An EAN code is a unique combination of figures used to identify an object on the basis of a European system ('EAN' stands for 'European Article Numbering').
When you go shopping, you can see these figures in the bar code. This means that products can be identified without error.
EAN codes are also used to identify gas or electricity supply points. For this purpose they have 18 figures. In Brussels, the EAN codes for gas and electricity meters start with the figures 5414489. These codes must be given in all correspondence with your energy supplier or network operator.
There is a unique, 18-figure EAN code for each supply point and for each form of energy. So if you are a customer for electricity and for natural gas, you will have two EAN codes. To find out your codes, simply consult your energy bill or call Sibelga.
The EAN code is not the same as the meter number: the EAN code identifies a supply point, whereas the meter number identifies an appliance, i.e. the meter.
A new meter has a different number than the one it replaces. However, the EAN code does not change, given that the supply point remains the same. The EAN code can only change if the gas or electricity installation is completely renewed. In that case, Sibelga will give you the new number.
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