Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

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

Updated March 13th 2018

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

Our latest Electricity and Gas Price comparison shows that, for average households ,  switching energy supplier could cut energy bills by as much as €484 in just one year.

Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn  €484 in take home pay ? (Answer: About 40 hours ( a full weeks wages) 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 currently on the standard rate of Electricity with Electric Ireland and on the standard rates for gas with Bord Gais Energy. The current charge for both fuels would be €1786 a year in this scenario if paying bills as received ,not by direct debit.

Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

1.The best value switching deal for a dual fuel bundle in this scenario is on the  Energia website using the promo code CHEAPDUAL . You will get €50 cashback and 29% off their standard electricity rate and 28% off gas rates for a year. This deal will work out at €1405  in the first year – a saving of €381 .

2. Panda Power started supplying gas (as well as electricity) from the end of February 2018 – and they have a special offer available via Switcher.ie of 28% off their normal rates. That works out at  €1445 over the first year .

3. If you are not already with Electric Ireland for any fuel –  then switching both fuels to Electric Ireland   will work out as the next best deal – at €1452 over the first 12 months  (inclusive of a €175 cashback)


Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

The best option for gas ,  if you are currently on Bord Gais standard rates , or with any other supplier,   is to switch your gas over to  Electric Ireland . In the first year this would work out at €527  (this includes €175 cashback offer ).  This is a saving of  €253 in year one compared to the €780 cost on Bord Gais Energy standard rates.

Other prices –  Flogas €628  ;  Just Energy €629


The current cheapest electricity switching deal for Electric Ireland customers is from Bord Gais Energy at €775  in year one (including €175 cashback). This would be a saving in year one of €231 compared to staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.
If you are already with BGE for Electricity – then the best deal is to switch to Electric Ireland (€790 incl €175 cashback)

This combination of two separate energy providers  (BG for Electricity and Electric Ireland for gas) will work out at a total of €1302 in year one. This is a saving of €484 in year one compared to staying on the standard rates with Electric Ireland and Bord Gais Energy.

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

But – note that the Energia promocode and cashback 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 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 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  March 13th 2018  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 .

More Money Saving Tips Here

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 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.

37 thoughts on “Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

    • I am confused – does the comparison include eg the 175 euro cashback from Electric Ireland? I am with Bord Gais for Electric and Flogas for Gas – I don’t care if I need to move to dual or single supplier – I just want the TOTAL cheapest deal but I can’t figure that out if the cash backs are not included….or am I reading it wrong?

      • Cashback is included in all prices we have listed .
        Based on average usage and assuming you are on your current supplier’s standard rates – the best deal for you would be to switch Electricity to Electric Ireland and get the €175 cashback and switch gas to Just Energy .

      • when I put my data into switcher.ie BORD GAIS electricty – Energia is recommended number 1 with 208.26 savings
        Electric Ireland is number 19 on the list with 62.35 savings with the comment underneath as “€175.00 cash-back not include in annual savings”
        So if I add the 175 to 62.35 I get savings of 237.35 which puts it ahead of Energia
        So why does the calculator not do this automatically as I am sure lots of people don’t scroll down to option 19

      • Switcher are not allowed to include cashback in the total price (Government rules) . Our list of prices includes cashback – which is an important point to note.

  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 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

  3. 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.

  4. Hi. This is the just and only website with comparison you can trust. I have used it last year and now again. Won again. Just read and listen and do… guaranteed winner.
    I have worked out all calculations and it’s right. Moneyguideireland is the only one providing full info after discounts.
    Thank you very much.

  5. I’d like to switch to save as I am on standard now but I know I’ll be moving in 5 months. Will I be penalised when I move, since most deals are for a 1 year sign up. Or could I take the contract with me?

    • Suppliers should allow you to move your contract to a new property. We will double check this for you.

      • Energia say they would transfer the contract to the new house without any penalty. Is it Energia you are thinking of switching to?

  6. I am the new owner of a house that has a bulk LPG tank. The previous owner had a contract with Calor. Is it worth switching supplier from one LPG supplier to another, eg Flogas or Tervas?

