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Understanding Your Bill

We want to make sure you understand your bill clearly and are comfortable with how it's laid out. This guide will explain all the elements of your bill and answer some common questions.

Small Bill
Bills for General Purpose price plans

Bill frequency

If you have an electricity meter that's read manually, you'll receive your bill every two months. If you have a quarter hourly meter, where your meter readings are registered automatically, you'll receive your bills monthly.

Estimated bills

If you have an electricity meter that's read manually, your bills will be based on a combination of estimates and actual meter readings provided by ESB Networks. ESB Networks aim to read all meters 4 times a year so other readings will be estimates. Learn more about submitting a meter read to prevent estimated bills.

What different parts of your bill mean

Open the bill below and click on any of the numbers to view a description of what each item on your electricity bill means.

Open Bill

  • 1
    1. Supply voltage

    The voltage supplied. LV stands for low voltage.

  • 2
    2. MIC

    Your MIC (Maximum Import Capacity) is your level of electrical capacity. It represents the maximum load you're allowed to take in from the electricity network for use in your premises.

  • 3
    3. MPRN

    The MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) is unique to your premises and identifies your meter connection to the network.

  • 4
    4. DG

    DG (Distribution Group) is an industry code that identifies the type of connection your premises has to the electricity network.

  • 5
    5. MC

    MC (Meter Configuration) is an industry code that identifies your meter type.

  • 6
    6. Profile

    Profile is an industry code that classifies your business by usage pattern.

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    7. Meter

    Your meter number.

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    8. Register

    Depending on your meter type, this states the type of unit(s) being measured eg. 24hr, day or night.

  • 9
    9. Multiplier

    The multiplier is generally 1, but for some customers who use larger amounts of electricity, the meter measures a percentage of usage and the multiplier recalculates your usage to one hundred percent.

  • 10
    10. Standing charge

    The standing charge goes towards maintaining the country's electricity infrastructure, and is a fixed daily charge.

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    11. Non energy units

    These are charged by third parties including ESB Networks, Eirgrid and the Single Electricity Market Operator and may vary during your contract. There are 4 types of non-energy charges depending on your meter type. The 4 meter types are 24hr, nightstorage, day & night, and nightsaver.

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    12. Energy units

    Your energy usage, based on a cost per kWh. Energy charges also vary by meter type.

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    13. Block 1, 2

    Consumption of up to 131 kWh per day is charged at a block 1 rate, while consumption in excess of this is charged at a block 2 rate.

  • 14
    14. Section 58 electricity tax

    The electricity tax was introduced in 2008 and is levied on all electricity supplied to businesses on a per MWh basis. It's subject to change each year.

  • 15
    15. PSO Levy

    The PSO (Public Service Obligation) Levy relates to the recovery of costs associated with meeting the obligation to purchase electricity generated from sustainable, renewable and indigenous sources. It's subject to change each year.

Still have a question on your electricity bill?
  • I've misplaced my last bill. How do I get another copy?
  • Why not login or register for an online account where you can view your bills easily whenever you want. Alternatively, just give us a call on 01 611 01 66 or 1850 405 804.
  • I would like to understand how my bill is calculated.
  • For more information on how your bill is calculated visit our help and questions.
  • I have a query on my bill.
  • If your question isn't answered on this page, please try our main small business help and questions section.
Small Bill
Bills for SBU & MBU price plans

Bill frequency

If you're a Small Business User (SBU), you'll receive your bill every two months. If you're a Medium Business User (MBU), you'll receive your bill monthly.

Estimated bills

Your meter is read manually four times a year so other bills will be estimates.

Your bills will be based on a combination of estimates and actual meter readings provided by Gas Networks Ireland. Gas Networks Ireland aim to read all meters four times a year so other bills will be estimates. However if they can't get access to your meter, your bill will be based on an estimate. Find out how to submit a meter reading.

What different parts of your bill mean

Open the bill below and click on any of the numbers to view a description of what each item on your gas bill means.

Open Bill

  • 1
    1. Meter No

    Your meter number

  • 2
    2. Meter Readings

    Meter readings are provided by Gas Networks Ireland. If there is no letter beside your meter reading then it is an actual read which has been taken by Gas Networks Ireland.

    The other reading types are as follows:

    • A: Amended reading
    • C: Reading taken by customer
    • E: Estimated reading
  • 3
    3. Units

    This is the number of units, in cubic metres or hundred cubic feet, which you are being billed for.

  • 4
    4. Conversion Factor

    The Conversion Factor converts the volume consumed into kWh. This figure is supplied each month by Gas Networks Ireland.

  • 5
    5. kWh

    Kilowatt hours, the basic unit of gas consumption.

  • 6
    6. Gas used

    The number of kWh that you are being billed for.

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    7. GPRN

    The GPRN (Gas Point Reference Number) is unique to your premises and identifies your meter connection to the gas network.

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    8. AC Band

    The Annual Consumption (AC) Band is a letter associated with your estimated annual gas usage. The bands are as follows:

    • A: Less than 6,000kWh
    • B: 6,000kWh to 23,500kWh
    • C: 23,500kWh to 73,000kWh
    • X: 73,000kWh to 750MWh
    • Y: 750MWh to 5,500MWh
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    9. Standing charge

    The standing charge goes towards maintaining the country's gas infrastructure, and is a fixed daily charge.

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    10. Site charge

    The site charge covers the cost of reserving space on the network for your gas and is for MBU customers only.

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    11. Carbon tax

    The Carbon Tax was introduced in the 2010 Budget and is applied to all sources of CO2 emissions. It's subject to change each year.

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    12. Bank Giro

    We include a bank giro on your bill in case you need to make an additional payment outside your direct debit.

Still have a question on your gas bill?
  • I've misplaced my last bill. How do I get another copy?
  • Why not login or register for an online account where you can view your bills easily whenever you want. Alternatively, just give us a call on 01 611 01 66 or 1850 405 804.
  • I would like to understand how my bill is calculated.
  • For more information on how your bill is calculated visit our help and questions.
  • I have a query on my bill.
  • If your question isn't answered on this page, please try our main small business help and questions section.
 
Or call us on 01 611 01 66 or 1850 405 804

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