Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

cheapest gas irelandWhat are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland ?

Updated January  18th 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland have never switched energy providers. Recent figures show that  more than half of electricity and gas customers  have never switched supplier.
Our comparison of  Electricity and Gas Prices shows that, for average households ,  switching energy supplier could cut energy bills by as much as €450 in just one year.

Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn  €450 in take home pay ? (Answer: About 40 hours ( a full weeks wages) for someone on €28k a year).

Note: The price comparisons below are based on what might be typical usage in a medium sized house, using gas for both heating and hot water. ( 11000 Kwh of  Gas and 4200 kwH of Electricity a year .)

We have assumed that the household is currently on the standard rate of Electricity with Electric Ireland and on the standard rates for gas with Bord Gais Energy. The current charge for both fuels would be €1752 a year in this scenario if paying bills as received ,not by direct debit.


Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

The best value switching deal for a dual fuel bundle in this scenario is on the  Energia website using the  promo code CHEAPDUAL . You will get €50 cashback and 29% off their standard electricity rate and 28% off gas rates for a year.
This deal will work out at €1405  in the first year – a saving of €347

If you are not already with Electric Ireland for any fuel –  then switching both fuels to Electric Ireland   will work out as the next best deal – at €1419 over the first 12 months  (inclusive of a €175 cashback)

The third best offer is from  SSE Airtricity at €1455 in year one . A saving of €295 . This is their 10% discount offer with €200 cashback. Available via Switcher.ie

 


Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

GAS:
The best option,  if you are currently on Bord Gais standard rates ,   is to switch your gas over to  Electric Ireland . In the first year this would work out at €527  (this includes €175 cashback offer ).  This is a saving of  €253 in year one compared to the €780 cost on Bord Gais Energy standard rates.

Other prices –  Flogas €596  ;  Just Energy €629 ;  )


ELECTRICITY:

The current cheapest electricity switching deal for Electric Ireland customers  is from Bord Gais Energy at €775 (including €175 cashback). This would be a saving in year one of €197 compared to staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.


This combination of two separate energy providers will work out at a total of €1302 in year one. This is a saving of €450 in year one compared to staying on the standard rates with Electric Ireland and Bord Gais Energy.


You can check other supplier prices for your usage on the useful  Switcher.ie website

But – note that the Energia promocode and cashback offer is only available direct with Energia Online

 Note :To get these lower prices with any of the suppliers you will usually have to pay by direct debit and have online billing.

See our Electricity Price Comparison Here

The main message is ….  if you have never switched and are still on the standard rates from Electric Ireland or Bord Gais Energy  – then switching provider can save you significant amounts of money.
You should try and treat energy supply like car insurance – shop around when the one year contract is over and get a better deal. It only takes a few minutes to fill a form in and it could save you a few hundred euros each year.

Switching supplier does not involve any wiring changes, pipe changes or disconnections. It just means that a different company is administering your bills. It is still the same electricity and gas coming into your house.

Figures  were calculated  to the nearest euro  January 19th 2018  using published tariffs and standing charges on suppliers websites and including VAT, the PSO Levy on Electricity  and Carbon Tax on Gas. Cashback offers included in calculations.
The prices given are for new customers only .

More Money Saving Tips Here

How to Switch

When you  switch electricity suppliers you will need your  MPRN . This is an 11-digit number printed on your electricity bill. If you don’t have it, you can get it by calling ESB Networks on 1850 372 757.
If you’re switching gas suppliers they will need your GPRN . This is a 7-digit number printied on your gas bill. If you don’t have it, you can get it by calling Gas Networks Ireland on 1850 200 694.

You can make things easier by using an online energy switching site such as Switcher.ie to compare prices for your personal fuel usage . Sometimes they have exclusive offers that are even better than what you can get by going direct to the energy companies.

Important :  the comparison sites don’t include cashback offers in their calculations – but they do mention them. So make sure you don’t miss out on the best deals by manually adding any cashback offers onto the total savings to work out the cheapest deal  for you.

