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A Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) is a unique 11 digit number used to idenitfy your address. It is used by all suppliers to check the incoming supply details for individual premises. Your MPRN can be found at the top of your electricity  bill from your electricity supplier. The MPRN is unique to individual premises and will never change. 
There is a two-monthly cycle for meter reading i.e. 6 readings per year. We endeavour to get four actual readings per year taken by an ESB Networks' representative who calls to your home. The other two readings are estimates based on your previous usage patterns.
If you are not at home when the Meter Reader calls, the Meter Reader will leave a card in your letterbox inviting you to send in the reading yourself. If you submit a reading within 24 hours of receiving a card, it can be used by your Electricity Supplier to calculate your next bill. Otherwise an estimated reading will be used.  To find out more go to Submit a Meter Reading.
Reading a meter is like reading the mileage indicator on a car. To find out more go to  How to Read Your Meter.