How to Read Your Bill
When you pay your utility bill, do you know exactly what goes into your bill? Probably not.Understanding the charges on your utility bill is a good way to check for errors and can help you monitor your exact energy usage as well as the gas and electricity prices you are paying.
Explanation of gas and electricity Bill
Account summary, which contains a summary of your electricity charges. Some retailers refer to this information as your payment summary. It is usually contained in a table in the top half of the front page. It can include: the amount you owe, amounts you have recently paid, overdue amounts, adjustments, discounts and rebates.
Tariffs are the rates used to calculate your utility costs. Sometimes tariffs are mentioned in a table on the back page of the bill.
Unit charges (e.g. peak and off-peak tariffs, evening and weekend tariffs) are consumption charges, which are charged per kWh. This tariff applies to how much electricity you used in the billing period.
Standing charges are supply charges or service charges per day.
MPR stands for Meter point Reference. You will get this number on your gas bill and consists of one long number with up to 10 digits. It may be located somewhere at the top or bottom of the bill. The number does not contain any letters.
MPAN stands for Metering Point Administration Number. It provides a unique identity reference number for your electricity meter. It is contained numbers in a series of 7 small boxes with a capital S in front.