is similar to your unique electricity meter number which is known as your Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). You may want to consider any electricity meter installations whilst you’re having your business gas meter fitted.
You have several meters if you have multiple buildings or larger premises.
What Information Do I Need To Arrange A New Installation?
Our new connections team will need some basic business detail along with your MPRN number. We’ll advise on the best gas meter for your business based on your usage, industry and business location.
It is a good idea to have a recent gas bill to hand as it will have your energy usage available and other information that is required.
Will My Gas Supply Be Affected?
We do not touch your gas pipes, only the meter used to take readings. This means there will be no disruption to your supply. You will receive your business gas bill as normal unless you’re switching business energy suppliers. This means you will receive a final bill from your old supplier and then your new business energy supplier will bill you for any future energy usage after your new gas meter has been fitted.
How Do I Select A New Meter?
Our team will take the time to understand your business and how you use energy. This allows us to advise on the most suitable type of meter to manage your gas usage. For example, very large consumption users must have a half-hourly meter by law. Any other new gas meters may be available for free installation if you switch business energy suppliers with us.
What Happens If I Do Not Send Meter Readings To My Supplier?
If you do not send regular gas and electricity meter readings to your business energy supplier, they will use estimated billing. This could be very different to your actual usage and you may be over or underpaying for your business energy.
This presents several issues:
- If you underpay your gas and electricity bills, you will be presented with a large bill at the end of your energy contract to make up for the underpayment.
- If you overpay your business energy, you are taking valuable cash flow away from your company. If your energy supplier goes out of business as you have not claimed your money back; it is likely you will not be able to apply for a refund.