Finding a cheap electricity supplier
We've got all the information you need to help you find the cheapest deal out there and make huge savings on your electricity bills...
Only about 15% of Irish consumers switch energy supplier each year, which means the majority of us are missing out on huge savings.
There’s a bit of a misconception out there that switching is time consuming and not worth the hassle, but in reality it only takes a few minutes to compare deals and make a switch. And you could save up to €165 by switching electricity alone, so it’s definitely worth taking the time.
All you need to do is visit Switcher.ie’s free, impartial gas and electricity comparison and enter a few details - it helps if you have copies of your most recent bill so you can easily find information on your current supplier and consumption.
Once you enter this information, you’ll then get a list of deals available to you. Choose the one that suits you best and click on ‘Switch now’.
At that point, you’ll just need to provide some further information - like your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) and a current electricity meter reading - so your old supplier can provide you with a final bill and your new supplier can start from that point.
What are the cheapest electricity deals on the market?
Based on the national average consumption - 4,200 kW/h of electricity per year - these five plans are the cheapest on the market. However, the best bet is to carry out an electricity comparison based on your own consumption to figure out the deal that’s right for you.
|Supplier||Plan Name||Annual cost|
|Energia||Cheapest Electricity 31% discount (Web EXCLUSIVE)||€897||Compare now|
|Bord Gáis Energy||21% Discount (Level Pay, DD, paperless)||€914||Compare now|
|SSE Airtricity||1 Year Electricity 23 (DD and ebill)||€920||Compare now|
|Just Energy||RateSaver - Fixed 12 mth (DD, Online billing)||€947||Compare now|
|Panda Power||Electricity 20% discount (Switcher.ie EXCLUSIVE)||€948||Compare now|
Will my electricity supply be interrupted if I switch?
This is another worry that may put people off switching. However, there’s no need for concern.
Switcher.ie and your new supplier will handle the full switch, and all suppliers use the same pipes and cables to supply energy to your home, so you don’t need to worry about any loss in service.
Will the cheapest electricity supplier result in poorer customer service?
There is no evidence to suggest that cheaper electricity suppliers equate to bad customer service. However, it can be difficult to learn about customer service until you’re a customer, so it’s worth asking family or friends if they have dealt with the supplier so you can get an idea of what kind of service to expect.
If you do have an issue with your energy supplier, you should consider making a complaint - all suppliers have a complaints process that they follow and the vast majority of people that do make a complaint find their issue is resolved quickly and efficiently.
Is there a difference between cheap electricity and my current electricity supply?
No, all suppliers use the same pipes and cables, so the supply is exactly the same. Suppliers factor in a number of things when calculating what they charge customers for electricity, which is why tariffs vary from supplier-to-supplier.