How to switch your gas and electricity
Switching to a new gas and electricity deal is quick and easy, and could save you hundreds of euro.
Less than 15% of us switch energy suppliers each year, which means the vast majority of us are missing out on huge savings.
Why switch to a new energy supplier?
Quite simply, if you haven’t switched in over a year, you will save by doing so. The vast majority of energy discounts last for one year, and contracts are generally for 12 months, too.
Once this year is up, you’re free to switch - and you should. When the discount period is over, you’ll be paying the supplier’s standard rate, which is generally significantly higher than the discounted rate.
How do I find the cheapest energy supplier?
By switching to a cheaper energy supplier you can pay less and save. Switcher.ie can help you find the best energy prices available to you. Just follow these simple steps to compare electricity & gas prices.
- Tell us your energy habits – your current energy use, which energy supplier you’re with, and how you pay your bills
- We will compare the cheapest energy deals available to you
- You choose the plan that’s right for you and switch supplier with our help
What will I get when I switch to a new gas and electricity deal?
Many gas and electricity suppliers offer significant discounts to new customers for the first year. At the moment, the average dual fuel customer can save up to €359 by switching - and larger households with bigger consumption could save even more.
On top of discounts, some suppliers also offer other incentives to new customers, such as cashback, vouchers, and free or reduced-price smart thermostats
What information do I need to compare deals and switch?
Switching is quick and easy using Switcher.ie’s free, impartial gas and electricity comparison tool. In order to accurately compare deals and make a switch, you’ll need:
- Copies of your most recent gas or electricity bill - or both if you’re a dual fuel customer.
- Your Gas Point Reference Number(GPRN) and/or Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), which help energy suppliers identify your property. You can find these numbers on your bill(s).
- A current gas and/or electricity meter reading - so your old supplier can provide you with a final bill and your new supplier can start from that point.
Once you have all these items, it’ll only take around 5 minutes to compare deals and complete your switch.
Energy switch - step-by-step
- Go to our energy comparison, tell us about your current energy use, which energy supplier you’re with, and how you pay your bills. This process only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
- We’ll recommend a list of energy suppliers and show you their offers, as well as how much you’ll save. You can go through the details of each supplier and plan, and then choose the best option available.
- You choose the plan that’s right for you, and switch supplier with our help. We’ll guide you through the online switching process. The online application form is really straightforward - you’ll just need to enter some information like your name and address, and your current meter reading. It should take no more than 5 minutes, and then you’ll just need to confirm you wish to go ahead and switch supplier. We will contact your new supplier and forward your application to them. Once they receive and confirm this they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier.
- Settle your final bill and start enjoying cheaper energy bills. You’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. You should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there limits to how many times I can change supplier?
You may change suppliers as often as you like, but your old supplier may charge for cancellation or early termination if you don’t give sufficient notice or you cancel during the minimum term.
Can I revert my decision to change energy supplier?
Under consumer protection laws you have a statutory 14-day cooling-off period. Contact your new supplier if you should change your mind during this period and you can cancel the switch free of charge.
How soon can my energy switch be completed?
The time it takes for your switch to be completed will depend on the supplier, however, it shouldn’t take any longer than 28 days. Your new supplier will coordinate the switch with your old supplier. It’s important to make sure that you are out of contract with your current supplier before you sign up with a new supplier.
How will I know that my energy switch is complete?
You should receive a welcome pack and price plan information from your new supplier.
I've decided on a new energy supplier/deal - what's next?
So, you have found a new energy deal and submitted an application form to make the switch to a new supplier.
Once your new supplier receives and confirms your application, they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, so you don’t need to worry about that. Remember, though, that if you decide to switch while you’re still on a discounted tariff with your current supplier, you will have to pay an early exit fee.
After your switch, you’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. Once this is done, you should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits to this supplier, too.
All energy suppliers use the same network and pipes to provide energy to your home, so you won’t have any interruption in supply.
When should I cancel my Direct Debit to my current supplier?
After your switch, you’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. Once this is done, you should also ensure you cancel your Direct Debit to this supplier, too.
Who cancels my account with my current supplier?
Once your new supplier receives and confirms your application, they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, so you don’t need to worry about that. And all energy suppliers use the same network and pipes to provide energy to your home, so you won’t have any interruption in supply.
Will I experience an interruption in supply when I switch energy supplier?
Definitely not. Apart from the company that bills you being changed (and a smaller bill), nothing else will change and there won’t be an interruption in supply. Continue to use your energy as and when required.
Will there be any overlap periods where I pay twice for my gas/electric use?
Categorically no. When the switch over date is agreed, your old supplier will stop charging you on that day and your new supplier will take over. You will not be billed twice if you’ve remembered to cancel your outstanding Direct Debit.