Cheapest Electricity Prices in Ireland.

Our price comparison shows that bill reductions of as much as €900 can be made in just one year by switching to the deal from the cheapest electricity supplier. (Based on Average Usage)

Currently, there are 8 different residential electricity suppliers in the country. As a result, it can be difficult to find out who has the Cheapest Electricity Prices in Ireland.

The supplier who has the lowest unit rate per Kwh may not work out as the cheapest overall when standing charges and promotional offers are included.

The figures shown in our electricity price comparison are based on a household electricity usage of 4200 kWh per year. This would be typical of a 3 or 4-bedroomed household with 3 or 4 occupants.
The prices shown are for new customers only. The prices include the VAT reduction on energy.

Any cashback offers are included in the prices.

Who is the Cheapest Electricity Supplier in Ireland?

Prices were checked for new customers on November 22nd 2022 . One-year contracts only.

The 3 Cheapest Electricity Prices

(Cheapest First)
Price of Electricity
in Year One
for 4200 KwH
Electric Ireland€2021

Electric Ireland is the lowest priced option at €2021 in year one.

Figures could vary based on your usage – so you can do your own comparison at the Switcher website.

You can also register at One Big Switch which often arranges good deals with energy providers for members.

Note – This Electricity Price Comparison is based on the kWh rate for the Residential 24 Hour Urban Tariff. Prices are rounded to the nearest Euro and include  VAT, Standing Charges ,PSO Levy and any cashback offers.
The prices shown above are for new customers only.

It’s important to stress that even if you have previously switched – you could save even more by switching again. After a year on a discounted rate – the energy suppliers will usually put you on their standard rates.

You can see an electricity price comparison for rural tariffs here.

Who Is The Most Expensive Electricity Supplier in Ireland?

These are the charges for average usage customers on standard rates (not introductory discount offers). The suppliers with the highest bills are shown first. (Figures correct as of 22nd Nov 2022)

Electricity SupplierAnnual Electricity Bill
Flogas€2983 (Most Expensive Standard Tariff)
Bord Gais€2305
PrePay Power€2240
SSE Airtricity€2267
Electric Ireland€2120
Most Expensive Electricity in Ireland October 2022

Lowest Electricity Standing Charges

Standing Charges can make up a significant part of your electricity bills in Ireland. You will pay a standing charge even if you cut your electricity usage to zero.
These are the current annual standing charges made by the main electricity suppliers in Ireland – showing the lowest price first.( Figures from Nov 2nd 2022).

There is also a government PSO levy which has just been reduced to zero – but it is going to be reduced again soon .

Standing Charge
(Inc VAT)
Energia€237 (Lowest Standing Charge)
SSE Airtricity€241
Bord Gais Energy€281
Electric Ireland€303
Prepay Power€534 (Highest)

How many units of electricity does a household use per day in Ireland?

On average – a house in Ireland will use about 12 units of electricity a day – ( 4200 units in a year.)

If you also have gas you should probably take a look at our Dual Fuel Comparison

If you are not an average user of electricity – see some more comparison figures for electricity prices here.

Switch and Save Every Year

The central message is that you can easily save between €300 and €1000 in one year by changing your electricity provider.
Even if you already switched your electricity supplier more than a year ago – it is worth your while switching again.  You should treat energy supply like insurance, shop around and look for the cheapest electricity deal once a year. Loyalty does not pay.

The main energy price comparison sites sometimes don’t automatically include cashback offers in their calculations. The figures in the table above do include all cashback offers.

Figures could vary based on your usage – so do your own comparison at the Switcher website.

Most suppliers will sign you up for a 12-month contract. You will usually be charged an exit fee of around €50 if you leave early.
Our advice is to compare electricity prices after the contract is up and switch again to the supplier with the cheapest electricity prices in Ireland. Sometimes paying the exit fee could be worth it if a new supplier is offering a very good deal.

Find some useful energy saving tips here .

Finally, if you are interested in other ways of reducing household bills – you should check the following articles.

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See more here about Average Electricity Bills in Ireland

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