Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

cheapest gas irelandWhat are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland ?

Updated April 14th 2019

Our latest Electricity and Gas Price comparison shows that, for average usage  households ,  switching energy supplier could save  €411 in just one year.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland have never switched energy providers. Recent figures show that around  half of all electricity and gas customers  have never switched supplier.
Of those that have switched to get a cheaper deal  – 51% have just gone back on the default standard rates after the discounted rate ended.


Note: The price comparisons below are based on what might be typical usage in a medium sized house, using gas for both heating and hot water. ( 11000 Kwh of  Gas and 4200 kwH of Electricity a year .) The prices shown include any cashback offers.

We have assumed that the household is currently on the standard rate of Electricity with Electric Ireland and on the standard rates for gas with Bord Gais Energy. The total charge for both fuels for such a household would be €1881 over the next 12 months .


Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

  1. The current best price for switching both fuels  to one supplier is available  on the Energia website using the promo code CHEAPESTDUAL .
    You will get €50 cashback and 35% off their standard electricity rates and 34% off their gas rates for a year. This deal will work out at €1470 in year one.(including the €50 cashback).  A saving of €411 in just one year (You won’t get this deal with Bonkers or Switcher.) .


  2.  If you are already with Energia – then the best value switching deal for a dual fuel bundle is from  Electric Ireland . Their offer with the €200 cashback offer included  works out at  €1537 over the first year .

    TIP: You can switch back to Energia as soon as you get the €200 cashback from Electric Ireland . You will need to pay a €100 exit fee – but you will still be €100 up.

Other Prices:  Panda Power €1597 ; Bord Gais Energy €1634


 

 Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

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Cheapest Electricity Provider in Ireland

Many thousands of people in Ireland have never switched electricity provider  – (about 36% of all  households) . By switching to the cheapest electricty provider, those households could save ,on average , €206  in just 12 months on electricity bills.

Electric Ireland  (formerly ESB)  used to be the only domestic Electricity Provider  in Ireland – but since deregulation in 2011 , thousands of households have switched to other suppliers such as  Energia , SSE Airtricity  or Bord Gais Energy  in order to get cheaper electricity prices.

The electricity switching market is very competitive,  with companies regularly doing special offers, discount codes or other promotions such as cashback.


Who has the Best Electricity Deal in Ireland in April 2019 ?

We carried out a comparison of Electricity prices in Ireland for new customers in April 2019 and this is what we found:

Electricity Usage
Cheapest Provider
(Over 1st Year)
Next Best
High (6000kWh)Energia - €1100 BE Energy €1141
Medium (4200 kWh)Energia - €838Electric Ireland €846
Low (3000 kWH)Electric Ireland €625Energia €665

For Higher Usage:
Electricity usage will be higher in larger homes with 4 or more occupants –  and also in smaller households that use only electricity for heating and hot water.  Electricity consumption figures of 6000 kwH per year would be possible for higher usage households .

The  best switching deal for higher usage homes is with Energia . They have a special offer only available through the Energia website. You need to enter the promo code CHEAPESTELEC and this will get you 36% off their standard electricity rates for 12 months.
This will work out at €1100 in the first year. (Paying by Direct Debit).  This is a saving of €299 compared to Electric Ireland’s standard rates (Non DD) .
The next best deal for 6000 kWh usage is from BE Energy at €1141.


Medium Usage
For medium sized homes that probably use gas , oil  or solid fuel to provide heating and hot water ,  an annual electricity usage  of about 4200 Kwh a year would be typical. (This is the average national usage.)
The best deal currently would be to switch your electricity to Energia  . This offer works out at €838 ( with a 1 year 36% discount) and is only available  online with Promo code CHEAPESTELEC at the Energia Website.

This is a saving of €206 on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.


Best for Lower Usage :
Smaller households will use less electricity. Typical usage for a 1 or 2 person household that doesn’t use electricity for heating might be 3000kwh per year.
If you are not currently with Electric Ireland for your Electricity supply – then the best deal for lower usage households would be to use Switcher.ie to switch to Electric Ireland and go for their €150 cashback offer . This will work out as a year one price of €625 for 3000kwh.

The next best deal is to switch to Energia . This will work out at €665 in year one  . (This Offer of  36% discount  is only available online with Promo code CHEAPESTELEC through the Energia Website.

Bord Gais Energy will work out at €700 in year one.


In all cases – after the first 12 months , households should look into switching again to obtain the best deal.

See a Summary of the cheapest Electricity  prices here

If you also have gas – take a look at  our  Dual Fuel Price Comparison 


Cashback offers are not included in comparison sites calculations – but we include them. So don’t assume the cheapest deal shown on the comparison sites are actually the best available. Cashback offers can often make a very big difference to the overall cost- especially for lower usage households.


You should really think about switching your energy supplier every 12 months to take advantage of all these special offers – otherwise most providers will just put you back on their standard rates after the first year.
It only takes a few minutes – and as we have shown it can easily save you in the region of €250 just on electricty bills over a year.

