What is an MPRN?
Before you can locate your MPRN, it’s important to know what it is and why it is important.
A Meter Point Reference Number (or MPRN) is a unique 11 digit number that is linked to your electricity connection and meter – it is used to identify your address that is supplied with electricity. It will never change and is unique to your home and meter, rather than yourself or your electricity supplier.
Why is the MPRN number important?
The MPRN is used to identify the exact location of a property’s connection to Ireland’s electricity network, and is therefore essential for when you may need to report any issues to ESB Networks.
You will need the MPRN if you wish to change supplier or are getting a first time electricity connection to new premises. The MPRN is unique to individual premises and will never change. In Ireland the first two digits of your MPRN are always 10.
What’s the difference between an MPRN number and a GPRN number?
An MPRN number indicates the location of your home’s connection to the electricity network, and a GPRN (Gas Point Reference Number) shows where your home is connected to the gas network. If you are switching a Dual Fuel deal you will need both the MPRN and GPRN numbers.
How to find my MPRN
The MPRN will be clearly displayed on the first page of your electricity bill or statement. If you can’t find a previous bill or have recently moved home or don’t have access to any bills, there are other ways to find out your MPRN number. For rental properties, try contacting the landlord. For purchased properties, try contacting the previous inhabitants. If the property is a new build and part of an estate, the builder should have the number.
If you still have trouble finding the MPRN numbers you can contact ESB Networks on 1800 372 757.
Switching to a better energy deal
If you are comparing deals and wish to switch electricity suppliers then you will need the MPRN number for the property. It’s a good idea to make a note of the MPRN, and GPRN if you also use gas, so they are at hand when switching to a better deal.