Cheapest Electricity in Ireland: Compare Best Prices

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With so many deals available, it can be hard to know who has the cheapest electricity prices in Ireland. We compare the energy market for you to see who has the current cheapest electricity offers, the cheapest gas, the best dual fuels plans, and how to easily compare prices to find the best electricity and gas tariff for your home.


Who is the cheapest electricity supplier in Ireland?

To simplify matters for consumers, we have compared all the current rates available to bring you the cheapest electricity in Ireland prices. See the table below for the cheapest electricity-only deals per supplier. Keep in mind that if your home is connected to the natural gas grid it may also be more cost-effective for you to compare dual-fuel deals.

Cheapest Electricity Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Bright Energy Has stopped trading No longer available
Bord Gáis Energy 39% Discount €1,185.00
Community Power Standard €2,291.59
Ecopower 25% Discount €1,759.42
Electric Ireland 30% Discount €1,280.00
Energia 27% Discount €1,405.44
Flogas 40% Discount
€220 Cashback
€1,349.93
Glowpower

Standard

€3,036.55
Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power 45% Discount €1,376.04
Pinergy Smart Tariff
€100 Cashback
€1,642.34
Prepay Power Time of day tariff €1,692.30
SSE Airtricity 33% Discount €1,214.28
Waterpower Standard €1,985.27
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022

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It is important to keep in mind that the above prices are based on the Estimated Average electricity consumption. To truly know who is Ireland’s cheapest electricity supplier is unfortunately not as straightforward as comparing the above results. Suppliers can change rates several times a year and rarely all at the same time.

There are currently thirteen active residential electricity suppliers in Ireland. Here are some quick facts about these energy providers:

  • Only eight offer dual-fuel plans (Bord Gáis Energy, Electric Ireland, Energia, Flogas, Iberdrola, Panda Power, PrePayPower, and SSE Airtricity).
  • Three offer opt-in prepaid electricity (PAYG). These energy providers are Electric Ireland, Pinergy, and PrePayPower.
  • The other ten suppliers will only offer PAYG when customers are experiencing difficulties paying their electricity bills or have built up debt from previous unpaid bills.

Besides switching to a cheaper tariff, customers can also save money on their bills through collective switching (also known as collective bargaining). Head to our Collective Switch guide for more details on this money-saving method.

What is the cheapest prepaid electricity in Ireland?

Prepaid electricity is also becoming a more popular option. Customers should always keep in mind that even the cheapest prepaid electricity will still be more expensive than direct debit tariffs. See the table below and compare prepaid electricity prices.

Cheapest Prepayment Electricity Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Electric Ireland €150 Cashback €1,655.00
Pinergy €100 Cashback €1,642.34
PrepayPower Standard €1,692.30
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022

Which renewable energy supplier is the cheapest in Ireland?

Only eight suppliers provide 100% renewable electricity in Ireland. If the environment and looking after our planet are important to you, compare the best renewable energy offers in the table below.

Cheapest Electricity Offers from 100% Renewable Suppliers
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Bright Energy** Has stopped trading No longer available
Community Power** Standard €2,291.59
Ecopower** 25% Discount €1,759.42
Energia 27% Discount €1,405.44
Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power 45% Discount €1,376.04
Pinergy Smart Tariff
€100 Cashback
€1,642.34
SSE Airtricity 33% Discount €1,214.28
Waterpower** Standard €1,985.17
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022
**The fuel mix from Bright Energy, Ecopower, Waterpower, and Community Power have yet to be verified by the CRU.

Who has the cheapest nightsaver tariffs in Ireland?

Those with a nightsaver meter will want to compare electricity prices between providers and also compare it to standard or smart meter offers. The type of meter you have in your home can affect your prices. Here is a list of the best nightsaver suppliers in the table below.

Nightsaver Prices in Ireland
Provider 24hr Unit Price Day Unit Price (Nightsaver) Night Unit Price (Nightsaver) Annual Cost (24hr)* Annual Cost (Nightsaver)* Savings (minus Nightsaver standing charge)
Bord Gáis Energy 33.07c 35.57c 17.60c €1,726.00 €1,542.00 €184.00
Electric Ireland 31.30c 33.44c 16.50c €1,673.76 €1,294.00 €379.76
Energia 36.29c 39.76c 19.08c €1,817.04 €1,254.59 €562.45
Ecopower 42.4c 46.1c 23.4c €2,221.42 €1,946.71 €274.71
SSE Airtricity 33.22c 34.67c 18.84c €1,676.93 €1,468.91 €208.02

*Prices include VAT, standing charges, levies, and provider discounts. Last updated August 2022.

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Who is the cheapest gas supplier in Ireland?

