Compare energy prices
Comparing energy prices is essential to ensure you're not overpaying on your energy bills. Here's a quick guide to help you compare energy prices today.
When you’re comparing gas and electricity prices, the first thing to consider is what sort of savings you could make by switching to a different energy supplier. At the moment, the average dual fuel customer can save up to €402 by switching from standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market - but the exact amount you can save will change depending on your household’s energy usage.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go searching the website of each individual energy supplier and try to locate the best plan for your needs – simply compare energy prices online at Switcher.ie and we’ll do the hard work for you.
Who’s the cheapest gas and electricity supplier on average?
Below is the table of the cheapest gas and electricity tariffs available based on the national average consumption - according to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), the average Irish household uses 13,800 kW/h of gas and 5,300 kW/h of electricity per year.
So, this table will give you some indication as to the cheapest plans for average users, 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 usage.
|Energia||Cheapest Dual Fuel||€1,719||Compare now|
|SSE Airtricity||1 Year Dual Fuel 20/16 (Direct Debit & eBill)||€1,770||Compare now|
|Energia||SAVEME354 Dual Fuel||€1,846||Compare now|
|Bord Gáis Energy||Bundle Bonus 1 Year Electricity Allocation||€1,869||Compare now|
|Bord Gáis Energy||Bundle Bonus 2 Year Electricity Allocation||€1,869||Compare now|
What to consider when comparing gas and electricity prices
After you have compared energy prices online, it’s very likely that you’ll be presented with a new supplier as the cheapest option. As we all know, although it’s important, price isn’t the only factor involved when you’re dealing with a supplier for a service. So, before choosing a new energy supplier, you may want to consider:
- Payment options associated with the plan. For example, are you required to pay by Direct Debit and do you have to receive electronic bills?;
- The terms of the contract. Typically contracts are for between 12 and 24 months. You should consider if there is a minimum tie-in period, what kind of fees there are for cancelling early, and whether it is a fixed or variable rate?;
- Reward schemes and other benefits. Sometimes, more expensive suppliers may have incentive schemes that offer extra rewards, such as loyalty points or cash back;
- Customer service. This is a tough one to figure out unless you’re a customer, but asking family or friends if they have dealt with the supplier in the past should give you an idea of what kind of service you can expect; and
- Online services. If you like to be able to review bills, submit meter readings and talk to customer service reps online, it’s worth checking out if the supplier you’re moving to has these services available on their website.
Our research shows that price is the most important factor for people when they’re comparing suppliers, but some of the above may be important to you, too. Consider all of these factors before you make your choice to make sure you get the best plan to suit you.
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Will switching energy supplier affect my energy supply?
When you switch energy provider through a comparison website like Switcher.ie, there’s no need to worry about any loss in service.
Your new supplier will arrange the handover so you will not need to do any of this yourself, and all suppliers use the same network so there won’t be any loss in service.
Is it easy to make the switch?
Many consumers each year don’t make a switch because they assume it is a complicated and complex procedure. However, energy switching is actually very straightforward if you make use of a price comparison website - it only takes around 5 minutes to compare deals and make a switch and you could save up to €402 per year.
Here’s how it works:
- Find a recent energy bill and log-on to Switcher’s free gas and electricity comparison tool. Enter your basic details such as your typical energy usage in kWh - this will allow the site to give you the most accurate and useful tariffs available.
- Review the proposed energy plans - they will be wide ranging and will include all the major energy suppliers in Ireland offering a wide selection of plans including all the usual payment options.
- Select the energy plan that suits you best and fill in the online application form. If you wish to pay by Direct Debit, enter your payment details.
- Enter a final reading of your energy meter which we will send to your old supplier. This will enable them to close your account and to send you a final and accurate bill.
And that’s it! The switchover process itself will all be done for you; your existing supplier will be contacted by the new supplier with a switch request.
Now you can just relax and enjoy the benefits of a cheaper energy supply.