Electric & Gas

Regardless of where you are moving, the first companies you need to contact are the utilities as electricity and gas are essential services needed in every home. Natural gas is a great option as it is cheap and effective for cooking, hot water provision and generally heating your home.

Choosing a Gas Service Company

The PSC (Public Service Commission) is able to offer information on gas service company reputations and has rules in place that require providers to issuedetails of terms of service, disclosure statement and any contracts that are applicable to your service.

Each gas service company will outline the prices and contract terms – as well as any additional fees – associated with all rate plans.

  • Variable rates fluctuate on a monthly basis according to the market
  • Fixed rates stay the same for the length of your contract

Sometimes there is not much choice when it comes to selecting a natural gas company in your area. However, take time to research options so you can make an informed decision.

Water Service Company Tips

Before you move house you will need to take the following steps:

1. Arrange to stop the water service at your previous address on the date you will move out. This way you won't get billed for any usage after you have moved.

2. Double-check if you need to pay a security deposit and connection fee to activate your service at your new home. It is normal to be expected to pay a deposit as a new account.

3. Request a new water service at your new address at least three days in advance so you can be sure the water is connected when you move in.

Electricity Company Tips

The electricity is typically the most expensive utility of all. A with water you need to request the disconnection from your old address and a new connection in your new home.

Use your move as an opportunity to check out other electric companies to see if there a better deal on the market and pay close attention the service contract terms. Check for the following:

  • YourkWh rate and whether your rate is fixed or variable. A difference of a few cents per kWhmakes a big difference to the bill.
  • Conduct a thorough search of electric service companies.

Once in your new home use energy efficient light bulbs, automatic timers and make a conscious effort to minimise your power usage by developing a habit of switching off power sources that are not being used.

Tech-Savvy Questionnaire

At first, choosing what type of electronic services you require can be appear like a hard task. There are very many providers and different packages offering them. Fortunately, through answering some quick questions on how tech-savvy you are, you would be capable of seeing precisely what services are good for you:

  1. How many times per day do you watch Hulu or Netflix?
  2. How many times do you utilize your gaming console for playing online?
  3. Do you intend to renew your subscription of online gaming?
  4. On your Smart television, how vital are the Apps?
  5. How often do you watch most of your television online?
  6. What is your take about Streaming Media Players?
  7. How frequently do you download music or videos online?
  8. What is the excellent way of watching television?
  9. How are you viewing your favorite blockbuster film that just came from the stores?
  10. Do you often stream films from your smart phone to your television?
Do satellite TV providers offer internet?

Many satellite offer their own internet service as part of a bundle, which is a great way to save money.

Does bundling TV and internet with the same company save money?

Yes. Companies often offer a substantial discount on both services if you buy a package.

What packages are available for TV?

The choice is whether to pay a premium for an expanded channel selection with satellite or to save money and go with traditional cable.

What internet options are available?

Depending on what speed you desire, most areas offer everything from dial-up to broadband/fibre connections, with higher speed demanding higher costs.

How do a modem and router differ?

A modem provides the internet connection to your ISP, while the router splits the signal and often provides wifi to multiple devices in your house.