If you want cheaper gas and electricity bills, it’s good to know what the average energy consumption is and how your usage compares. Here’s how to check if you’re an average, low or high energy user.
According to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) the average Irish household uses 4,200 kW/h of electricity and 11,000 kW/h of gas per year.
These averages could apply to you if you’re living in a standard three-bedroom house, using both gas and electricity. There are other factors that may mean your usage is quite different though, such as:
If you’ve been on the same energy plan for over a year, you’ll be on the standard tariff, which means you’re paying a higher unit rate than you need to.
The examples below are based on the average annual consumption, and show the difference between the cost of a standard tariff and the current best deal:
The average annual electricity bill for a customer on a standard tariff would be €1,274, while a gas customer on a standard tariff would pay €989.
An average electricity user on the best deal in the market would pay €961, while a gas customer on the best deal would pay €792.
This amounts to a huge potential saving of up to €527 if you switch from a standard tariff to the cheapest deal on the market.
Our guide gives top tips on how to save energy and cut your gas & electricity costs.
If your household doesn’t match the average size household, this will affect how much energy you use. Check your energy utility bill to work out which of the following energy users you are:
You can use the infographic below to find out a bit more about each energy user group, and which is the best match for you.
If your energy consumption matches one of these user groups, you could use these values to compare energy deals and see how much you could potentially save.
However, to get an accurate result, you should use your actual annual consumption amounts which are shown on your energy bills, and then compare deals using our free gas and electricity comparison tool.
The process only takes a few minutes and our guide to switching gas and electricity can help get you started.