When householders start looking into the high cost of their electricity bills – it can be useful to know how their actual electricity bills compares to other households. But – what is the average electricity bill in Ireland?
We all use electricity in our homes – and electricity bills can make up a big part of annual household expenditure. Overall, electricity usage per appliance is dropping as appliances become more energy efficient. But the increasing number of electrical gadgets and appliances in our homes is also helping to keep average electricity consumption high.
The most recent electricity usage figures for Ireland , produced by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) , say that 4200kWh is now the “official” average annual electricity usage for households in Ireland. (Reference)
Based on “standard” charging rates from the biggest provider – Electric Ireland – the average usage of 4200 kWh electricity a year would result in an annual electricity bill of €1035.
Electric Ireland charges 19.74c per kWh, including VAT. (December 2019) .
This would work out at as an average electricity bill of €1035 a year or €172.50 for each 2 monthly bill – inclusive of VAT PSO and standing charges.
Rural electricty charges are a bit higher because of the extra standing charge.
That works out at just under €0.25 per unit (kWh) (inclusive of taxes, PSO levy and standing charges)
Expect to pay about €30 to €50 more per year if you live in a rural area.
See a comparison of Rural Electricity Charges here
You can get cheaper priced electricity than this. For more details – see our page on where to switch to get the Cheapest Electricity Deals
The CRU figure of 4200 kWh electricity usage per year is an average for all households – but obviously not all households are “average”.
We have estimated what might be typical electricity usage and bills for different types of households.
Average Electricity Bills in Ireland
|Is this an All Electric Household?||Typical
| 1 or 2 Bed
|1 or 2 Bed
| 2 Bed Semi
| 3/4 Bed Semi
| 3/4 Bed Detatched
|4/6 Bed Detached||No||8000||€1785||€ 298|
Prices are based on Electric Ireland’s Urban 24 hr Tariff – Standard Rate. (Pay on receipt of bill) – checked December 2019.
Cheaper electricity deals are always available for customers who are willing to switch suppliers. For example -a household still on Electric Ireland’s standard rates using the national average of 4200kWh per year could cut their electricity bill by around €200 in the first 12 months by switching supplier. That’s almost a 20% cut.
For more details about cheaper electricty prices in Ireland – take a look at our page on where to get the Cheapest Electricity Deals
It’s interesting to see that doubling your electricity usage from 2100 kWh to 4200 kWh only results in your overall electricity bills increasing by two thirds . A large part of the bill is made up of standing charges.
Appliance Electricity Usage
A “unit” of electricity is 1kwh and costs about 20c.
One Kwh is the amount of energy you would use if you kept a 1,000 watt appliance running for an hour:
Here are some calculations of how long it would take for various appliances to use 1 kWh: (And cost you about 20c)
- Using a 10,000 watt electric shower for six minutes
- Keeping an immersion heater (3,000 watts) on for 20 minutes
- Cooking in a 2,000 watt oven for 30 minutes.
- Ironing with a 1,500 watt iron for 45 minutes.
- Less than an hour using a dishwasher (1,000 – 1,500 watts)
- Watching a plasma TV (280 – 450 watts) – about 3 hours
- Keeping a fridge-freezer (200 – 400 watts) on for about three hours
- Keeping an electric blanket (130 – 200 watts) on all night.
- Using a laptop (20 – 50 watts) all day
- Keep a 5 watt LED light bulb on for 200 hours