What are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland ?
Updated February 16th 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.
Of those that have switched – 51% have just gone back on the default standard rates after the discounted rate ended.
Our comparison of Electricity and Gas Prices shows that, for average households , switching energy supplier could cut energy bills by as much as €484 in just one year.
Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn €484 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 €1786 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 €381 .
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 €1452 over the first 12 months (inclusive of a €175 cashback)
Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity :
The best option for gas , 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
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 €231 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 €484 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 personal usage on the very 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.
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 Feb 16th 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 .
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.