You could obviously save even more money on your electricity bills by just cutting your energy usage . For  example –  switching any halogen downlighters to Gu10 LED  Low Energy Bulbs (Savings as much as 90%  compared to Halogen 50 watt!)

Insulating your home can also cut your energy bills – see our article about grants for insulation.

 

Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  January 18th 2018

The availability of  faster home broadband in Ireland has increased in the past couple of years as Fibre broadband gradually moves across the country. Fibre broadband can give  speeds of up to 100Mbps – compared to the maximum 24Mbps on copper phone lines (DSL) . We have looked at some of the many broadband packages available to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

cheapest broadband ireland

These are the current six cheapest broadband and phone bundles with unlimited broadband data and unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .  (All speeds are at least  “upto” 100Mbs  –  actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases). These deals are usually only available for new customers .

Prices Checked Jan 18th  2018

1 Eir – currently have the the lowest priced fibre broadband deal  – working out at €450  in year one  .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles.
Price is €76 a month reduced to €40 for the first 12 months with a further €5 a month discount for 6 months  if you join online .  This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines  as well as Eir Sport. It is a 12 month contract – (so you can switch again without penalty if you want to when the price rises to €76 a month)  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

2. Vodafone’s similar bundle works out at  €510 in the first year . With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and free calls to Irish  landlines and mobiles. Vodafone’s bundle costs €60 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months) .It is an 18 month contract. No Uk calls included.  We have put this above the bundle from Pure Telecom because of the inclusive mobile calls. More details can be found on this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

3. Pure Telecom  have the third lowest priced fibre and phone bundle costing €504 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €34 for the first 6 months. They use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 18 month contract.

4. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds and anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish PLus FREE 400 anytime minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €59 a month (reduced to €44 for first 12 months) . This would cost €528 in the first year. (12 month contract). They also have an option with a 30 day contract for €59 a month . Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

5. Sky  have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb and anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €42.50 (works out at €560 in year one including equipment charges).

6. Digiweb – have a fibre broadband bundle with speeds upto 100Mbs and  “unlimited” anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles as well as UK landlines and mobiles. It costs €49.95 per month which works out as €599.40 in year one.  (There is a limit on calls – but it’s pretty big – 6,000 to Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 minutes to any Irish/UK mobiles per month. Anything over that will be charged for.) More Here


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include free anytime calls to landlines)

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Eir
€450 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€510 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €504 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€528 €59 240Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€560 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited

You can check current broadband prices and availailability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

Eir bundle includes free calls to Irish mobiles and UK landlines

Vodafone bundle includes calls to Irish mobiles.

* Sky  package also  includes free anytime calls to landlines in these countries Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA) . This would be a big attraction for people with friends and family living overseas.

++ Digiweb bundle includes 6000 minutes per month of calls to Irish and UK landlines PLus 1500 minutes of calls to UK/Irish mobiles.

If you are not bothered about having a landline – take a look at our page on the Best Prices for Broadband Only Deals

Most Popular Broadband Provider

According to ComReg  – in the middle of 2016  Eir were still the biggest broadband provider in Ireland – with 33.7% of total fixed broadband subscriptions, Virgin Media (formerly UPC)  had 27.4% of subscriptions. Vodafone had 17.7% and Sky Ireland had 11.1% of the market share. All other providers  accounted for the remaining 10.1% share of fixed broadband subscriptions.

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Compare Mobile SIM Only Deals

 

Best Place to Buy Sterling in Ireland

If you are travelling  to the UK it can be wise to bring some cash with you. There are a few places in Ireland where you can carry out currency exchange and swap your Euros for Pounds Sterling

Of course –  the currency exchange rates  change every day  and there has been a lot of volatility recently with exchange rates since the UK/EU  referendum vote. We carried out a quick comparison of the main currency exchange companies on the same day to find out the  Best Place to Buy Sterling in Ireland .