Figures correct 5th April 2019

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Bus Eireann School Transport Tickets

School Transport 2019/2020  : Applying for Bus Eireann School Transport Tickets Online

Applications for School Transport for new pupils starting Primary or Post Primary school in Aug/Sept 2019  opened on Monday, 4th March 2019 .

Only pupils starting school will need to apply ;-  existing pupils who currently hold tickets will be contacted about payments in July 2019 .

The closing date for applications for new school bus tickets for the  school year 2019/20 is   Friday, 26th April 2019.
Late applications will be accepted but will not be guaranteed a seat.

 


Payments for the school year 2019/20  :

There are two payment options available for  the 2019/20 School Year:-

The full amount due can be paid on or before the 26th July 2019 in which case an Annual Ticket for the full school year will be issued .

OR half of the amount due can be paid by the  26th July 2019 and a ticket valid for travel up to 20th December 2019 will be issued. The balance  (50%) must then be paid by 22nd November 2019. A further ticket, valid for travel up to the end of the school year will then be issued.

Making Payment –  the simplest option is to pay online at http://www.buseireann.ie

If it is not possible to make payment online, cheques/money orders should be made payable to Bus Éireann and posted to your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.

  

bus eireann school bus tickets

 

 
Charges

  • For secondary school pupils the charge is  €350 per pupil or 2 payments of €175. (Max per family of €650) .
  • For primary school buses the fare is  €100 per pupil or 2 payments of €50 (Max per family of €220).
  • There is an exemption for Medical Card holders.

To pay for Bus Eireann School Bus Tickets online you need to have your Bus Eireann family ID and PIN;  You can  pay by  VISA or  MasterCard .
You can also enter the details of Medical Cards, if applicable. A  medical card acts as a waiver to fees for the school transport.


 You can apply online for your Bus Eireann school bus pass here.

Contact numbers for local Bus Éireann School Transport Offices

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow ,Meath  01 8302222

Louth, Monaghan, Cavan  042 682 5900

Westmeath, Longford, Offaly Roscommon, Laois  09064 73277

Mayo    096 71816

Cork  021 4557137

Clare, Tipperary (North), Limerick  061 217484

Galway  091 537530

Sligo, Leitrim  071 9160440

Donegal  074 9131008

Waterford, Tipperary (South),  Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford  051 873401

Kerry  066 7164750

From www.buseireann.ie website

 

 

Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Prices checked April 12th 2019

A survey of fixed broadband usage in Ireland by COMREG published in 2018, found that the average spend on a landline and broadband bundle in 2017 was €59 a month ( €708 a year) .
Comreg also found that over 26% of households were spending more than €71 a month on phone and broadband bundles. (That is €852 a year)  .


There are substantial savings to be made by switching to a cheaper broadband provider.

  • Someone paying the average price of €708 a year could save as much as €288 in 12 months by switching their broadband and landline to the cheapest provider (cost €420).
  • The 26% of people in Ireland who are paying at least €852 a year could save  €432 in 12 months by switching.

We have compared the prices of some broadband packages to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

cheapest broadband ireland

These are the current top five cheapest fixed line broadband and phone bundles in Ireland with:

  • unlimited broadband data
  • unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .
  • Speeds of “upto” 100Mb (actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases).

Any caps on “unlimited” data are shown below.

These deals are usually only available for new customers and may not be available in all areas of the country.

Prices Checked April 12th 2019

1. Pure Telecom have a fibre and phone “bill save” bundle costing €420 in year one.  This is a saving of €228 in one year compared to the most expensive option on our list . The normal monthly charge is €50 , but it is reduced to €35 for the first 12 months. (“Bill Save” bundle) . Pure Telecom  use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls are included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract. Join Pure Here

2. Vodafone have a broadband and phone bundle  priced at €420 for the first year .  With broadband speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish landlines . Vodafone’s bundle costs €45 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months). It is an 12 month contract.  More details can be found on  this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

3. Sky have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb , unlimited downloads and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €42.50 (works out at €560 in year one including equipment charges).

4. Eir – currently have a phone and broadband  bundle working out at €579.75  in year one .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles.
The usual price is €69.98 a month,  reduced to €44.98 for the first 12 months. This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines and mobiles .   You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

5. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 250Mb speeds , anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles, plus 400 minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €64 a month (reduced to €44 for first 6 months) . This would cost €648 in the first year. (12 month contract).  Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

 


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include anytime calls to landlines)

 

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Pure Telecom €420 €50 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Vodafone
€420 €45 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Sky *
€560 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Eir
€579.75 €69.98 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Virgin Media
€648 €64 250Mb Unlimited

Note:All above bundles include anytime landline calls. There may be cheaper bundles with off peak calls – but we have limited our comparison for now to those with anytime calls.

You can check current broadband prices and availability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

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