Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

cheapest gas irelandWhat 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)

The third best offer is from  SSE Airtricity at €1456 in year one . A saving of €330 . 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 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


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 €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.

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  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 .

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.

 

Marks and Spencer Discount Code

 Marks and Spencer Ireland    have an online discount code that will get you  20% off clothing , shoes and homeware.
Discount applies at checkout when you enter promotional code YESPLEASE.  . This code is valid from 15 February 2018 00:01 and ends 19 February 2018 23.59

Free delivery on orders over €30

At the MarksandSpencer.ie  website you can’t buy food (usually)   or  furniture – but there is a wide choice of clothing for all ages and  some great stuff for the home – towels, bed linen , luggage,cookware, and other homeware items.
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Check out more online discounts , offers and deals on our Bargain Alerts Page .

Credit cards with a billing address outside Ireland are not accepted – so that means people abroad can’t use the Irish M&S site to buy gifts for people in Ireland.

If you want to get items delivered to someone in the UK or overseas you can’t do it on the Irish M&S site – but international delivery is available on the M&S UK Site
Shoppers on the UK site still can’t get orders delivered to Ireland though.

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See more Online shops delivering to Ireland

 

Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  February 5th 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.

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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 Feb 5th  2018

1.Vodafone have a broadband bundle priced at €450 for the first year . With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and free calls to Irish  landlines . Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months). It is an 18 month contract.   More details can be found on this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

2. Eir – currently have  a broadband and phone bundle working out at €480  in year one .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles.
The usual price is high (€76 a month) but this is reduced to €40 for the first 12 months . 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

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. 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

5. 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 6 months) . This would cost €618 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

6. 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 €52.50 (works out at €680 in year one including equipment charges).


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
Vodafone
€450 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Eir
€480 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €504 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€618 €59 240Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€680 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited

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

* 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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