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What is the average gas and electricity bill in Ireland?

When looking at energy deals, people often wonder that the average electricity and gas bill is in Ireland. We’ve got all the info you need….

According to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), the average Irish household uses 11,000 kW/h of gas and 4,200 kW/h of electricity per year.

These averages are most likely to apply to people in a standard 3-bed house with both gas and electricity in the home. Your actual energy usage will differ depending on the size of your home and how many people live there, as well as other factors like whether the house is occupied during the day or not.

How much can the average energy user save by switching?

Using these averages, the annual bill size for an electricity customer on standard tariffs would be €1006.48, while a gas customer on standard tariffs would pay €780.80.

In contrast, an average electricity user on the best deal in the market would pay €819, while a gas customer on the best deal would pay €627.84.

This amounts to a huge potential saving of up to €342 for customers who switch from standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market.

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What if I don’t have the average electricity and gas consumption?

As we’ve already mentioned, not everyone will fall into the ‘average user’ bracket. So, we’ve identified three main energy user groups, depending on how much energy is used by the household in a year, as follows:

  • Low energy users. An average ‘low user’ uses 2,900 kWhs of electricity a year and 6,900 kWhs of gas a year;
  • Medium energy users. An average ‘medium user’ uses 4,200 kWhs of electricity a year and 11,000 kWhs of gas a year; and
  • High energy users. An average ‘high user’ uses 5,400 kWhs of electricity a year and 13,700 kWhs of gas a year.

More information on each energy user group - including household size, and details on when they typically use their energy - is contained in the infographic below.

Energy user groups

How do I figure how how much I can save on my energy bills?

As you can see from the above, electricity and gas consumption varies hugely from household to household. If you think you fit neatly into one of these groups, you could use these consumption values to compare energy deals and see how much you could potentially save.

However, the best way to get an accurate comparison is by using your actual annual energy consumption - which you can find on your energy bills - to compare deals using our free gas and electricity comparison tool.

The process only takes a few minutes, but if you need any help with it, our guide to switching gas and electricity is a good place to start.

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