Compare dual fuel tariffs
When considering different dual fuel energy suppliers, it's essential to look around for the best deals. Here's a quick guide to help you with the process.
Why choose a dual fuel tariff?
There are a few reasons why you might consider dual fuel tariffs and taking out a contract with just one energy supplier, rather than two.
Firstly, at the moment, the cheapest option for anyone with both gas and electricity is to switch to a dual fuel deal, so that’s a great reason to choose one of these deals.
A dual fuel deal can also be more convenient, because your gas and electricity bills will both come from the one supplier, meaning it’s easy to keep up to speed with what you need to pay. And, if something goes wrong - or you have any queries - you only need to contact one energy supplier, rather than two, to sort it out.
How do I compare dual fuel deals?
Comparing dual fuel deals is really simple. All you need to do is head to our gas and electricity comparison tool and enter some details about your current supplier, your energy usage and how you pay your bills.
You’ll then be presented with a list of the dual fuel offers available to you and you’ll be able to see the potential savings you can make by switching to each plan. Then you just need to choose the one that suits you best and fill in a few more details to complete your switch.
Cheapest dual fuel deals
|Panda Power||28% gas and electricity discount||€1,502||Compare now|
|Energia||Cheapest Dual Fuel 29/28||€1,591||Compare now|
|Panda Power||22% gas and electricity discount||€1,594||Compare now|
|SSE Airtricity||1 Year Dual Fuel 25/20 (DD & eBill)||€1,596||Compare now|
|Just Energy||Rate Saver - Fixed - 12 Month (DD & Online billing)||€1,627||Compare now|
These are the cheapest dual fuel tariffs available on the market at the moment, based on the national average consumption of gas and electricity - 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.
This table will give you some indication as to who’s cheapest, but you won’t know which is best for you, and how much you’ll pay, until you run a comparison based on your own consumption.
Things to consider when comparing prices
When you’re comparing dual fuel plans, as well as looking at the overall savings, you might want to think about:
- Methods of payment - i.e. does the supplier take payment via Direct Debit?
- Contract length - how long is the contract, and are there cancellation fees for cancelling before then?
- Rewards and benefits - some plans offer incentives or loyalty rewards which can be attractive, but make sure you look at the overall plan cost, too.
Does dual fuel always cost less money?
At the moment, the cheapest deal on the market for people who have both gas and electricity is a dual fuel deal, and if you’re currently on standard gas and electricity tariffs, you could save up to €378 by switching to this plan.
However, sometimes discounts on standalone gas and electricity plans are significant, so it’s definitely worth comparing both dual fuel and standalone gas and electricity deals to see which works best for you.
How hard is it to switch to dual fuel?
Switching dual fuel supplier is easy. You can use our dual fuel rates comparison tool to find out the best energy supplier for your circumstances, and then you simply go from there. The suppliers will handle the changes for you, so the only thing that will change are the prices and the name of the supplier on your bills.
What will happen to my electricity and gas supply if I switch providers?
This is something a lot of people worry about but there’s really no need, as the simple answer is that nothing will happen to your supply when you switch suppliers.
All energy suppliers use the same pipes and cables to supply energy to your home, so you won’t experience any interruption in supply.
How do I know that I’m getting the best prices on gas and electricity?
The only way to know you are always paying the lowest possible price for your gas and electricity is to switch suppliers every time you revert to a standard tariff - typically 12 months after you’ve signed up to a discounted plan.
Only around 15% of people in Ireland switch each year, which means the vast majority are missing out on huge savings. The best bet is - once you switch - to make a note in your calendar of the switch date and set a reminder for a year’s time so that you can review deals and switch and save again at that stage.
What else can I do to save money on my energy bills?
If you’re already on the cheapest tariff, you can make even bigger savings by reducing your energy consumption. There are a variety of ways to do this - including sealing off draughts at home and changing to energy-saving lightbulbs - but our energy-saving guide can help you get started.