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 an 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 electricity consumption higher.
The most recent electricity 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 electricity bill of €1035.
Electric Ireland charges 19.74c per kWh, including VAT. (October 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.
That works out at just under €0.25 per unit (kWh) (inclusive of taxes, PSO levy and standing charges)
You can get cheaper electricity – 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 August 2019
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 around €200 in the first 12 months by switching supplier. That’s almost a 20% cut.
It’s interesting to see that doubling your electricity usage by 100% from 2000 kWh to 4000 kWh only results in your electricity charges increasing by 66% .
For more details – see our page on where to switch to get the Best Electricity Deals