Cheapest Gas Prices in Ireland

Gas Prices in Ireland Compared  (For New customers only)
Checked October 19th 2017

Bord Gais Energy (who are owned by Centrica) now have 5 competitors for the supply of Natural Gas to households in Ireland – FlogasSSE Airtricity , Electric Ireland , Energia and the latest … Just Energy .

But which supplier has the cheapest gas prices in Ireland ?

Shown below is a gas price comparison based on an annual  gas usage of  11000 kwH per year .  This is typical usage for a medium sized household using gas for heating and hot water. We have worked out the savings that could be made in the first year for someone currently on Bord Gais Energy standard rates. We have shown the cheapest  deals from each supplier over 12 months.

Figures include VAT ,  standing charges and carbon tax. Rounded to the nearest Euro.

Supplier First Year
in Year
Electric Ireland DD Ebills ** €527 €228 €92 5.13
€596 €135 €91 4.173
Just Energy (DD)*
€608 €147 €44 4.79
SSE Airtricity
€682 €73 €96 4.903
€687 €68 €92 4.99
Bord Gais Std  Rate €755 0 €93 5.99

**  Electric Ireland price includes €175 cashback
* Just Energy’s rates are fixed for 12 months

As you can see from the comparison above –  a Bord Gais  customer on standard rates not paying by direct debit , using  11000 kwH of gas a year would save  €228 over the first  year on their gas bill if they switched to Electric Ireland for gas. and paid by direct debit (Includes €175 cashback and it is a 12 month contract)

If you are already getting your natural gas from  Electric Ireland  – then the best deal  would be to switch to Flogas’s 25% discounted rate which works out at €596 over 12 months.

If you want to do a personalised price comparison, you can compare energy tariffs, with the choice of entering your own energy use, using the energy price comparison tool on the  website

Be aware that on the comparison sites such as Switcher and Bonkers – they don’t include any cashback offers when calculating the total  annual charges.  So – don’t always assume that the supplier they show at the top of their list will actually be the best deal for you. You need to add on any cashback offers to work out the total savings over 12 months. (We have done that for you in the table above)

Tip – 12 months after switching energy supplier you should always look at switching again to get the best deal . It only takes a few minutes .

All gas users 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 energy  providers often have discount or promotional codes – check our 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 government backed grants available to help – and you could cut your gas bills by as much as 20% .
See more here about Grants for new Gas Boilers

See More Top Money Saving Tips


Income Tax Return Deadlines 2017

The deadlines for filing your 2016 Self Assessment Income Tax returns are getting closer.

If you are doing a paper based Form 11  Tax return – they have to be with  Revenue by the 31st October 2017.

Online Form 11  returns via Revenue Online Service have a  later deadline of November 14th 2017.

There is a late filing penalty if tax returns are not made in time

If you file your Income tax return late, a surcharge will be added on to your tax due, as follows:

  • If you miss the deadline of 31/10/2017 (or 14/11/2017 for ROS customers) and you file your tax return before 31st December 2017, there is extra penalty of 5% of the tax due (maximum of €12,695)
  • If you file your tax return after 31st December 2017, there is extra penalty of 10% of the tax due (maximum of €63,485),

Welfare and Pension Increases in Budget 2018

Welfare and Pension Increases in Budget 2018

The State Pension will be Increased by €5 a week from the end of March 2018. There will be proportional increases for dependant adults and those on reduced rates. ( This is estimated to cost €116 million in 2018 ).

Welfare Benefits :  All weekly rates of working age benefits are to increase by €5 a week from the end of March 2018 . This includes Jobseekers, Farm Assist, One Parent Family Payment, Carers Allowance , Disability, Invalidity, Maternity , Supplementary Welfare.

The €5 increase also applies to Jobseekers  aged under 26 who are on a reduced rate of payment.  (other reduced rates will get proportionate increases ).
The €5 increase also  includes  employment programmes such as CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme.
This increase will cost €147 million in 2018.

(No change to Child Benefit)

Working Family Payment – There had been talk for a couple of years of a new “Working Family Payment”   – but it seems that all that has happened in Budbet 2018 is that Family Income Supplement has just been renamed the Working Family Payment !

Welfare Christmas Bonus :  Will be paid at 85% again for Christmas 2017  – more details here

New telephone support payment (“Community Support Allowance”)   of €2.50 per week for those on the living alone allowance  ( subject to the same eligibility conditions as the Fuel Allowance)  This is due to start in June 2018 .(Estimated cost €9.4 million in 2018) . It is expected that just 124,000 people will be eligible for this. We assume it will be paid automatically to those that are eligible.

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Budget 2018 Summary of Changes

Budget 2018 Summary of Changes

A summary of all the changes announced in Budget 2018 on Oct 10th 2017

Stamp Duty on Commercial property sales will rise from 2% to 6% from 11th October 2017

Vacant Site Levy – increasing from 3% to 7% in the second year of undeveloped land remaining vacant.

Mortgage interest relief was already due to be abolished entirely after 31 December 2017. Budget 2018 announced that it will now be gradually reduced.  It will be 75% in 2018, 50% in 2019 and 25% in 2020. Zero from 2021 onwards.

Prescription charges for under 70s – reduced from €2.50 per item to €2 (Jan 1st 2018)

Drugs Payment Scheme – Monthly threshold to be reduced from €144 to €134 (Jan 1st 2018)

Tobacco:  Pack of 20 cigarettes to rise by 50c

New Sugar Tax :  Details Here

Higher VAT on Sunbed treatments – rising from 13.5%to 23%

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