The price of wholesale gas rose during 2022 and we saw price rises from all the energy suppliers in Ireland in 2022 and 2023. Prices started to come back down in Autumn of 2023.
There are many ways to reduce your energy bills and cut down on energy usage in the home, some of the best methods include:
Switching Energy Supplier:
One easy and free way to cut energy bills is to switch to a cheaper supplier. Most energy companies offer more reasonable rates for new customers . Some households could reduce bills by over €500 in a year by switching.
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
Energy-efficient appliances use less energy and can help you save money on your energy bills in the long run. Look for the energy rating label on appliances . The label uses a scale of A to G, with A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. There are also higher ratings of A+, A++, and A+++, which represent even greater energy efficiency.
Change to LED light bulbs:
LED light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they last much longer.
Adjust your thermostat:
Lowering your room thermostat by just a few degrees can significantly reduce your energy usage and save you money on your energy bills. You can also lower the temperature setting on your boiler to save energy.
You could also install Thermostatic Radiator Valves to avoid overheating unused rooms.
Insulate your home:
Insulating your home properly can help keep it warm in the winter (and cool in the summer), reducing the need for heating. More info about Grants for Insulation Here .
Block any Chimneys to stop heat from escaping. You can use breathable chimney draught excluders to avoid condensation inside the chimney. See below…
Seal any draughts around doors and windows
Unplug devices when not in use:
Many devices continue to use energy even when they’re turned off, so it’s a good idea to unplug them when you’re not using them.
Use a microwave, air fryer or slow cooker instead of your oven when possible.
Use natural light:
Use natural light as much as possible instead of artificial lighting, especially during the day.
Use power strips: Power strips can help you save energy by allowing you to easily turn off multiple devices at once when they’re not in use.