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Electricity & Gas in Manchester, Greater Manchester in 2021

Let's find out a bit about Manchester

Last updated: June 2021.

Manchester is located in Greater Manchester in the Center of the UK. It's the 2nd biggest city in North West and the 6th in the country. Home to 507,965 inhabitants, Manchester can rely on majority providers Electricity North West for electricity, and Cadent Gas for gas.

Energy in your Manchester district

All the above information varies from one neighborhood to the over. The following pages give you specific information on your energy supply in your very own district of Manchester.

What you need to know about your gas & electricity distribution network operators in Manchester

In Manchester the gas operator and the electricity operator (DNO) are different. There is a table below with all the information you will need in order to know who distributes the energy in your area.

Manchester Distribution Network Operator Manchester Gas Operator
Electricity North West Cadent Gas

Electricity North West can also be visited online here. As for Cadent Gas, they can be found here .

What should I do if I experience a power cut in Manchester?

If you are unfortunate enough to be experiencing a power cut in Manchester there are few things to remember. The first step is to check whether it is just in your house or the neighborhood. If your fuse box has tripped, you should be able to notice which switch has gone and flick it back on. If this doesn’t work, it is likely that there is a power cut in Manchester or maybe even Greater Manchester. If the power cut is in your area you can call your Distribution Network Operator at 0800 195 4141 and let them know. For your information, In Manchester, your local DNO is Electricity North West. Once they have been warned or once they find out, they will send off a team to help resolve the issue. This shouldn’t take too long, but obviously that depends on the cause of the power cut. Try to keep a flashlight and some candles in your house just in case, they might come in handy!

What are the numbers of the energy distributors in Manchester

By contacting distributors' non-emergency numbers, Mancunians can inquire about all information related to their electricity or gas distribution, such as: * Power cuts * safety * Connections * Education * Careers * Innovations

Distributor Telephone number Number opening hours
Greater Manchester Electricity North West Emergency Number 105 24/7
Greater Manchester Electricity North West Non-Emergency Number 0800 195 4141 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Greater Manchester Cadent Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 999 24/7
Greater Manchester Cadent Gas Non-Emergency Number 0345 835 1111 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Questions on energy in Greater Manchester

Do all energy suppliers in Greater Manchester provide smart meters?

There are several advantages to choosing a green energy tariff. Many suppliers over these tariffs, so you may be wondering why you should consider one. Here are the three main reasons why:

  • Inexhaustible energy source
  • Carbon neutral, no harmful emissions
  • Helps generates new jobs

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Is switching energy providers in Manchester free?

In order to make savings that will reduce your energy bills, the first place to start is by making some house renovations. Did you know that your roof can cause more than 30% of heat loss. Therefore it is recommended to re-insulate your attic, or change your windows to reduce or even stop any heat loss. Another way to make savings is to change your heating system to a gas boiler. It is also important to note that there are some government grants, which can help fund your renovations or installations, so it is worth doing some research on governemnt energy grants . Another important option to consider is to change energy suppliers. Here at Switch Plan we can find the right supplier and tariff for you depending on your energy requirements and then deal with the switch for you. It's truly hassle free!

Energy providers in Manchester

Who are the most popular energy suppliers in Manchester?

The most popular energy provider in North West is British Gas, and indeed in most of Greater Manchester notably in the county's biggest cities such as Manchester, Bolton and Oldham. However just because British Gas is the main provider in Manchester, does not mean that they are the most suitable supplier for you given your requirements. It is important to remember that you are free to change supplier at any time and if you have been supplied energy by British Gas for a long time now, it is likely that you are overpaying. Comparing energy plans and providers can help you make some considerable savings on your energy bills. At Switch Plan our experts can help you find a better deal by switching providers and as a Mancunian you could save up to £400 pounds by switching with us. It is completely free and just takes a quick phone call to get started. tens of thousands of households in Manchester are able to switch from one energy plan to a cheaper one in order to start to make impactful savings.

To discover the tariffs of some of the main suppliers in Manchester, visit our dedicated pages by clicking on the links bellow:

Energy usage in Manchester

What energy sources are used to power properties in Manchester?

In Manchester there are on average 2.47 people living in 205,449 households. Below you will be able to see the percentage of households that are powered by electricity, gas and oil.

Total Manchester households 205,449 100%
Electric central heating 64455 31.37%
Gas central heating 124881 60.78%
Oil central heating 0 0.00%
No central heating 16114 7.84%

How to get an energy supply for your home in Manchester?

Are you living in Manchester? Manchester is the 6th largest city in the UK, with 205,449 properties. Each property has an average of 2.47 Mancunians residing in it. With 507,965 residents in Manchester.