We checked out how much it would cost in Euros to buy £1000 GBP Sterling cash . We compared the figures from  the currency companies websites at roughly the same time on  18th January 2018. All the exchange companies we used in the comparison say they do not charge commission .

The Best Deal was At the No1 Currency Website  where it would have cost you €1162.39 for £1000 GBP  . You can order and pay for it online and get it delivered to your door for free. The delivery is by An Post registered post and is fully insured . (Orders under €750 cost €6 for delivery) .  Minimum order is €400. The price shown is for payment by debit card, a credit card incurs 2% fee. Popular currencies such as Sterling and US Dollars should usually be delivered next day if ordered before noon. Other currencies will take 2 to 3 days. You can check their current exchange rates on the No1 Currency Website

2:  At CurrencyExchange.ie they were quoting a price of €1163.60 for £1000 Sterling. You can reserve your currency online for collection and pay for it when you pick up. But- they only have 2 pick up locations in central Dublin , they do not deliver.

3:  An Post were quoting a price of €1169.72 for buying £1000 Pounds.
They don’t allow online ordering, you have to go to a Post Office branch that does currency exchange . This service  is only available in larger towns and cities – see here. An Post only sell Sterling and US Dollars.

4:  The worst deal we found was from At ICE ( International Currency Exchange)  http://www.ice-ireland.ie – it would have cost you €1205.59 for £1000 Sterling. You can reserve your currency online and then collect it and pay for it at their Dublin Airport kiosks.

There is always the option of using an ATM abroad – see here for  details of ATM Charges Abroad .

We also did a recent comparison on the cost of buying US Dollars in Ireland

If you are looking for information about transferring larger amounts of money abroad in different currencies – you should read our article on some of the Best Currency Echange options

 

 

Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners

Financial assistance of up to €8000 Euro is available via local authorities under a scheme called “Housing Aid for Older People” .

The Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners are for people aged 66 years or older, who are living in poor housing conditions. (In cases of genuine hardship a local authority may also assist people under age 66.) You should apply for the scheme as early in the year as possible as many local authorities run out of funding as early as May although some councils keep a small emergency fund for extreme cases.

The grant can only be paid to owner occupiers (or to people who are buying their house from the local authority under the Tenant Purchase Scheme.)

In 2016 the average grant payment under this scheme was €3692
In 2016 a total of €12.6 million was paid out for 3425 properties.
Cork County Council paid out the most in 2016 – €1,534,850 . 

All the local authorities have different guidelines regarding the type of work they will award grants for.   You should check with your own local authority to see which types of work they will cover.  In general , only essential repairs that make a property habitable will be covered under the scheme.   This would typically include things such as :

Roof repairs or re-roofing
The provision of water, sanitary services and central heating
Re-wiring
The replacement of  windows or doors will be considered  on a case by case basis and only those considered essential will be replaced under the scheme
. (Some councils seem to exclude door and window replacement from their grant schemes – but it may be worth applying and appealing if you get refused)

It is a means tested grant.  The maximum grant of 95% of the cost of works (Maximum of  €8000)  can be given to households where the total annual household income is less than €30,000.  (That is €576 a week)
So a single person or a couple on just a full state pension would easily qualify under income rules.

The grant  is also  prioritised on medical needs.  People for whom alterations or adaptations would facilitate their discharge from hospital or the continuance of care in their own home will get the highest priority .
The local authorites have a fixed budget to spend and they decide who gets it. There is an appeal process.

Households with income under €30,000  can get 95% of the cost ( Max €8000)
Households with income from €30,000 – €35,000  can get 85% of the cost ( Max €6,800)
Households with income from €35,001 – €40,000  can get 75% of costs (Max €6,000)
Households with income from €40,001 – €50,000 can get 50% of the cost (Max €4,000)
Households with income from €50,001 – €60,000 can get 30% of the cost (Max  €2,400)
Households with income over €60,000 a year do not qualify.

Contact your Local Authority to get a claim form and to find out more details.