What are the Cheapest Dual Fuel Deals For Switching Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland ?
Updated November 7th 2019
Our latest Electricity and Gas Price comparison shows that, for average usage households, switching energy supplier could save €380 in just one year. Many providers offer good deals for new customers such as reduced rates and cashback.
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 €1840 over the next 12 months.
Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :
- 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 €1460 in year one. (including the €50 cashback). A saving of €380 in just one year (You won’t get this deal with Bonkers or Switcher.).
- If you are already with Energia – then the next best value switching deal is from newcomer Iberdrola .Their dual fuel bundle will work out at €1498 in year one.
Dual Fual Comparison
|Supplier||€ Annual Charge Based on Average Usage|
(Promocode CHEAPESTDUAL )
|Bord Gais Energy||€1499|
|Electric Ireland |
(€200 cashback included)
TIP: If you are with Energia you could switch to Electric Ireland and then as soon as you get the €200 cashback from Electric Ireland you could go back to Energia. You will need to pay Electric Ireland them a €100 exit fee – but you will still be €100 up.
Note: – If you are interested in smart homes and thermostats you might want to take a look at our review of a duel fuel offer from One Big switch
Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity :
The current lowest priced option for switching is to move your gas over to Flogas . Their 27% discount offer works out at €671 in year one. for average usage. A saving of €154 compared to Bord Gais Energy’s standard rates.
Panda Power is a very close second at €673 in year one (30% discount)
Other prices for comparison – Electric Ireland . (€100 cashback offer) €683; Iberdrola €693
The cheapest electricity switching deal in October 2019 is currently available from Energia at €829 in year one for average usage (36% off ). Available only on the Energia website with promo code CHEAPESTFUEL .
If you are already with Energia for Electricity – then switching to the “SuperSaver” offer from Electric Ireland will currently work out as the best deal for you at €838 in year one.
Energia’s dual fuel deal works out cheaper than going with the lowest priced separate gas and electricity suppliers. (€1460 compared to €1500)
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.
Even if you have switched previously – if you have been with your current supplier for more than a year you will get cheaper offers by switching again.
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 Nov 7th 2019 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, paying by direct debit.
Electric Ireland says that a new customer must not have been a customer within the last 12 months. Energia doesn’t seem to mind if you leave and return within a few months.
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 printed on your gas bill. If you don’t have it, you can get it by calling Gas Networks Ireland on 1850 200 694.
Important: the comparison sites don’t include all the 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.
Insulating your home can also cut your energy bills – see our article about grants for insulation.