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Canceling your electricity contract while moving: – How to keep your energy budget flexible and stress-free

Moving house is an exciting time, including the anticipation of new adventures.

But before you can fully immerse yourself in your new home, there are a few organizational matters to take care of.

Ideally, you should create a practical moving checklist in advance so you don’t forget anything.

A question that worries many people before moving is: “Do I have to notify my electricity provider that I’m moving before I can cancel my contract?”

In this article, you’ll learn why it’s important to keep track of your electricity contract when you’re on the go and how you can make the rest of the process easier.

Relocation and electricity contract: Cancel in good time for a smooth switch

Besides anticipation, a move brings with it a lot of changes.

To ensure that bureaucratic hassles do not spoil this fun, it is also important to think about canceling your electricity contract if you no longer want to remain with your provider or if they will no longer be able to supply you in the future.

Canceling your electricity contract when you are about to move is an essential step to avoid financial surprises and ensure a smooth switch.

Relocation: Cancellation of electricity or continued supply

If your supplier wishes to continue supplying you with electricity at your new address, you have 2 weeks from receipt of your cancellation notice to submit a new supply proposal. And at the price you have been paying till now.

If he does not make you an offer, he must confirm the cancellation to you (Section 41b Paragraph 1 EnWG).

There are also electricity providers that allow you to cancel your contract if you move house. This is noted by the General Terms and Conditions.

For this reason alone, you should keep an eye on your electricity contract when moving house and take care of re-registration or cancellation promptly.

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Relocation: Cancelling your electricity provider

If you want to cancel your electricity provider due to relocation then you can know here what steps you need to take:

1. Inform in good time

Before you get stressed about moving, contact your electricity provider. Inform them of your upcoming move and clarify what steps are necessary for the cancellation or whether they can reliably supply you with the same conditions in your new home.

2. Check the contract

If you have your electricity contract, check the contract terms, duration, and cancellation period.

You have the option to end the contract with notice or, in some circumstances, you can exercise your exclusive right of termination. For example, if you move abroad because your previous provider cannot provide you with care at your new address.

3. Deregister electricity before moving

Don’t forget to de-register your electricity properly at your old place of residence. This not only prevents double costs but also potential problems for the next tenant or owner.

Read the electricity meter on the day the flat is handed over and inform your energy supplier about the data.

4. Relocation abroad

Are you planning an international move? The rules for canceling your electricity contract may vary, as we explained in point 2.

Explain to your provider ahead of time what steps you need to take to ensure a smooth move abroad.

5. Relocation to Berlin and other German cities

If you move to your home town, it is often not necessary to cancel your electricity contract because your supplier can continue to supply you with electricity.

Still, it makes sense to check if you can take advantage of more favorable tariffs in the future. If your provider doesn’t give you an unsolicited offer, ask for one of your own.

Alternatively, use electricity calculators on the Internet to compare tariffs and find the one that is most convenient for you.

Register electricity

Of course, you’ll need electricity when you move into your new home. And it will flow.

You decide where it comes from.

You must change or register your electricity at least 6 weeks before you move. You can do this easily online or by telephone with your chosen provider.

If you do not agree to a contract, you will be subject to a basic supply contract at your new address, which is often more expensive.

If you decide to favor another energy supplier after transferring, they will often also take care of canceling your contract with the original supplier.


Your move should be as comfortable as possible. That’s why at Schwalbe Removals we’re happy to support you in making the process as smooth as possible.

Canceling your electricity contract early is an important step to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Keep track of your contracts. Learn the necessary steps and begin your new chapter with the certainty that all organizational details have been clarified.

We wish you a stress-free move and an energizing time in your new home.