Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

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

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 €437 in just one year.

Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn  €437 in take home pay ? (About 40 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 on the  Energia website using the  promo code CHEAPEST .  You get €50 cashback and 27% off their standard electricity rate and 26% off gas.
This deal will work out at €1384  the first year – a saving of €318 .

The next best offer is from  SSE Airtricity at €1405 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 €524  in year one (includes €175 cashback).  This is a saving of  €231 in year one compared to the €755 cost on Bord Gais Energy standard rates.
Other prices –
Flogas €614 ; SSE Airtricity €681 )

If you switch to Energia for electricity through their website using promo code CHEAPESTELEC you will get 33% off their standard rates plus €30 cashback.   This would work out as the lowest price over the first year at  €740 .  This would be a saving in year one of €207 compared to staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.

This combination of two separate energy providers will work out at a total of €1265 in year one. A saving of €437 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 with Electric Ireland for your Gas – then the cheapest option would be to switch your electricity to Electric Ireland (€733 inc €175 cashback) and your natural gas to Flogas (€614). This would work out in the first year at a  total of  €1295 .

You can check other supplier prices for your usage on the useful  Switcher.ie website

But – note that the Energia promocode 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 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  June 13th 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.

16 thoughts on “Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

  1. This website is super, thanks a mill.
    Question: I am currently with pre-pay power for my electricity and find it is costing me a small fortune. I am with them over 12 months now and want to change. Thinking of Energia as they seem to be the cheapest. How can I move from Pre-Pay power, as I dont get a bill so where do I get the number to give to Energia?

    • Prepaying is usually one of the most expensive ways of getting electricity. What made you move to them?
      Prepay power will have your mprn number – it must be on documentation from them. Failing tyr calling ESB Networks on 1850 372 757 to get the MPRN

  2. Great site, so little personal finance info out there that is Ireland-specific. On Energia for dual fuel now but with them for a year and a half. Would we get new customer discount if we swtiched to my wife’s name as account is under mine now?

    • Hi James , you would probably have to leave Energia and then come back to them to get the maximum discount. Try calling them and say you are thinking of switching , they might give you soem sort of discount to keep you. Let us know how you get on.

  3. great thanks very much for the quick reply! good to get some straight advice/information, I think with all of the sites its quite difficult to see what your actually saving.

    great site, thanks

  4. I’m moving into a new house for the first time. Do the switcher deals apply to those that will be opening gas/electricity accounts for the first time?

    • All the discount deals and cashback offers are for new customers – so you should be able to get any of them Ciaran.

  5. Hi,
    I’m moving into an apartment at the moment and am researching best value options for dual fuel.
    The above article states Electric Ireland offers the best deal at the moment (1550); how is this calculated? When I check other comparison sites Energia’s Clever dual fuel is coming in cheapest ( including cash back offers).

    • The main energy comparison sites don’t include cashback in their calculations of annual costs. Our figures include cashback where it is offered – and for the usage we have shown, Electric Ireland is cheaper ovr the 1st 12 months than any Energia curent offer. For the same usage – Energia would cost €1587.

  6. Hi .Does the rate change to more expensive when using the €5 IOU on prepay power ? I changed from ESB to prepay as I was threatened with disconnection by ESB and prepay offered me a recoup deal of €1 per €10 credit . Direct debits don’t work for me .That’s why I changed. Bord Gais also installed a gas pre pay metre but it seems extremely expensive. €10 only lasts for 6 hours. Can I change supplier if in a recoup deal with prepay ?

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