Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

What are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland March 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland have never switched energy providers. Recent figures show that 58% of electricity customers and  53% of gas customers have never switched supplier.
Doing an Electricity and Gas Price Comparison shows that for average households – switching energy suppliers could cut fuel bills by as much as €442 in just one year.

Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn  €442 in take home pay ? (About 39 hours 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 on the standard rate of Electricity with Electric Ireland and on the standard rate of gas with Bord Gais Energy. (The current charge for both would be €1702 a year in this scenario if paying bills as received not by direct debit).

Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

The best switching deal for a dual fuel bundle in this scenario is with  SSE Airtricity at €1403 in year one  – a saving of  €299 in year one. This is their 10% discount offer with €180 cashback. Available  via Switcher.ie

Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

The best option,  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 €525  in year one (includes €175 cashback).  This is a saving of  €231 in year one compared to the €756 cost on Bord Gais Energy standard rates.

If you switch to Energia for electricity through the Switcher website you will get 33% off their standard rates. (Not available directly with Energia)  This would work out at €770 in the first year . A saving in year one of €177 compared to staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.

This combination of two separate energy providers will work out at a total of €1295 in year one. A saving of €407 in year one compared to staying on the standard rates with Electric Ireland and Bord Gais Energy.

Alternatives:  – If you are already with Energia for Electricity and Electric Ireland for Gas – then the cheapest option would be to switch your electricity to Electric Ireland (€733 inc €175 cashback) and your natural gas to SSE Airtricity (€562 including €120 cashback). This would work out in the first year at €1295 – a saving of €442 in year one compared to staying with current suppliers on €1737.

You can check other supplier prices and easily start the switching process on the useful  Switcher.ie website

 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 are 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 1 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  March 22nd 2017   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 printied 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.


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Paying Bus Eireann School Fares Online

School Transport 2017/18  : Paying Bus Eireann School Fares Online

The closing date for applications for new school bus tickets for the  school year 2017/18 is  Friday 28th April 2017.

Payments for the school year 2017/18  : the closing date for payments will be the end of July 2017.

Only pupils starting school will need to apply –  existing pupils who currently hold tickets  will be contacted about payments in July .

Late payments might be accepted – but do not rely on this option being available to you.


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If you select to spread the fares over 2 payments  – the balance (50%)  will be  invoiced in November and must be paid by 1st December 2017

Late payments for tickets for can be submitted after Dec 1st – and where seats are available tickets will be issued. Where late payments are made and there are no seats available then payments will be refunded.


  • 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). There is no charge for Medical Card holders.

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 2017/18 School Year:-

The full amount due can be paid on or before the  28th July 2017 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 28th July 2017 and a ticket valid for travel up to 20th December 2017 will be issued. The balance (50%) due will be invoiced in November and must be paid by 1st December 2017  A further ticket, valid for travel up to the end of the school year will then be issued

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

You can  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 5900

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

From www.buseireann.ie website

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Cheapest Electricity Prices in Ireland

Electric Ireland  (formerly ESB)  used to be the only supplier of Electricity in Ireland – but since deregulation in 2011 many thousands of households have switched to SSE Airtricity , Energia or Bord Gais Energy  in order to get cheaper electricity prices. But – many thousands more have never switched – and  could save around €222 in just 12 months on electricity bills if they changed supplier.

The electricity switching market is competitive,  with companies regularly doing special offers, discount codes or promotions such as free thermostats or cashback.

Who has the Cheapest Electricity Deal in Ireland in March 2017 ?

We carried out a quick comparison of Electricity prices in Ireland for new customers in March 2017 and this is what we found:

For homes that use gas or oil to provide heating and hot water ,  an annual electricity usage  of about 5200 Kwh a year would be typical. This is the usage we have used in this comparison.

If you have never switched supplier and you are still with Electric Ireland on standard rates – then you could save as much as €222 in just one year.

Energia have a special offer only available online through the  Switcher.ie website. This promotional offer gets you 33% off their standard electricity rates for 12 months and would work out at €897 in the first year. (Paying by Direct Debit). They also include 1 year’s FREE boiler & home heating emergency breakdown insurance.

Staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates and paying by cash/card or cheque would cost you €1119 over the next 12 months. (An extra €222)

If your electricity supply is not already with Electric Ireland – then switching back to Electric Ireland will currently work out as the cheapest deal. They are currently giving all new/returning customers  €175 cashback and a 5.5% discount – resulting in a total cost over year one of €895.  You can easily switch online at the Electric Ireland website.

You can  check out the very latest prices for all suppliers with personalised price comparisons for your actual fuel usage at our partner Switcher.ie 

See a Summary of these prices here

If you also have gas – take a look at  our  Dual Fuel Price Comparison 

Be wary of  adverts and sales people offering  the “cheapest rates” or a ” 12% discount ” and “14% savings”  . These  discounts the energy suppliers are referring to – are usually discounts on their own standard rates. Also be aware that standing charges are not the same across all providers – and they could be higher than other suppliers.  Just because a supplier has the cheapest standard rates – it doesn’t mean there are not lower priced discounted offers from other supplier.

Cashback offers are not included in comparison sites calculations – but we include them. So don’t assume the cheapest deal shown on the comparison sites are actually the best available. Cashback offers can often make a big difference to the overall cost.

Figures correct 17th March  2017