Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

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

Updated March 19th 2019

Our latest Electricity and Gas Price comparison shows that, for average usage  households ,  switching energy supplier could save  €409 in just one year.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland have never switched energy providers. Recent figures show that around  half of all electricity and gas customers  have never switched supplier.
Of those that have switched to get a cheaper deal  – 51% have just gone back on the default standard rates after the discounted rate ended.


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 .) The prices shown include any cashback offers.

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 total charge for both fuels for such a household would be €1879 over the next 12 months .


Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

  1. The current best price for switching both fuels  to one supplier is available  on the Energia website using the promo code CHEAPESTDUAL .
    You will get €50 cashback and 35% off their standard electricity rates and 34% off their gas rates for a year. This deal will work out at €1470 in year one.(including the €50 cashback).  A saving of €409 in just one year (You won’t get this deal with Bonkers or Switcher.) .


  2.  If you are already with Energia – then the best value switching deal for a dual fuel bundle is from  Electric Ireland . Their offer with the €200 cashback offer included  works out at  €1535 over the first year . It doesn’t show up as on of the cheapest on the comparison sites because they are not allowed to include cashback in the calculations. But drill down on the list for example on Switcher.ie

    TIP: You can switch back to Energia as soon as you get the €200 cashback from Electric Ireland . You will need to pay a €100 exit fee – but you will still be €100 up.


     

 Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

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Euro Sterling Exchange Rate News

Sterling Euro Exchange Rate Today : March 20th 2019 9.00am

1 GBP = 1.16287 EUR

1 EUR =  0.8599 GBP

As expected – Brexit is causing a lot of volatility in the Sterling Euro exchange rate .
Last week the pound euro exchange rate hit a high of €1.18 at the start of the week then dropped to €1.156.
The pound finished lower versus the euro for a second day yesterday (Tuesday). Even with impressive UK jobs data, the pound declined 0.1% to close at €1.1686. It is falling again today.

According to a recent Bank of England Brexit analysis,  if the UK goes through a “disorderly” Brexit , Sterling could fall by 25% under a worst-case scenario.  This could see the Pound  fall to parity against the Euro.

See Today’s latest Exchange Rates Here


With so much  uncertainty in the currency markets at the moment –  it could get quite stressful for people or businesses planning large Euro / Sterling exchanges in the next few months.   We are in a period of high volatility which, depending on your timescales and budget, could cause problems if you are not properly prepared.

Using a Currency Exchange specialist  can remove some of the uncertainty by allowing you to fix an exchange rate as much as 12 months in advance of your transfer.  For good deals on currency exchange for large amounts –  for personal money or for businesses – see our page on how to get the Best Exchange Rates

 

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You might also be interested in this information about  Transferring  Money between Ireland and the UK

If you are just looking to buy some Pounds for a holiday  – take a look at our page about the best place to buy Sterling in Ireland

 

Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Prices checked March 18th 2019

A survey of fixed broadband usage in Ireland by COMREG published in 2018, found that the average spend on a landline and broadband bundle in 2017 was €59 a month ( €708 a year) .
Comreg also found that over 26% of households were spending more than €71 a month on phone and broadband bundles. (That is €852 a year)  .


There are substantial savings to be made by switching to a cheaper broadband provider.

  • Someone paying the average price of €708 a year could save as much as €288 in 12 months by switching their broadband and landline to the cheapest provider (cost €420).
  • The 26% of people in Ireland who are paying at least €852 a year could save  €432 in 12 months by switching.

We have compared the prices of some broadband packages to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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These are the current top five cheapest fixed line broadband and phone bundles in Ireland with:

  • unlimited broadband data
  • unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .
  • Speeds of “upto” 100Mb (actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases).

Any caps on “unlimited” data are shown below.

These deals are usually only available for new customers and may not be available in all areas of the country.

Prices Checked March 18th 2019

1.   Pure Telecom have a fibre and phone “bill save” bundle costing €420 in year one.  This is a saving of €179 in one year compared to the most expensive option on our list. The normal monthly charge is €50 , but it is reduced to €35 for the first 12 months. (“Bill Save” bundle) . Pure Telecom  use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls are included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract. Join Pure Here

2. Vodafone have a broadband and phone bundle priced at €420 for the first year . With broadband speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish landlines . Vodafone’s bundle costs €45 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months). It is an 12 month contract.  More details can be found on  this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

3. Sky have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb , unlimited downloads and free 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).

4. Eir – currently have a phone and broadband  bundle working out at €579.75  in year one .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles.
The usual price is €69.98 a month,  reduced to €44.98 for the first 12 months. This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines and mobiles .   You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

5. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 250Mb speeds , anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles, plus 400 minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €64 a month (reduced to €44 for first 6 months) . This would cost €648 in the first year. (12 month contract).  Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

 


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

 

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Pure Telecom €420 €50 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Vodafone
€420 €50 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Sky *
€560 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Eir
€579.75 €69.98 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Virgin Media
€648 €64 250Mb Unlimited

Note:All above bundles include anytime landline calls. There may be cheaper bundles with off peak calls – but we have limited our comparison for now to those with anytime calls.

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

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Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2019

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 falls on a Sunday and is a Public Holiday.
Monday 18th March 2019 is a Bank Holiday, so the banks will be closed, but is a normal working day for everyone else and is not an official Public Holiday.

Many businesses in Ireland that operate Monday to Friday will probably treat Monday 18th March as a holiday and close that day, but this is not a mandatory requirement.
But it is is a requirement that full-time employees, and eligible part-time employees, are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Sunday 17th March 2019

So how does this affect workers in Ireland and their entitlement to time off or Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2019 or March 18th 2019 ?

Firstly – no one is entitled to a day off on 18th March (But lucky bank workers will be off !).
If your employer gives you a day off – treat it as a bonus.

Employees are entitled to one of the  following Public Holiday Benefits , in respect of 17th March 2019 (and any other public holiday):

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