All the electricity providers in Ireland have higher standing charges for rural households compared to urban ones.
ESB Networks assigns the Urban or rural charge rate based on the location of a property.
Rural electricity charges are higher because the electricity suppliers charge a higher standing charge.
ESB Networks charges your Electricity Supplier for use of the Electricity Distribution System.
ESB Networks charge the electricity suppliers €35 a year more a year standing charge for rural compared to urban households.
The logic behind this is that it costs ESB networks more to supply electricity to properties further away from the network.
The electricity suppliers can set their own electricity standing charges. They do not all have to charge customers the same amount.
There is no rural or urban distinction for gas standing charges – because all the gas networks are in urban areas
Urban or Rural Electricity Charges?
You can check if you are on a rural or urban residential standing charge by looking at the top right-hand corner of your electricity bill. You will see either DG1 or DG2 just underneath the MPRN.
Urban customers will be shown as DG1 while DG2 means you are a rural customer.
Cheapest Electricity charges for Rural households.
We did a comparison in September 2022 of the annual rural electricity charges for average usage (4200 kwh). The prices shown are for new customers only on a 1 year contract.
If you sign up with One Big Switch you can take advantage of a discounted electricity offer with Bord Gais Energy . (33% off standard Bord Gais rates for a year.)
Taking account of the upcoming October increase – this discounted rate will work out at an annual bill of €1884 for average usage (Rural).
This is the cheapest electricity deal on offer at the moment – but it may not be around for long.
The next best price is from Electric Ireland at €1999 in year one.
Cheapest Rural Electricity Prices
|Cost in Year One|
for 4200 KwH
(Cent per KwH)
|One Big Switch||€1884||€353||35.3|
These prices are for new customers - so existing customers will probably be paying more.
Figures checked Sept 23rd 2022
On average – a rural household will be charged roughly €45 more a year compared to a household in an urban area. (For the same electricity usage).
Each electricity supplier will charge the same unit rates (kwh) for rural and urban homes – it is just the standing charge that is higher for rural homes.