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

March 7, 2018   By The SOE Team

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

It doesn’t matter whether you’re relocating to another state or simply moving across town, you will have to set up energy service in your new home.  Getting electricity or natural gas is easier than you might think. Just follow this three-step guide and you’ll have lights and heat in no time.

1.       Choose a supplier

In a deregulated energy market, you have options when it comes to your energy supplier — you can choose to buy supply from your utility or from a competitive energy supplier. The exceptions are in Texas and Georgia. In Texas deregulated areas, you must choose a retail electric provider, and in Georgia’s Atlanta Gas Light service territory you must choose a natural gas supplier rather than the utility.

If you’re looking to buy energy from a competitive retail company, you’ve come to 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 North America. Simply enter your ZIP code on our site and view the electricity or natural gas rates in your area. From there you can easily compare energy plans to find the one that will work best for you.

2.       Sign up for service

Once you’ve picked a retail supplier, it’s time to sign up for a 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, a knowledgeable representative 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 or not you’ll need to pay a deposit. Once all the paperwork is in order, there is nothing more you need to do.

3.     Kick back and relax

After you’ve signed up with a retail supplier, your new energy supplier will work with the local utility to ensure that your electricity or natural gas supply is connected to your home by the time you move in.

Transferring service

Even if you’re moving to a new area, you may not need to find a new retail energy provider. In many cases, retail 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 supplier to find out if it can still supply power to your new address. If your provider can still work with you just let it know your move-in date. It will make sure the utility knows to deliver energy to your new home at that time.