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Guide

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.

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Our expert says

Despite sky-high living costs, there are ways to reduce your bills and cut spending on gas and electricity.

Though energy prices have finally started to fall, bills are still double what they were three years ago. 1 in 10 households are in arrears on their electricity bills, while 1 in 5 are in arrears on gas bills.

While the government’s €450 electricity credit is a welcome help, soaring inflation will force many to choose between heating or eating this winter.

It’s more important than ever to get the best possible price for your gas and electricity. A typical household could save €779 by switching to a cheaper tariff and availing of an introductory discount.

The good news is there’s even bigger discounts on the table this year, up to 20% compared to around 10% last year.

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, pay by direct debit, choose paperless billing if you can, and turn down your thermostat a notch to save up to 10% on your annual bill.

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, consider reducing your energy use to save money or visit SEAI.ie for more information about improving your home’s energy efficiency.

Eoin Clarke

Eoin Clarke

Cheapest Electricity Prices in Ireland

Compare electricity prices in Ireland & switch to a cheaper deal that could save you up to €511

Supplier Plan Name Annual Cost
Energia Standard Electricity 37%(DD & eBill) €1,244
Bord Gáis Energy Electricity Discount 33% (DD & eBill) €1,249
Yuno Energy 1 Year Fixed Electricity (Card Bill & eBill) €1,259
SSE Airtricity 1 Year Fixed Electricity (DD & eBill) €1,273
Bord Gáis Energy Electricity Discount 30% (DD & eBill) €1,295

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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 07/06/2024.

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Energy roundup

SSE Airtricity cut gas and electricity rates by 10%

29/05/2024: SSE Airtricity has announced a cut in its standard household electricity and gas prices, as of 1 July 2024.

Today’s announcement will see a 10% decrease in the standard unit rate for electricity and a 10% decrease in the standard unit rate for gas. The rate decrease will see a typical dual fuel customer save €254 (including VAT) per year.

All domestic electricity and gas customers on variable rates in the Republic of Ireland will have the reduced rate automatically applied to their bills from 1 July 2024.

Rise in carbon tax adds €17 more to annual bills

1/05/2024: From 1 May, the carbon tax is rising by around €17 per year and will now total around €122 (inc. VAT) for the average Irish household.

The carbon tax is intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and is based on the amount of carbon dioxide a fuel emits when used. Therefore, households using heating oil, coal, and gas to heat their homes pay the levy.

Gas suppliers in Ireland are obliged to add the charge to all customers’ bills.

Solar panels can save homeowners over €24,000 survey reveals

19/03/2024: New research by The Irish Independent Syft Energy Solar PV Index shows that a standard 12-panel system takes just seven years to pay for itself - nearly half the time it took in 2021.

Higher energy costs and removing VAT on installation have accelerated the payback period for solar panel installation, meaning savings can be achieved more quickly.

Chief executive of Swyft Energy, Adrian Casey, said: “The figures show that, on average, Irish householders could make net savings of €24,327 over the next 25 years by installing solar PV (photovoltaic) panels now”.

Any unused electricity can be sold back to the grid by signing up to a microgeneration scheme and installing a solar battery can provide homeowners with even more money-saving opportunities.

Ireland still the most expensive country in EU for electricity

08/03/2024: Ireland still has the highest electricity prices in the EU, according to the Household Energy Price Index for February 2024.

Despite energy prices falling by 3% since last year, prices here are around 66% - or €700 a year more - than those in the EU.

The unit rate of electricity in Ireland is 41.35c per kilowatt hour (kWh), compared with the EU average of 24.84c kWh.

PrepayPower and Pinergy announce price cuts

26/02/2024: PrepayPower and renewable electricity supplier Pinergy are set to reduce rates from 1 April.

PrepayPower is dropping its electricity unit rates and standing charges by 6.7% and gas by 6.6%, which means an average saving of €136 on electricity bills and €111 on gas bills.

Pinergy is set to decrease its standard electricity rates by 8.4%, leading to an average saving of €183 per year.

The latest announcements follow a raft of price drops from other major suppliers as the cost of wholesale energy continues to fall.

1 in 5 households in arrears on gas bills

20/02/2024: New figures from the CRU show that 1 in 5 are in arrears on their gas bills, while 1 in 10 are behind on electricity payments.

Though there’s been a slight drop in electricity and gas arrears in Dec 2023 vs Sept 2023, 244,000 (11%) of households are still behind on electricity payments while 153,000 (22%) are behind on their gas bills.

In December, households received a €150 electricity credit, which may have helped reduce the number of missed payments. The higher proportion of those in gas arrears could be due to the lack of a gas credit.

Yuno Energy to cut rates for third time since launch

19/02/2024: Yuno Energy has announced a price cut for the third time since August and is now offering the cheapest electricity unit rate on the market.

Yuno Energy has reduced its unit rate for new customers by 4.6%, making the new unit rate 26.13 cents per kWh. The price is fixed for 12 months and will not change regardless of what happens in wholesale markets.

From 19 February the total annual cost for a typical customer will be €1,362 per year, which is almost €500 cheaper than the average standard rates from other suppliers.

The supplier is also decreasing its standard rate by 8.5% from 1 April, which will make it the cheapest standard rate tariff in the market.

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.

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KwH

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.

Standing charge

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.

EAB

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.