When you switch suppliers, your new supplier is responsible for taking readings from you and getting them independently checked or 'validated'. Gas and electricity readings are validated by separate, independent companies. See our guide to the Opening Read Validation Process for more information.
If you don't give an opening reading to your new supplier, or the reading you gave doesn't seem right, the validation company will create an estimated reading. Whether it's your reading or an estimate, the important thing about this process is that the same reading will be given to both old and new suppliers, so that you are never charged twice for any energy.
Estimates are based on your meter's previous readings and previous usage. Sometimes estimates aren't accurate, especially if few readings have been submitted for your meter in the past, or if you've not lived in the property for very long. If you disagree with an estimated opening reading, we can (in many cases) get this changed for you by 'disputing' the estimate. Please read how to dispute a reading below.
The estimate we've used has been given to us by your new supplier's validation company. If you disagree with this, it's often best to ask your new supplier about this first as they will be handling your switch. However, we can 'dispute' the estimate too to get it changed for you. Please read how to dispute a reading below.
For So Energy to dispute an estimated opening or closing reading, please contact us with the following:
Disputing readings can be a lengthy process, often taking 6 weeks or more. This time frame means there may be a delay to your first or final statements. We'll be in contact to let you know as soon as the dispute process has finished.
Whether you're switching to us or away from us, either supplier involved in the switch can dispute the reading being used. If another supplier disputes your reading with us, we will get in touch to let you know what will happen next.
Once an opening/closing reading has been agreed and changed with both suppliers, we will need to reissue any statements that used incorrect readings.