Comparison of Electricity Prices in Ireland
Figures Checked January 11th 2019
There are now nine different electricity providers for Irish households – so there is plenty of competition to provide the Cheapest Electricity Switching Prices .
The figures shown in the electricity price comparison below are based on usage of 4200 kw/h per year. This amount of electricity usage would be typical of a household with average electricity usage – maybe a 3 or 4 bedroomed households with 3 or 4 occupants.
We have included all the recent price increases – including the latest one by Energia on January 1st 2019.
Electric Ireland have promised not to raise prices until at least March 2019. Bord Gais Energy and BE Energy haven’t said anything about price increases – but we expect to hear something soon.
The prices shown below are available to new customers only – paying by direct debit with paperless bills.
In the table below – the prices are compared to Electric Ireland’s standard rates when paying bills as they arrive. We have compared the cost over the first 12 months – showing the best deal from each provider. Prices include VAT.
||Cost in 1st Year for
|1st Year Saving
|BE energy !||€848||146||17.01||€158|
Energy 21% Discount
Airtricity # #
|Just Energy ^^
Energia ** have the best deal for switchers – even after their January price increase. The figure of €807 for year one includes a 34% discount and €50 cashback. This deal is available only on the Energia website with promocode CHEAPESTELEC .
If you are already with Energia – then the best current deal for you is to switch Electricity to Electric Ireland (€811 in year one with a 5.5% discount and €150 cashback . (NB: Price increase expected in March or April 2019)
Note : Electric Ireland has said they will freeze prices until at least the end of February 2019 . If they apply an increase of 6% to unit rates – this would bring it to a total of around €857 a year including the cashback.
## SSE 10% discount and price includes €135 cashback
^^ Just Energy rates are fixed for 12 months.
! BE Energy price includes an adjustment for their 1 free month of electricity. (€59 used)
( If you also have gas you should probably take a look at our Dual Fuel Comparison.)
See some more comparison figures on electricity deals here.
Prepay Meters: If you were to use a prepay meter with Prepay Power the average usage cost would be €1167 for the first year. With Pinergy it would be €1229
Note – This Electricty Price Comparison is based on the Residential 24 Hour Urban Tariff. Prices have been rounded to nearest Euro and include VAT, Standing Charges and PSO Levy. Prices shown are for new customers only and may not be available to existing customers.
Even if you have switched supplier more than a year ago – it is probably worth your while switching again. You should treat energy supply like insurance and every year shop around and look for the best deal.
The main energy price comparison sites are not allowed to include any cashback offers in their calculations – but our list above does include cashback offers.
The main message we want to get across is that if you have never switched electricity supplier – you could easily save around €200 over 12 months by changing provider.
Most suppliers sign you up for a 12 month contract with an exit fee of around €50 if you leave early.
Our advice is to check the prices again after the contract is up and switch again to the cheapest option. Sometimes paying the exit fee could be worth it if a new supplier is offering a good deal.
You could also save even more money on your electricity bills by doing things like fully loading appliances and using them less , buying AAA rated appliances when replacing them and switching any halogen downlighters to LED Low Energy Bulbs (Savings as much as 90% compared to Halogen 50 watt! )