Would like to move the meter from the front room to the outside wall. It is literally on the other side of the wall, thus under 1 meter.
Please do advise.
Best answer by Transparent
Updated on 17/10/20: We’ve made a guide on meter site works, and another on costs of engineer jobs. To move a meter location (assuming it’s not just moving the electric meter from one bit of the meter board to another) you have to:
- Arrange for your DNO or National Grid to visit to move cables or pipe work leading to your meter, to the area you want it.
- Arrange with our Support team later that same day for an OVO engineer to move the meter itself.
Costs, it’s £125 for the electric meter (£325 if it’s 3-phase) and £145 for gas. Plus the DNO or NG costs.
Which meter? - Gas or Electricity?
I have some experience of this, but whether it is relevant depends which area of the country you live in. I'm in Devon, so my electricity supply is handled by Western Power, and gas by Wales & West Utilities. I have found both very easy to deal with. They have explained which parts of the meter-relocation I may do, and which requires a registered engineer.
In my area, moving a gas meter a short distance is a capped fee. Last time I checked I think it was about £100. This assumes that I collect the new Meter-box and fit this to the wall before Wales & West do the actual move.
The twice that I've relocated an electricity meter, I have again fitted the meter-box myself, and then hired in an approved electrician to run the meter-tails (cables) to the new location. Western Power were called to site by the electrician to re-seal the meter and provide a new 100A fuse. They didn't charge for this at all. Their main concern was safety, including checking the resistance to the new earth-stake.
What more would you like to know? There’s a similar topic about this here.