Electric Ireland Higher Standing Charges for Low Usage

Most people are probably not aware that  Electric Ireland has higher electricity standing charges for  Low Usage Customers.

It is €31 a year more than the normal standing charge.

This equates to approximately € 5.25 (inc. VAT)  extra per two monthly billing period.
The higher charge is only applicable to customers who use on average 2 kWh or less of electricity per day, equivalent to less than 122 kWh over 2 months.

The Low Usage Standing Charge does not apply to customers in receipt of a Free Electricity Allowance or  customers on Household Budget Plan and Pay As You Go meters

This higher charge is aimed mainly at vacant properties .

The charge has been in place for over 10 years now – and Electric Ireland says it is to “enable them to recover the costs associated with providing electricity to customers with very low consumption. These costs include a combination of the fixed charges associated with meter reading, network maintenance and a share of the supply costs incurred in servicing electricity accounts.”

Other electricity providers don’t have a low usage charge. (as far as we can see).

At the moment (March 2022) low electricity usage households would be better off switching to Iberdrola with their €200 cashback offer. (Their prices may be increasing soon though.)

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