What is the Average Electricity Bill in Ireland ?

When householders start looking into the high cost of electricity – it can be useful to compare their electricity to other households. But – what is the average electricity bill in Ireland in Winter 2021 ?

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 modern appliances become more energy efficient. But the increasing number of electrical gadgets and appliances in our homes is also helping to keep the average electricity consumption high.

The most recent electricity usage figures for Ireland, produced by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) ,  say that 4200kWh is now the “official” average annual electricity usage for households in Ireland. (Reference)

How Much does Electricity Cost 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 €1274. (Urban 24 hour rates , Inclusive of VAT PSO and standing charges.)

Electric Ireland charges 23.97c  per kWh and a Standing Charge of €209 including VAT.

This would work out at as : –

  • an average annual electricity bill of €1274 or
  • an average of €212  for each 2 monthly bill.
  • an average of €106 if you pay monthly by direct debit.

If you live in a rural area, you can expect to pay about €30 to €50 more per year than this for average usage.  See a comparison of Rural Electricity Charges here

How much does 1 Kwh of Electricity cost in Ireland?

One “unit” or one KwH of electricity costs about 30 cents  (inclusive of taxes, PSO levy and standing charges).
This figure is based on the annual usage of 4200 units at Electric Ireland’s standard rates.

It is possible to get cheaper priced electricity than this. An average usage household could cut their electricity bill by as much as €1000 in the first year by switching suppliers.
For more details – see our page on switching providers to get  the Cheapest Electricity in Ireland

Average Electricity Bills in Ireland

We have estimated what might be typical electricity usage and bills for different types of households.

The figure of 4200 kWh electricity usage per year is an average for all households – but obviously not all households are “average”.


Usage Kwh


1 / 2  Bed
1/ 2 Bed
(All Electric)
2 Bed  Semi3000€981€82€163
3/4 Bed Semi4200€1272€106€212
3/4 Bed
5/6 Bed

The prices above are based on Electric Ireland’s Urban 24 hr Tariff – Standard Rate from Nov 1st 2021. (Pay on receipt of the bill) .

Cheaper electricity deals are available for customers who switch suppliers.

For example – an average household paying Electric Ireland’s standard rates could cut their electricity bill by around €320 in the first year by switching electricity providers.

Take a look at our Comparison of Electricity Prices in Ireland

It’s interesting to see that a 100% increase in electricity usage from 2100 kWh to 4200 kWh results in overall electricity bills only increasing by 62%.  This anomaly is because a large part of the bill is made up of standing charges.

How Much Have Electricity Charges Increased ?

This is a summary of the changes in the annual electricity charges for an average usage home in Ireland over the past 5 years : (based on Electric Ireland standard rates)

  • €947 in mid 2017
  • €1063 in October 2018
  • €1005 in January 2019 (A decrease)
  • €1044 in October 2019
  • €1013 in April 2020 (Decrease)
  • €1098 in October 2020
  • €1272 November 2021

From April 2020 to November 2021 – electricity charges have increased by 25%

Which Appliances Use the Most Electricity?

A “unit” of electricity is 1kwh and costs about 24c.

One Kwh or “one unit” is the amount of energy you would use if you kept a 1,000 watt appliance running for an hour:

Here are some calculations of how long it would take for various appliances to use 4kWh and cost you about €1 Euro .

  • Using a 10,000-watt electric shower for 24 minutes
  • Keeping an immersion heater (3,000 watts) on for 80 minutes
  • Cooking in a 2,000-watt oven for 2 hours.
  • Tumble Dryer – running for 2 hours min (will vary by model – see Tumble Dryer Usage
  • Ironing with a 1,500 watt iron for 3 hours.
  • Using a dishwasher for about an 4 hours (1,000 – 1,500 watts)
  • Watching a plasma TV (280 – 450 watts) – about 10 hours
  • Keeping a fridge-freezer (200 – 400 watts) on for about 12 hours
  • Using a laptop (20 – 50 watts) 100 hours
  • Keep a 5 watt LED light bulb on for 800 hours

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4 thoughts on “What is the Average Electricity Bill in Ireland ?

  1. Hi I’m looking for advice my land lord of a 1 bedroom apartment wants 130 per month for electric the heating is eco radiators, microwave the usual appliances electric shower. I think this is overcharging. It should be around €60 I recon, 130 year round is a rip off. What’s your advice? Regards Jackie

    • If the apartment is fully electric for heating and hot water – then that €130 a month is not too bad.
      But if you are not going to be using electricity very much – it may be a bit more than you would pay if you were billed directly.
      It could possibly cost you more if you were paying bills yourself especially if you keep the heating on a lot in winter.
      At least the charge is fixed – so it does mean you don’t have to worry about staying too long in the shower or keeping the apartment warm on a cold day.

      Without a separate meter – the landlord will not know how much you are using.

  2. Good morning,
    our apartment has a night & day meter (gold shield system)
    Question: we heat the water from 5am – 6:15am (1 hour) – how much would it cost to heat the the water?

    • The cost of heating will depend on the temperature of the water, the size of the immersion tank and the power of the immersion. A typical immersion heater uses three kilowatts of electricity an hour – so that would be about 70c.

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