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Your complete guide to gas & electricity in Ireland
Here’s how to make sense of the energy market, find the best gas and electricity prices, save energy and cut bills.
- Part 1 Ireland’s energy market
- Part 2 Types of plans and tariffs
- Part 3 Compare gas & electricity prices
- Part 4 How to switch your supplier
- Part 5 Save energy and cut bills
Our expert says
Despite spiralling living costs, there are ways to reduce your bills and cut spending on gas and electricity.
The rise in energy and food prices has left many to choose between heating or eating over the last year. However, you can still save money when you switch to a cheaper tariff and avail of their introductory discount.
To make your search easier, use a comparison website accredited by the CRU and have all your details, like the name of your energy provider, tariff and energy usage to hand.
Are there other ways to cut bills?
For further savings, a dual fuel tariff could be cheaper and simpler to manage if you use both gas and electricity. Opt to pay by direct debit and choose paperless billing if you can.
If you have a smart meter installed, consider a Smart plan or Time of Use (ToU) tariff, which helps you control usage and enjoy lower unit prices at certain times of the day or week.
If you’re not yet ready to switch your provider, improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy use to save money.
Cheapest Electricity Prices in Ireland
Compare electricity prices in Ireland & switch to a cheaper deal that could save you up to €222
|Supplier||Plan Name||Annual Cost|
|Flogas||Fixed Rate Electricity 1yr (DD & eBill)||€1,801|
|SSE Airtricity||1 Year Home Electricity 15 (DD & eBill)||€1,866|
|Electric Ireland||ValueSaver (DD & eBill)||€1,923|
|Electric Ireland||Green Electricity (DD & eBill)||€1,932|
|Electric Ireland||ValueSaver (DD & Paper Bill)||€1,932|
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Savings message is per year, compared to the typical standard electricity tariff, and based on the national average consumption. According to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), the average Irish household uses 4,200 kW/h of electricity per year. Calculation based on Urban 24 electricity tariff. Costs include 9% VAT, annual cost includes standing charge and PSO levy.
The electricity comparison prices are for new customers only. At Switcher.ie, whether you are looking for the cheapest electricity price, discounted saving, or best fixed or variable rates we compare electricity plans from all Irish electricity suppliers to find the best deal for you. Last updated on 10/03/2023.
Government approves windfall tax on energy companies
22 March 2023: The government has approved a new windfall tax on energy companies, which could make earnings of up to €600m.
The bill will be enacted before the summer recess, with the first funds collected by this September. The tax is split into two parts: a cap on market revenue, and a temporary contribution, based on profits in the fossil fuel sector.
Minister for the environment, Eamon Ryan, said proceeds from the cap on revenue will be used to lower electricity prices for customers, while money from the temporary contribution will be used in variety of others ways; to be decided during this year’s budget.
9% VAT on gas & electricity to stay
21 February 2023: Customers will keep paying less VAT on their gas and electricity. The current rate of 9% was due to increase at the end of February, but has been extended as part of the government’s new Cost of Living Package. An additional credit of €200 toward energy bills won’t be provided as part of this package, but will be considered for the next budget.
Pinergy first to announce energy price drop
February 2023: Pinergy are the first provider to reduce their energy tariffs in response to the fall in wholesale prices. An average household will enjoy a 7.1% decrease in energy costs which is equivalent to €183 annually (including VAT).
The new standard rates and standing charges will be effective from 31 March 2023.
Households to get PSO credit until September
09 February 2023: Irish households will enjoy a rare credit of €12.74 per month, due to a negative PSO Levy. The refund will be paid from March, and credited to customer’s bills by suppliers.
High gas prices means more revenue for renewable energy. The PSO levy, which is charged to customers to offset the cost of generating renewable energy, is now negative due to the high price wholesale energy.
Prepayment customers will receive the payment by a reduction in their daily standing charge.
Households owed €50 credit from ESB
31 January 2023: All households could be set to receive €50 credit on their ESB bill, after being overcharged for twelve years.
Customers unknowingly paid higher bills in a scheme designed to help big businesses pay off €50 million in network tariffs, after the last financial crash.
Residential payers were overcharged for the ‘Large Energy User’ rebalancing scheme since 2009, but the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) said they still need to confirm the exact amount.
Energy price hikes lead to a huge rise in complaints to the CRU
17 January 2022: Billing issues and slow customer services topped the list of customer complaints to the energy regulator, Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) in the third quarter of 2022.
With complaints up by 133%, the surge in unhappy customers has been triggered by unprecedented price rises, as suppliers struggle with high call volumes and account issues caused by customers querying ‘catch-up bills’ and contract terms.
Flogas offer first fixed-price energy deal for 3 years as gas prices plummet
10 January 2023: Flogas has launched the first fixed-price energy deal for three years as wholesale gas prices drop and hope returns to the energy market. Customers have been hit by massive hikes in gas and electricity bills over the last 2 years amid volatility in global markets.
This move by Flogas signals optimism that prices could slide further and other suppliers may offer similar fixed-rate deals in the coming weeks. Flogas is also offering €300 welcome credit for new dual-fuel plan customers and €150 welcome credit for new single fuel customers.
Five tips for an easy switch
Check when your existing plan ends to avoid exit fees
The best time to compare suppliers is when you’re coming to the end of your discount period. To benefit from lower prices, arrange for your energy switch to take place as soon as your current plan ends.
Use a comparison website to search and compare plans
Look for plans that offer you the biggest savings, and view plan info to check things like unit rates, standing charges and exit fees. Use the filters to narrow down your results and make comparisons easier.
Consider customer reviews and the experience of your friends and family, especially if registered for special or priority services.
Ensure your existing supplier, tariff and meter details are to hand
On our switching page, you’ll need to give these details, so have your information ready to speed up the process.
- your current supplier
- the name of your current plan
- the type of meter you have
- supply region
- how you pay your supplier.
For accurate results, provide your actual energy usage
To get the most accurate savings figures, find out how much gas and electricity you use per year and how much you’re paying. The results will show the estimated annual bill (EAB) and the amount you could save by switching.
You should be able to get your annual kWh usage from your online account or past bills. If you don’t have the information to hand, you can simply use the national average to gauge price and savings.
Be ready to supply bank details and meter numbers to complete your switch
Once you’ve picked your new supplier, you’ll need to provide some more details to complete the switch, like your address and bank details to set up a direct debit. Energy providers usually offer an extra discount if you pay by direct debit.
You’ll also need your meter point reference number (MPRN) and gas point reference number (GPRN), which you can find on your bill.
Switcher.ie is accredited by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities as an impartial, accurate and independent supplier of energy price comparisons.
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) assists energy customers by providing information and resolving complaints. Find more information at cru.ie.
A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the standard measurement for electricity and gas. It’s the energy you’d use if you kept a 1,000-watt appliance running for an hour. It’s also referred to as a unit.
The standing charge is a fixed amount added to your tariff to cover a supplier’s maintenance and administration costs. The charge remains the same regardless of your energy use.
The Estimated Annual Bill (EAB) estimates the average household energy cost for a year and includes VAT and other charges such as the standing charge and PSO Levy.
MPRN & GPRN
The Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) and Gas Point Reference Number (GPRN) is the unique number assigned to your electricity or gas connection. You’ll find it on your bill or online account.