Social Welfare Bank Holiday Payments

The Department of Social Protection has released some information about arrangements for the bank holiday weekend.

All their offices are closed on Monday, 3 August 2015 as are all the Post Offices.

If you are due to sign for a Jobseeker’s payment at your Intreo  or  social welfare office on Monday 3rd August  –  you do not have to sign on that day. Normal signing arrangements apply for the rest of the week.

You can collect payments due to be paid at the post office from Saturday 1 August. .

Electronic payments that are due on Monday 3 August will be paid on Friday 31 July.


Paying Bus Eireann School Fares Online

The deadline for payment of the  payment of the full amount of the Bus Eireann school bus fares  for the school year 2015/16 is July 31st 2015.

If you select to spread the fares over 2 payments  – the balance (50%)  will be invoiced in November and must be paid by 4th December 2015

For secondary school pupils the charge is  €350 per pupil or 2 payments of €175. (Max per family of €650) . For primary school buses the fare is  €100 per pupil or 2 payments of €50 (Max per family of €220)

To pay online you need to have your Bus Eireann family ID and PIN; both numbers are on the invoice you received from Bus Éireann.You can  pay by  VISA or  MasterCard .
You can also enter the details of Medical Cards, if applicable, for children who are eligible for free transport.

There are two payment options available for  the 2015/16 School Year:-

The full amount due can be paid on or before the 31st  July 2015 in which case an Annual Ticket for the full school year will be issued .

OR half of the amount due can be paid by the deadline date of 31 July 2015 and a ticket valid for travel up to 22nd December 2015 will be issued. The balance (50%) due will be invoiced in November and must be paid by 4th December 2015  A further ticket, valid for travel up to the end of the school year will then be issued

You can pay online for your Bus Eireann school bus pass here.

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You can still also  pay for school bus bus tickets by cheque, credit card or cash at your local Bus Éireann School Transport office or over the telephone by phoning a  Bus Eireann local office at one of the phone numbers below.

Contact numbers for local Bus Éireann School Transport Offices

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow ,Meath  01 8302222

Louth, Monaghan, Cavan  042 682 5999

Westmeath, Longford, Offaly Roscommon, Laois  09064 73277

Mayo    096 71816

Cork  021 4557137

Clare, Tipperary (North), Limerick  061 217484

Galway  091 537530

Sligo, Leitrim  071 9160440

Donegal  074 9131008

Waterford, Tipperary (South),  Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford  051 873401

Kerry  066 7164750

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Gas Price Comparison

Lowest Gas Prices in Ireland  (For New customers) July  2015

Bord Gais Energy (now owned by Centrica) have 4  competitors for the supply of Natural Gas in Ireland – FlogasAirtricity , Electric Ireland and Energia .
Shown below are annual charges  for gas based on  usage of  18000 kwH per year . (This would be typical usage for homes using gas for both heating and hot water.) We have compared the the cheapest tariffs from each provider – and the most expensive for comparison.

Figures  correct as at July 30th 2015    ( including VAT ,  standing charges and carbon tax) Rounded to the nearest Euro.

Company € cent per kwh Standing Chg Annual Bill for 18000kwh Savings
Flogas Direct Debit 4.707 108 1014 215
Energia DD +ebill 5.113 92.01 1087 142
Bord Gais DD ebill +levelpay 5.615 93.12 1144 85
Electric Ireland DD Ebills 5.509 91.72 1159 70
Bord Gais Std Rate 5.890 93.38 1229 0

As you can see from the comparison above –  a Bord Gais  customer on standard rates using  18000 kwH of gas a year would save  €215 over the first  year one  on their gas bill if they switched to Flogas
Note:  It is possible that gas customers who changed suppliers in the past year will be still on special lower tarrifs or fixed rates. The figures shown above are the prices charged for new customers.

All gas users will also use electricity – so you might get a better overall deal if you get both your gas and electricity from the same supplier. See our page on Dual Fuel Prices Compared

See our page on Cheapest Electricity in Ireland here.

Some fuel providers have discount or promotional codes – check out Discount Alert page for any currrent codes.

If you have an older gas boiler – you could cut your bills even  more by upgrading to a new efficient condensing boiler. There are grants available to help – and you could cut your gas usage and bills by as much as 20% .

See more here about Grants for new Gas Boilers and more here about  Financing of New Boilers

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Electricity and Gas Prices Compared

What are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity ?
Updated July 30th  2015:

All price comparisons are  based on “average”  usage  of 13800 Kwh of  Gas and 5300 kwH of Electricity a year .

These calculations take account of all the recent price reductions and the launch of PandaPower ( a new electricity supplier)

Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

The  current best dual fuel deal from a single supplier is from  Energia  where you can use a special online promotional code (“CHEEP“) to get an extra 20%  discount off their electricity rate and 17% off their gas unit rates for a full year . This would result in a total cost  of  €1855 in the first year for someone using the amounts above. (Code expires end of July).

Bord Gais Energy  come  in second place :-  with their €100 cashback offer their dual fuel bundle works out at €1859 in year one.

SSE Airtricity’s bundle  would work out at  €1916 in the first year.

The next best priced deal  for  switching both fuels to one supplier is  from Electric Ireland.  The semi-state company’s dual fuel bundle would  cost €1931 in year one for the above usage.

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

Using Separate Suppliers :

If you want to get your gas and electricity from separate providers – the best overall deal is available by switching to Flogas for gas  and to Bord Gais Energy  for your Electricity  (With their €100 cashback offer).
This combination will work out at  €996 for electricity and €798 for gas  – a  total of €1794 in year one. (Bord Gais Energy are now owned by Centrica , the owners of British Gas).

See our Electricity Price Comparison Here

The main message is – if you are have never switched and are still on old standard rates from Electric Ireland or Bord Gais Energy  – then switching provider can save you significant amounts of money. Even staying with the same supplier and going with payment by direct  debit and electronic billing can get you a reduced price.

Figures  were calculated  to the nearest euro  July 30th  2015  using published tariffs and standing charges on suppliers websites and including VAT, the PSO Levy on Electricity  and Carbon Tax on Gas.
The prices given are for new customers only .

You could obviously save even more money on your electricity bills by cutting  energy use . 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.