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Electric Ireland offers a variety of electricity, gas and dual fuel plans to residential and business customers.

Electric Ireland’s cheapest gas, electricity and dual fuel plans

The table shows the cost to the average electricity, gas and dual fuel customer for the first year. You may pay more or less, depending on the size of your household.

According to the CRU, the average electricity customer uses 4,200 kW/h per year, while the average gas customer uses 11,000 kW/h.

Fuel type Plan Name Price
Electricity EnergySaver 30 (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €1,155
Gas EnergySaver Gas 14 (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €949
Dual Fuel EnergySaver Dual 22 (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €2,132

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About Electric Ireland Gas and Electricity

Electric Ireland is a dual-fuel supplier which supplies electricity to 1.2 million customers and gas to 150,000 customers in Ireland.

Electric Ireland is the supply division of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which was established in 1927 and was the former monopoly electricity company in Ireland. The company rebranded to Electric Ireland in 2012.

Electric Ireland price changes

In March 2022, Electric Ireland announced that it was to increase its prices, effective 1 May.

  • Electricity rates to increase by 23.4% which will raise the average electricity bill by €297
  • Gas rates raised by 24.8% which will increase bills by €220 for the average gas customer

In October 2021, Electric Ireland announced that it was to increase its prices, effective 1 November. This increase adds approximately €166 per annum to the average residential dual fuel bill

Prior to this, Electric Ireland’s last price change took place in August 2021 with a price hike of 9% and 7.8% to their standard electricity and gas rates, respectively. This increase added approximately €158 per annum to the average residential dual fuel bill.

In October 2020, there was a 3.4% increase in residential electricity prices which added around €2.88 per month to the average electricity bill.

Prior to this, Electric Ireland announced a price decrease, effective 1 April 2020:

  • Electricity rates dropped by 2.5% leading to an annual saving of €22 for the average customer
  • Gas rates fell by 11.5% which reduced bills by €78 for the average gas customer

How does Electric Ireland generate gas and electricity?

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) requires that electricity suppliers disclose the sources they use to generate their energy each year. The fuel mix used by Electric Ireland in 2020 is outlined below.

Electric Ireland Fuel Mix 2020

  • Gas 34.3%
  • Renewable 63.7%
  • Coal 0.5%
  • Peat 0.6%
  • Other 0.9%

Carbon dioxide emissions: 179 gCO2 per MWh
The national average is 236 gCO2 per MWh
Source: CRU - 2020 Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions Report

Electric Ireland FAQs

Are ESB and Electric Ireland the same?

Electric Ireland is the retail division of ESB (Electricity Supply Board) which supplies your gas and electricity.

It was previously known as ESB Customer Supply and ESB Independent Energy.

How can I contact Electric Ireland?

Customers can contact Electric Ireland via:

  • Call: 1800 30 50 90 (8am - 8pm Mon - Sat)
  • Social Media: Facebook or Twitter (8am - 6pm Mon - Fri)
  • Online Account (billpay): Log in or register to view bills, pay by card, move house, submit meter reading, update direct debit and manage your account.
  • Online PAYG Top Up (prepay): Log in or register to top up your Smarter PAYG meter

How do I get my Electric Ireland emergency credit?

Electric Ireland offer you €10 emergency credit when your meter goes below €3.

To accept the emergency credit:

  • press ‘A’ and then ‘B’ on your Smarter Pay As You Go meter when prompted, or
  • press accept on your In Home Monitor

If you ignore the emergency credit offer, you will be left without power when the meter reaches zero.

How do I switch my energy to Electric Ireland?

Visit our guide, How to switch your gas and electricity to find out everything you need to know about switching your energy supplier.

When is Electric Ireland installing smart meters?

Electric Ireland plans to install a smart meter into every customers’ home in the next three years.

Once you have your smart meter, you’ll get more accurate information about energy usage. This will allow you to manage your bills with more accuracy and mean the end of estimated bills.

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