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    • icebergx
    • By icebergx 20th Apr 17, 11:51 AM
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    Move Electricity Meter?
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    • 20th Apr 17, 11:51 AM
    Move Electricity Meter? 20th Apr 17 at 11:51 AM
    Hi all,
    I'm getting my house refurbished and the Electricity meter is currently located above where my new hob will go (and where my old hob was.)
    My builder's said that he thinks it might be wise to move it, and reposition it close to the new consumer unit which will be installed, but I understand moving meters can be expensive.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I can get the current meter moved unto 1m away from its current location for 60, so I thought I'd move it into one of the new adjacent wall units, but putting the consumer unit in there too might not look great. Therefore, I was thinking of moving that a few meters further down the wall.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks.







    Last edited by icebergx; 20-04-2017 at 11:57 AM.
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 20th Apr 17, 11:54 AM
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    It's hundreds, but specific information and prices are freely available on the internet. Check with your supplier or National Grid. I think meters are dealt with by the supplier.

    They will also have an opinion on its new position - ie. probably outside, not in.
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    • icebergx
    • By icebergx 20th Apr 17, 12:08 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:08 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:08 PM
    It's hundreds, but specific information and prices are freely available on the internet. Check with your supplier or National Grid. I think meters are dealt with by the supplier.

    They will also have an opinion on its new position - ie. probably outside, not in.
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    My supplier said 60 for a move of upto 1m. An independent electrician who does this kind of thing for a living for one of the big energy suppliers said he could reposition it anywhere within the house for 350-450. What do you think would be the best option?
    • rob7475
    • By rob7475 20th Apr 17, 12:33 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:33 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:33 PM
    An electrician isn't allowed to move the meter - it has to be done by the DNO.

    Have a chat with your DNO and get them to come and survey and quote - you may be pleasantly surprised.

    I recently had a gas meter moved from inside the house to an outdoor box. From the gude prices on the DNO's website, it looked like it would cost around 600. The guy who came out to survey agreed to do the job for 350 as it was fairly straightforward.
    • always_sunny
    • By always_sunny 20th Apr 17, 12:52 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:52 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:52 PM
    I wish I could move mine too, the electric meter (fairly modern too) sits under the stopcock!!!!!!!
    EU expat working in London
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 20th Apr 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 1:00 PM
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    Remember the 60 would only move the meter. The main fuse under it would still not be moved.

    I think I paid 500 ish in my last house to have it moved to an outside box (which I supplied and fitted). But that was 15 years ago.
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 20th Apr 17, 1:07 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 1:07 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 1:07 PM
    I wish I had thought of having mine moved outside.
    • icebergx
    • By icebergx 20th Apr 17, 3:06 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 3:06 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 3:06 PM
    Is there any particular reason to have it outside, other than it being a bit unsightly indoors?
    Also, in the above situation, do I need to get my mains/cut out moved too, or would moving the meter and Consumer unit suffice?
    Last edited by icebergx; 20-04-2017 at 3:28 PM.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 20th Apr 17, 8:50 PM
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    If it outside it can be read by the meter readers when you are out and even if you are in you don't need to invite them in.
    • icebergx
    • By icebergx 21st Apr 17, 12:43 AM
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    If it outside it can be read by the meter readers when you are out and even if you are in you don't need to invite them in.
    Originally posted by JuzaMum
    But with the move to smart meters, won't this become a redundant reason soon? I'm planning on changing supplier soon, and they support smart meters, so the old meter will be swapped out relatively soon anyway.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 21st Apr 17, 10:04 AM
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    A smart meter from one supplier (say BG) wouldn't work with another (e.g. Eon) so would cause issues if you wanted to switch. Maybe, one day, just maybe, all smart meters will be compatible with all suppliers and switching might become a same day exercise.

    Smart meters are not all they are cracked up to be and certainly do not deliver any energy savings.
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    • NAM
    • By NAM 9th Feb 18, 10:22 AM
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    More recent pricing?
    I'm now in a similar position where I need to get both gas and electricity meters moved. I'm going round in circles as everyone is saying different things.
    UKPower Networks and Cadent Gas are the distributors and they say that they must move the pipes and cables going into the meters and the suppliers can move the meter.
    The suppliers say they can do the whole thing as long as it is less than 1m. Anything more than this then you have to go to the distributor.
    Citizens Advice Bureau ratifies what the suppliers have said. I.e., 1m - go to supplier. >1m go to distributor.

    The distributors are quoting prices starting at 1600 inc VAT to move up to 5m and they are adamant that even if you want to move the meter 1 inch, you must go through the distributor and the full charge for 1600 applies. For each. And you have to pay for the supplier to come and move the meter and connect it up again. And the suppliers are not allowed to move the pipes or cables going into the meter.

    The suppliers say they can do the whole thing up to 1m and prices vary from 80 - 130 all in.

    Has anyone had it moved by just the supplier?
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 9th Feb 18, 10:33 AM
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    As stated supplier meter moves do not free up the area and there will still be a connection from the old point to the meter position.

    As for DNO work, it depends on how much you want them to do.

    I paid a few hundred for a electric meter to an outside box a while back (prices not changed much).

    However they expected the box (and conduits etc) in places and all my side sorted ready for them.
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