Setting Up Electricity or Natural Gas Service: Step-By-Step Guide

January 24, 2019   By The SOE Team

Setting Up Electricity or Natural Gas Service: Step-By-Step Guide

Maybe you’re relocating to a deregulated area from another state or you’re just moving across town – either way, you’re going to have to set up energy service in your new home.  Luckily, getting set up with an electricity or natural gas provider is easier than you might think.  All it takes is three simple steps:

  1. Choose a supplier
  2. Sign up for service
  3. Sit back and relax

That’s all!  Ready to learn more?  Here’s our three-step guide to setting up electricity or natural gas service in your new home.

1. How do I choose a supplier?

In a deregulated energy market, you can choose to purchase your energy from your utility or from a retail energy supplier.  The two exceptions are Texas and Georgia.  In Texas deregulated areas, you must choose a retail electric provider and in Georgia’s Atlantic Gas Light service territory, you must choose a natural gas provider, rather than purchasing your energy from the utility.

If you’re looking to buy energy from a retail supplier, you’re in the right place.® makes it easy to find the right supplier for your energy needs.  We compile the best offers from the most popular providers in deregulated areas across the United States.  Just enter your ZIP code on our homepage, and we’ll show you electricity and natural gas rates in your area.  From there, you can easily sort and compare energy plans to find the best one for you.

2. How do I sign up for an energy plan?

Found a retail supplier?  Great!  It’s time to sign up for your new plan.  In most cases, you can simply call to set up your new service, but a few of our offers are only available online.

When you call, one of our experienced representatives can answer any questions you have about the plan, rate, or company. He or she will also take your personal information and conduct a credit check to determine whether you’ll need to pay a deposit. Once all the paperwork is in order, you’ll be all set to start receiving electric or gas service at your home.

3. What do I need to do after signing up for an energy plan?

Congratulations!  Your work is done.  Once you’ve signed up for a plan, your new retail energy supplier will work with the local utility to ensure that your electricity or natural gas supply is connected to your new home on the right date.  Some plans even offer same-day service.

How do I transfer my energy service?

Even if you’re moving to a new area, you may not need to find a new retail energy provider. Many suppliers operate in more than one area, so you may be able to transfer your electricity or natural gas service when you move.

Just call your current retail energy provider to find out if it can still supply power to your new address. If your provider is able to transfer your service, just let it know your move-in date. The provider will coordinate with the utility to deliver energy to your new home at that time.

Updated on 1/24/2019.