    • Prices on LPG are not really publicised – each company will negotiate a price with homeowners for the tank and supply. So you will need to get in touch with all 3 and compare prices and contract details. Make sure you look closely at terms and conditions . Let us know what you decide – Thanks

  7. Just one small issue when switching providers, you may be ask to pay deposit of between 200 – 300 euro as new customer with no history.

  8. I ve looked at your info re best deals for gas and electricity, i.e. when you switch. I cannot see advice for a someone moving to a new house(new build). Does the same hold or are the new sign up deals with different providers? I d appreciate your help with this.

    Paula Mc Donagh

  9. I’m with bord gais
    I use 7000 kWh elect approx
    & 26000 kWh gas approx

    What would u recommend
    I like to pay by dd ( level pay )
    but I also like to get a bill in post ( I can keep tract better )


  10. I have a 3 bed semi detached house and I am with Electric Ireland for my gas and electric should I change my provider also i have a electric allowance as I have a senior citizens pension will that be easy to transfer to a new provider. Mary

    • Hello Miriam
      If you have been with Electric Ireland for more than a year – then you will get a cheaper deal by moving. If you want gas and elec from one supplier – your best option is currently Energia using the promo code CHEAPDUAL
      The Electric allowance will still be given by Energia – but it will be paid to you direct to your bank account instead of being deducted from your bills.

  11. i signed up to eleactric ireland electricity last month and got a €175 cashback offer. im with flogas for my gas, can i get the €175 cashback offer if i switch my gas to electric ireland too?

    • The €175 cashback is supposed to be only paid once per customer. But maybe wait a month or two and try it – you never know, it might work . Let us know if it does.

  12. I am moving into a new build and was going to stick with electric ireland pre pay power only because we have an outstanding bill due to many years of estimated bills. Is this my only option in the new build house to stick with electric Ireland pre pay for the next year until we have paid what we owe. ?

  13. Hi there, I am in my new place nearly a year. I am using Energia for electricity and Flogas for gas and worked out I use approx. 533KWh/€292 of gas and 258KWh/€463 of electricity per year. Would I be best to go to a dual supplier or change to different suppliers of both? Bit confused, thanks.

    • Hi Aoife, based on those charges you gave –
      Your best option currently is to switch Electricity to Bord Gais (cost €247 in year one incl 175 cashback)
      switch gas to Electric Ireland – working out at just €98 in year one ! (incl €175 cashback)

      Assuming you have no contract penalties to pay your existing suppliers. If you have been with them more tha a year you should be OK . I would do it soon because these cashback offers might not be around for much longer.

    • From my calculations i use 10315kWh of GAS and 4325kWh of Elec.

      I am with sseairtricity and just discovered if i had An Post Smart Account (Which i might just open and transfer money into pay the bill each month) i can get 10% MoneyBack rebate. Would it be worth my while trying to get a better discount off sseairtricity or follow your advise and move to Energia

      • You current annual bill with SSE should be about €1430 – so 10% cashback with An Post is worth just €140. There is a €5 per month fee with An post – which comes to €60 a year , reducing that cashback benefit to just €80.
        (See http://www.moneyguideireland.com/post-smart-current-account-charges.html

        You can easlily save more than €80 in a year by switching to Energia for both fuels (ABout €332 savings in year one if you go to the Energia website using the promo code CHEAPDUAL http://www.moneyguideireland.com/go/Energia-Direct/ )

        Or if you prefer – get electricity from Bord Gais and Has from Electric Ireland to take advantage of €175 cashback from eacch of them .

        • Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question.

          Does the new offer from onebigswitch with Bord Gais make any difference to your reply. I only found it today

        • The separate deals from BG and Electric Ireland will be cheaper than the One Big Switch deal for dual fuel.
          Your usage is close to average – and for average usage the “OBS” dual fuel deal works out at €1400
          The two offers from BG and Elec Ireland with cashback work out at €1302 for the same usage.

          Plus – they seem to store a lot of data about you and y maight be sent lots of third party emails (see https://www.onebigswitch.ie/privacy-policy)

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