When you switch energy suppliers or move home, you may need to know your MPAN and MPRN numbers. We look at what they are and how to find them.
Energy meter numbers – either an MPAN or MPRN number – are unique reference numbers which identify your property’s gas and electricity suppliers.
It’s worth knowing what these numbers are and how to find them if you’re thinking about switching energy suppliers. You may also be required to give your MPAN and MPRN number if you’re moving home, in addition to supplying a meter reading.
Here we’ll look at what MPAN and MPRN numbers are for, and how you can locate them if you need to.
What is my MPAN number?
MPAN stands for meter point administration number. It’s linked to your electricity supply. It’s sometimes given other names, such as:
- Electricity Supply Number
- S Number
You’ll find it on your electricity bill, but not on the meter itself. It’s worth noting that it’s not the same as your customer reference number, but rather a unique identifier for your property.
Your chosen supplier needs to know this if you move home to ensure they’re taking over the supply for the correct property. When you move in, you may have a letter or bill addressed to ‘the occupier’ where you can find it.
Here’s an example of what your MPAN number should look like:
What is my MPRN number?
MPRN stands for meter point reference number, and is a unique number linked to your gas meter. It’s also sometimes known as an M number.
Again, it’s a different number to your customer reference number. You should be able to find it on your bill if your supplier included it.
Look for a row of numbers, typically prefaced with an M, like the below example MPRN:
Where can I find my MPAN electric number?
The good news is that your MPAN number is displayed on your electricity bill. It’s a 21-digit number broken down into separate segments like Profile Class and Distribution ID. If you haven’t got a copy of a recent bill then you can still find out your MPAN number by contacting your supplier.
Not everybody knows who supplies their energy, particularly if you’ve just moved into a new property. If you’re not sure, you can find out who supplies your gas and electricity here, in addition to their contact details.
Where can I find my MPRN number?
Just like the MPAN number, your MPRN number will be displayed on your latest gas bill. It’s between six and 10 digits long and will be in a slightly different position depending on your supplier, but always labelled ‘Meter Point Reference’.
If you haven’t got a bill handy, you can call your supplier and ask them what your MPRN number is. Again, if you’re not sure who supplies your gas, you can find your supplier here.
Alternatively, you can call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524. Give them your postcode and the first line of your address and they’ll provide the name of your supplier and your MPRN.
Knowledge is power
And knowledge about power suppliers is money in the bank. Once you’ve got your MPAN and MPRN numbers and you know who your supplier is, you can start making sure you’re on the best possible tariff for you.
If you haven’t switched for a long time or have moved house, it’s likely you’ll be languishing on your supplier’s standard variable rate (SVR), which is traditionally the least competitive tariff. And while most households are on the SVR while the energy price cap has been in place, fixed-price energy deals have started to become available again recently. Find out is it worth fixing your energy?.
It may also be worth getting a smart meter if you want to keep closer tabs on your energy usage.
How to pay less for your energy
If you’re moving home or switching supplier, it’s a good time to get into money saving habits. Check out our energy saving tips for some useful household ideas.
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