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Commercial Electricity Meter Installation

We offer commercial electricity meter installation within 2 weeks*. 

From multiple electricity meters, half-hourly, to smart meters - getting the right type of meter is important. Securing your new commercial meter installation has never been easier and we can help you with everything from planning to installation. 

It's 3 easy steps. Request new meter installation, choose your meter type & install it within 2 weeks.

Get your new business electricity meter

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Do You Need A New Commercial Electricity Meter?

Here are some of the reasons small and large UK businesses get new commercial electricity and gas meters installed. 

  • New business premises - if you’re moving into a brand new building it may not have commercial meters installed yet. They may even have new meters installed but they may be the wrong type for your business.
  • Growing business - requirements can change as the business grows as you start using more electricity or have a larger demand during off-peak hours. 
  • Building refurbishment - building refurbishment can sometimes mean that the location of commercial electricity meters needs to be moved.
  • Commercial meter certificate expires - all business gas and business electricity meters come with a certificate. These can last between 10 and 40 years. Even if your commercial energy meters are in full working order, it is advised that they be replaced once this period has expired.

With a speedy electricity meter installation service, we’ll have you saving money on your business electricity bills within 2 weeks. 

Request a new meter

How To Get A New Commercial Electricity Meter

  • 1

    We'll ask some basic questions about your meter installation requirements 

  • 2

    We will discuss your business electricity meter options and arrange an installation date if you’re happy to proceed

  • 3

    We’ll have your business electricity meter installed within 2 weeks

What Type Of Commercial Electricity Meter Do You Need?

It can be a challenge to find the right commercial electricity meter for your business. 

We're here to advise and help you save money. There's no obligation to go ahead with the meter installation when you get a quote. 

We'll discuss your business size, energy usage, and operating hours. These are the basics to help us understand the best commercial meters for your company. 

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  • Single-Rate Meter

    Single-rate meters will charge usage at a flat rate. If your business uses most of its electricity during peak hours, this will likely be the right meter for you.

    You will have to submit your meter readings manually. If this isn't done regularly, you may receive estimated billing calculations.

  • Business Smart Meter

    These meters send automatic readings to your supplier to ensure you’re being charged the right amount. You will be offered a digital monitor so you can see how much gas and electricity you’re using.

  • Multi Rate Meter

    Multi-rate meters offer cheaper kWh unit prices at certain times of the day.

    For businesses who operate outside of ‘normal business hours’, multi-rate meters could offer an intelligent way of saving money on business energy bills. Tariffs on these meters are known as Economy 7 and Economy 10, both offering the opportunity to save a significant amount of money on energy bills for suitable users.

  • Multiple Electricity Meters (Multi-Site Meter)

    Multi-site meters allow businesses with several buildings to manage their electricity with one billing account. These business locations can include offices, warehouses or even factories.

  • Half-Hourly Meter

    These meters are legally required for any business with a maximum demand of 100 kW or greater during any 30 minutes. Half-hour electricity meters, also called “00” meters, measure and record consumption automatically.

Finding Your MPAN Status

Understanding your MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) status is crucial to knowing if your business is in the right position to get a new commercial electricity meter installed. Your MPAN status indicates whether your meter is live, disconnected, energised or de-energised. 

There are three possible stages that your meter could be: 

  • Live - you're ready to switch suppliers or request a new commercial electricity meter best suited to your usage requirements. 
  • Disconnected - you need to contact your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) as you will need something called 'siteworks'. Your DNO will need to arrange a new cable installation to connect you to the National Grid. Once this is complete, they will provide you with a new MPAN number
  • New/ Energised - you will be in this stage if you have arranged new cabling to be installed but are waiting to go 'live'. Once the 'site works' are complete you may be waiting 3-4 weeks for your DNO to activate your MPAN. After all this has been completed, you're ready to request a new meter from us. 
  • De-energised - your supply cable is still in place but your electricity meter has been removed. This is classed as a de-energised meter and you need to contact your supplier to reinstate the meter. 

How To Arrange Your Commercial Electricity Meter Installation 

You’re ready to install a new commercial electricity meter if you’re MPAN status is sat in the live stage. There may be some other steps to follow as highlighted above if you’re currently disconnected. For example, you may need your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to connect you again. 

If we’re assuming you’re ready to go, you will need your MPAN number to hand. This is a unique number that helps us identify your meter and usage. You’ll be able to find this number on a recent business electricity bill.

The next step will be to identify what type of meter you would like. You can choose from single-rate meters, smart meters, multi-rate meters, multi-site meters and half-hourly meters. Each has its benefits and you should consider how your business uses electricity before selecting. 

Finally, you will want to switch electricity supplier to a more competitively priced one. If you switch suppliers with us, we can offer you free meter installation within 2 weeks*. 

How Much Does A Commercial Electricity Meter Cost?

Each commercial electricity meter has its requirements and it can be hard to pin a cost on new meter installation.

As a rough guide, a new commercial electricity meter can cost anywhere between £250 to £1,000.

When you switch business electricity supplier with us, we may be able to install a new commercial electric meter free of charge*.

 

Commercial Electricity Meters FAQs

  • Can I Install My Own Electric Meter?

    Only a qualified installer can install an electric meter. Attempting to install your own meter can lead to prosecution. A qualified installer will need the supplier’s permission.

  • Why Do I Need My MPAN To Install A New Electricity Meter?

    Your MPAN helps us identify the meter that is going to be replaced. Each meter has a unique number. 

  • What is Maximum Demand?

    Maximum demand when measuring electricity usage is the most your business will be using at one time over any 30 minute period.

  • How do Multi-Rate Meters Work?

    Multi-rate meters will have two, or sometimes three separate prices per kWh unit of energy at set times in the day. There are two types of multi-rate meters, and these are:

    • A two-rate meter is sometimes known as an Economy 7 meter, a two-rate meter differentiates between peak and off-peak usage, charging less for off-peak times. Economy 7 times usually are classes between 10 pm and 8:30 am – but some suppliers' times may be slightly different.

    • A three-rate meter considers weekend usage, alongside, peak and off-peak supply, charging all three rates at different rates. If you’re using energy over the weekend, this would be the best choice for your business.
  • How Do I Know if I Have a Multi-Rate Meter?

    Despite looking like a standard digital meter, a multi-rate meter will have small grey writing above the screen to tell you if the meter is multi-rate. Despite the similarity to a standard meter, the digital display will alternate between two or three readings (depending if you’re on an Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff) so you can get an accurate meter reading for each period.

     

  • What Is A Distribution Network Operator (DNO)?

    A DNO is a licesned company that distributes electricity allover the UK. They manage the cabling and infrastructure. Here is a list of DNO's: 

     

  • What is COP Metering?

    Code of Practice or COP are metering panels that set parameters for technical requirements and standards for metering systems. After installation, a COP metering box is connected to your local supply point to communicate accurate peak energy consumption and patterns, including automated meter readings (AMRs).

    Here are the different COP metering boxes associated with each meter type:

    • Half Hourly Meters - COP1, COP2, COP3, COP5, COP6, COP7, and COP10
    • Non Half Hourly Meters - COP8 and COP9 
    • Asset Metering Systems - COP11
    • Metering Equipment installed in Metering systems for COP1 to COP10 - COP4

    If you already know which COP you have after speaking with your DNO, arrange a meter installation with us today:

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    If you’re unsure which COP is best for you before you arrange a meter install, speak to a meter installation expert today.

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  • What Is COP5 Metering?

    COP5 stands for Code Of Practice 5 and is for the maximum demand for metering transfers with a single meter installed with consumption between 100kW to 1MW for settlement purposes.