Moving to your new house in Manchester is the perfect time to switch energy suppliers. With all the paperwork and admin you are already having to complete, why not add one more easy task into the mix. We aren't lying when we say it's easy. In fact, it's more often than not very necessary as well. A new property has different energy requirements, since it might be a different size in meters squared, it might have a different number of rooms, and perhaps even come with solar panels. These are all reasons that you will need to shop around for a new energy plan.

It’s definitely worth looking for a new supplier, when setting up your energy supply in Manchester. Starting on a new energy plan means you will get a great deal. Besides, you usually can't transfer your energy plan from one property to another.

Remember, moving to a new energy plan, whether it's in a new property or the same one, might involve exit fees. It's important to be aware of this so you aren't surprised by any unforeseen charges! Read our guide on how to compare energy plans to avoid any unpleasant surprise.

Places to contact before moving to Greater Manchester

Before moving to your new home, or even if you have already moved, don’t forget to contact the following local places to inform them of your move and change of address. You don’t want all your mail being sent to your old address.

  • Broadband and phone providers
  • Bank
  • DVLA to change the address on your driving license.
  • Energy suppliers
  • TV licensing authority
  • Local council and electoral roll

It is also a good idea to get your mail forwarded to your new address. To do this, you can visit your local post office and ask them to forward your post to your new address in Greater Manchester.

Key phone numbers for Manchester

Once you have moved to Manchester, you will not be familiar with the local important phone numbers. Below you will find a list of some numbers and addresses that may be useful for you. Make sure to keep this list somewhere where you will remember it in your new home. In case of an emergency these numbers are always good to have close at hand.

Service Name Address Contact Website
Water Services United Utilities Haweswater House, Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 3LP Phone: +44 (0)345 672 2999
Fax: +44(0)1925 237 073
Phone: http://www.unitedutilities.com/
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Advice before transferring your energy provider in Manchester

On the off chance that you are deciding to stay with the same supplier as you had in your previous household, it is important to give them a call to warn them that you are changing address to somewhere in Manchester. However before making a final choice the energy experts at Switch Plan recommend that you give a quick call to 0330 054 0018to discuss your options.

If you still want to carry over your energy supplier to your new property, you may find out that it is actually not an option. Not all tariffs will be transferable from your old city to Manchester. This is why it’s a great time to consider switching suppliers. Additionally, each property has different energy requirements, depending on how many people are living in it, the amount of rooms and more. Therefore if you chose to transfer over your supplier you may end up losing money. If you still want to transfer over your energy supply, before doing so be sure to check the following: * What fuels your new home in Manchester runs on and whether you can get a dual fuel tariff and discount. * If the energy meter in your new home works with your old tariff. *If your tariff is available in Greater Manchester.

Once you have checked all of this you can contact your energy supplier in Manchester and they will manage the change of address for you. Ensure you have your new postcode and address ready so they can update your information and provide energy to your new address.

Connecting to Manchester’s grid

It is likely that your new home in Manchester is already connected to the grid and has an energy supply. However, if for some reason it does not, for example if it is a newly built property, you will need to make sure it has a connection to the grid .

  • Call the NGET (National Grid Energy Transmission) at 0800 688 588 to arrange a pre-application meeting. This meeting covers everything needed to arrange the grid connection. This will be about all the work that will need to be done, the time it will take and the cost.
  • The application forms for the ESO (Electricity Systems Operator). There will be an admin cost when submitting them.
  • A team will visit your residence to offer you a quote.
  • The grid connection works.

Ensure that you plan this ahead of time, as the process of connecting to the grid in Manchester can take some time. You surely don’t want to move to your new home before having set up this connection.

Moving to Manchester? Here's how Switch Plan can help

If you are moving to Manchester you will need to sort out your new energy supply as well as cancel the one you are currently on. There is the possibility to transfer it over but energy experts do not recommend this. Follow the steps below for settling your energy bills and setting up your new contracts.

  • Inform your current supplier of the day you are moving house. Forgotten your supplier name, visit the Ofgem website or call Manchester’s distribution network operator, Electricity North West at 0800 195 4141.
  • Meter reading of your current house, right before moving
  • Once at your new property, take a meter reading
  • Consider what factors are important to you when it comes to the energy supply in your new home.

We at Switch Plan are here to help you when moving to Greater Manchester. We will deal with the switch to your new energy suppliers and it is completely a free service. All it takes is one 10 minute phone call with us and we can help you make significant savings on your new energy bills. Just inform us of what you are looking for in a supplier and tariff and we will advise you on the best options available specifically for you and your new property. Get in touch with us on the following number 0330 054 0018.

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