Cheapest Gas Prices in Ireland

Gas Prices in Ireland Compared  (For New customers only)
Checked March 8th  2017

Bord Gais Energy (who are owned by Centrica) have 4 competitors for the supply of Natural Gas in Ireland – FlogasSSE Airtricity , Electric Ireland and Energia . But which supplier has the cheapest
Shown below is a gas price comparison based on an average annual  gas usage of  11150 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.

Figures correct as at March 8th 2017   ( including VAT ,  standing charges and carbon tax) Rounded to the nearest Euro.

Supplier First Year
Cost
11150
Kwh
Savings
in Year
One
Standing
Chg
€cent
per
Kwh
Electric Ireland DD Ebills ** Cashback €533 €231 €92 5.13
SSE Airtricity ***
€570 €194 €96 4.903
Flogas 22% Discount
€621 €143 €91 4.451
Energia
DD +ebill
€694 €70 €92 4.99
Bord Gais Std  Rate €764 0 €93 5.742

**  Electric Ireland price includes €175 cashback

*** SSE price includes €120 cashback if joined online at Switcher.ie

As you can see from the comparison above –  a Bord Gais  customer on standard rates not paying by direct debit , using  111150 kwH of gas a year would save  €231 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 with a €50 penalty for leaving early.)

If you are already getting your natural gas from  Electric Ireland  – then the best deal in this case would be to switch to SSE Airtricity    You can get a personalised energy price comparison at the Switcher.ie  website

Be aware that on the comparison sites such as Switcher – they don’t include cashback offers when calculating the annual charges.  So – don’t assume that the cheapest deal they show at the top of the list will actually be the best deal. You need to add on any cashback offers to work out the savings over 12 months.

Tip – 12 months after switching energy supplier you should 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

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17 thoughts on “Cheapest Gas Prices in Ireland

  1. Thanks for breaking it down like this. I had been struggling to get my head around the whole thing, with all the suppliers claiming their the cheapest.

  2. as a business customer, how do I find out who the cheapest supplier of gas and esb are. All comparison sites seem to be for home users.

    • Business charges for fuel will vary according to the size of teh business and it’s usage – and sometimes individual deals can be done. Contact the suppliers (there aren’t that many) – and get them to give you a quote for your annual charge based on your usage for last year. Make sure they include any standing charges etc. Then go for the cheapest.

  3. The Commission for Energy Regulation has in my view failed to make energy prices more transparent which should be a key objective whether given to that body or not. I am not happy with price comparison websites that also make the switch for you as there is the potential for a conflict of interests

    • the commissioner for energy regulation works in the interests of the companies only and not the general public . nowhere was this more evident than in the regulation of water charges which showed the authority to be totally incompetent and far from independent . jobs for the boys .
      i also contacted the regulator and the office of the director of consumer affairs asking that energy prices be given as a flat per kw rate with none of the gobbly gook ( different plans etc ) but was given the brush off. were it not for sites like this we would be ripped off even more than the regulator condones.

  4. As a new gas customer would I be right in saying that the bord gais offer of 8% off prices for the standard gas rate plus a free boiler service to the value of 99euro would then make it the best deal for 1 year:

    Std Rate: 5.889
    Discounted Rate: 5.418 (-8%)
    Standing Charge: 93.12
    Annual Bill (18000kWH): 1068.38
    Less Cost of Service (Valued at 99eur): 968.38

    Am I missing anything?

    • Hi Barry
      The cost of 18000kwh with B Gais would be €1120 not €1068. Even if you deduct the free boiler service it comes to €1021 – which is still slightly more expensive than the Flogas option. Also – people may be able to get gas boiler servicing for less than €99 from other providers.

  5. HEADLINE: Wholesale per-kWt gas prices down 50% but retail gas prices drop only 14% !! Please explain!
    EU Natural Gas Import Price peaked at 12.88 USD/MMBtu at April 30 2013 and has fallen by 58.5% ever since to 5.35 USD/MMBtu at Jan 30, 2016. Allowing for the strengthening of USD versus the euro during this period (from 1.31 USD/€ to 1.09 USD/€) the import price, in euros, to the EU has dropped 50% exactly. However, over the SAME period, my supplier (which has been the same throughout) has reduced his per kWh price by just 14%, from 5.4815 to 4.707 (VAT incl). I should add that I have, throughout, availed of the lowest price offered by the company.
    NB: I can supply official references to ALL the above figures.
    Can you, or anyone, explain why the 50% reduction is not passed on to consumers?
    I also note that, over the same period (34 months), the standing charge increased by 20% from €90 to €108. By end of April 2013 my annual bill (all charges) was €872 for 14,000 kWh. I am now (end Jan 2016) paying €808 p.a. for the same 14,000 kWh usage – a cost reduction of only 7.4%.
    You have to wonder if there is real competition between the existing 4 suppliers or is there a de facto cartel in operation.
    I would greatly appreciate answers and comments please.

  6. My comment relates to bottle gas prices rip-off here . The standard bottle is in the Eu30 – 32 region with NO reduction as far as I can ascertain for a long time. Presently in Spain the ‘butano’ is Eu12.75 and was Eu17.50 a year ago. I have checked it last week whilst in Spain. the Commission for Consumer Regulation (a Quango ? ) have no interest or help in the matter . I cannot get media or politicians interested in this disgraceful rip-off . Any ideas ??
    Regards ,
    Des Walsh

  7. I am currently a flo gas customer for gas, and electric ireland for electricity. My year contracts are up soon, was wondering which would be best offer for me at present.
    Any info thanks in advance.

  8. flo gas looks the cheapest ? Their kWh charge and standing charge cheaper according to tariffs you have given . Am I missing something ?

    • Electric Ireland’s cash back deal for switchers make them the cheapest over the first 12 months. (As is stated in the article). After 12 months – just switch again to the lowest priced deal.

      • Thanks for that ! So if you are a higher user of gas ( say an extra 3500 kWh more a year ) you are better on flogas , even with cash back ?

      • Even at higher gas usage of 20,000 kwh a year – the Electric Ireland deal still works out about €38 cheaper than Flogas in year one because of the cashback. (Total €1027 compared to €1065)
        Over 26,000 kwh – Flogas becomes cheaper over 1st year .

  9. Forget that lost comment ! See you would have to be much higher user before you lose benefit o €175 cash back

  10. Can anyone tell me what 1.77 units on the meter actually costs in euro for gas .My bill went through the roof at Christmas .800 for gas and electricity , I noticed that my meter runs slightly even when the boiler or gas is turned off ? .there is no pilot light .It t runs slowly in the red box area of the meter reading ,
    I checked it for one hour running and it used 1.77 on the reading on the meter ,now I want to know what that actually means in cost ?

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