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 – but the increasing number of electrical gadgets and appliances in our homes is also helping to keep electricity consumption higher.
Recent electricty usage figures , produced by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) , 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 €1006.
This would work out at as an average electricity bill of €168 for each 2 monthly bill – inclusive of VAT PSO and standing charges.
That works out at just under €0.24 per unit or kWh
The CER 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
|Is this an All Electric Household?||Typical
| 1 or 2 Bed
|1 0r 2 Bed
| 2 Bed Semi
| 3/4 Bed Semi
| 3/4 Bed Detatched
|4/6 Bed Detached||No||8000||€1685||€281|
Prices are based on Electric Ireland’s Urban 24 hr Tariff – Standard Rate. (Pay on receipt of bill) – checked June 2018
Cheaper electricity deals are usually available for new customers who switch suppliers – for example -a household on Electric Ireland’s standard rates using 4200kWh per year could cut their electricity bill by as much as €230 in the first 12 months by switching supplier. That’s more than a 20% cut.
For more details – see our page on where to switch to get the Best Electricity Deals