How Much is the Average Electricity Bill in Ireland ?

When householders start looking into the high cost of their electricity bills – it can be useful to know how their actual electricity usage compares to others. But – just how much 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. Buut the increasing number of electrical gadgets and appliances in our homes is also helping to keep electricity consumption higher.

The most recent electricty usage figures , produced by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) ,  say that 4200kWh is now the “official” average annual electricity usage for households in Ireland.

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 electricty bill of €1005.

They charge 18.98c  per kwH including VAT. (Oct 2018)
This would work out at as an average electricity bill of €167  for each 2 monthly bill – inclusive of VAT PSO and standing charges.

That works out at just under €0.24  per unit (kWh)  (inclusive of taxes and standing charges)

The CRU figure of 4200 kWh electricity usage per year is an average for all households – but obviously not all households are “average” .
The usage for a 2 bed apartment with 2 occupants will be different to that of a 4 bedroomed house with 6 occupants.
A home with gas for heating and hot water will use less electricity than one that uses electricity for  heating and hot water.   Also – homes that are occupied for only a few hours a day will require less electricity than homes that are used all day.

We we have estimated what might  be typical electricity usage and bills for different types of households .


Average Electricity Bills in Ireland

Type of
Property
Is this an All Electric Household? Typical
Annual
Usage
Typical
Annual
Bill
Typical
Bi-Monthly
Bill
 1 or 2  Bed
Apartment
 No 2000 €588 € 98
1 0r 2 Bed
Apartment
 Yes 5000 €1157 € 193
 2 Bed  Semi
 No 3000 €778 € 130
 3/4 Bed Semi
 No 4000 €967 € 161
 3/4 Bed Detatched
 No 6000 €1347 € 224
 4/6 Bed Detached No 8000  €1726  €287

Prices are based on Electric Ireland’s Urban 24 hr Tariff – Standard Rate. (Pay on receipt of bill) – checked October 2018

Cheaper electricity deals are always  available for customers who switch suppliers. For example -a household on Electric Ireland’s standard rates using the average of 4200kWh per year could cut their electricity bill by almost  €200 in the first 12 months by switching supplier. That’s almost a 20% cut.

For more details – see our page on where to switch to  get  the Best Electricity Deals

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