What's the difference between a single phase and three phase electricity supply?

Three phase and single phase are electricity supplies and it’s the amount of power that is different. A single phase supply is smaller than a three phase supply. Most domestic houses with gas central heating need single phase and have this as standard. If you require two or more electricity meters then you need a three phase supply.

To be entirely sure if you need a three phase electricity supply, we recommend that you speak to a qualified electrician first who will be able to assess all the equipment you will be running and determine how much power you need. 

The best way to tell if a property has a three phase supply is by looking at the electrical fuse (sometimes called electricity supply, service head, cut out). Typically a single phase will have one fuse and a three phase will have three 100amp fuses.

Single phase electricity supply

Three phase electricity supply