We have listed the cheapest gas offers in Ireland in the following table so you can compare gas prices easily. All calculations are based on 11,000kWh of annual gas usage. You will also usually need to sign up for paperless billing and direct debit to take full advantage of any available discounts.

Cheapest Gas Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Bord Gáis Energy 38% discount €929.00
Electric Ireland 14% discount €1,224.00
Energia 15% discount €1,172.05
Flogas

35% discount, €220 Cashback

€1,171.89

Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power 30% discount €1,313.68
PrePayPower Standard €1,456.77
SSE Airtricity 10% discount €1,202.28
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. All discounts and cashback have been applied to price. Calculations based on average consumption figures. Last updated: August 2022

Which supplier has the cheapest prepaid gas in Ireland?

Prepaid gas is also an option. As a rule of thumb, even the best prepaid gas plan will remain more expensive than a direct debit tariff. The following table compares the different prepaid gas prices available in Ireland. It is important to note that Electric Ireland can only offer you prepaid gas if you have an existing pay-as-you-go meter from another supplier, they will not install one for you.

Cheapest Prepayment Gas Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Electric Ireland Standard €1,377.44
Flogas Standard €2,197.24
PrepayPower Standard €1,456.77
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022

Is there an environmentally friendly gas supplier in Ireland?

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Gas emits carbon emissions, it is not a renewable source of energy. That said, SSE Airtricity has come up with an interesting approach to counter this. The company promotes 'green gas' by offsetting these carbon emissions by purchasing credits. Contact them to find out more.

Their gas prices are consequently higher than the competition but, at least you can have a clean conscience knowing your gas consumption is being compensated to counterbalance its effect. It is the only gas provider in Ireland to offer such a product.

Who has the cheapest gas and electricity in Ireland?

Better known as dual fuel (electricity and gas) deals are usually less of a hassle than having two separate suppliers, but are they worth it financially? You can find the cheapest dual fuel offers in the following table.

Cheapest Duel Fuel Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Bord Gáis Energy 39% Electricity discount
39% Gas discount
€2,103.00
Electric Ireland 22% Dual fuel discount €2,521.00
Energia 27% Electricity discount
26% Gas discount
€2,455.39
Flogas

40% Electricity discount
35% Gas discount - €440 Cashback

€2,625.06
Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power 45% dual fuel discount €2,676.83
PrePayPower Standard €3,216.38
SSE Airtricity 33% dual fuel discount €2,168.23
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. All discounts and cashback have been applied to the price. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. Last updated: August 2022

Which supplier has the cheapest prepaid dual fuel plans in Ireland?

Although it is more expensive than any direct debit plan, prepaid gas and electricity is gaining in popularity. The following table compares the best prepaid dual fuel offers on the market. Keep in mind that Electric Ireland will only offer you prepaid gas if you already have a pay-as-you-go meter installed at your home.

Cheapest Prepayment Dual Fuel Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Electric Ireland €150 Cashback electricity and Standard gas €3,032.44
PrepayPower Standard electricity and gas €3,216.38
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022

What is the cheapest renewable dual fuel deal in Ireland?

We compare the best dual fuel plans from 100% renewable energy providers in the table below. Gas being a fossil fuel cannot come from any renewable source. At best, you can offset your gas consumption by purchasing credits to offset the emissions.

Cheapest Dual Fuel Offers from 100% Renewable Suppliers
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Energia 27% Electricity discount
26% Gas discount
€2,455.39
Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power 45% Dual fuel discount €2,676.83
SSE Airtricity 33% Dual fuel discount €2,168.23
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: August 2022

How do I compare gas and electricity prices in Ireland?

Looking to find a cheaper energy deal and save money? It’s quick and easy! We know how expensive household gas and electricity prices in Ireland can be. With so many variables, these tariffs can also be somewhat confusing to understand and make it difficult to compare gas and electricity prices.

We offer three different ways so you can easily compare gas and electricity in Ireland:

  1. Call one of our energy experts
  2. Examine the above cheapest electricity and gas prices in Ireland compilations
  3. Calculate the prices with our complete energy provider pages

We examine the details of each option below.

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Going through each tariff can be incredibly time-consuming given the countless energy providers and electricity tariffs out there. Here at Selectra, we make things easy by doing the hard work for you, freeing up time for the more important things in life.

Since 2007, Selectra has specialised in energy comparisons across Europe. We assist you in switching gas and electricity suppliers so that you don’t overpay for your household utilities.

Armed with just a few details about yourself, your home, and a rough idea of your energy consumption, our expert team of energy advisors compare gas and electricity prices from across the market to find the best deal that suits you.

Give us a call today on 1800 816 036 now to find out how much you could save. We’ll find you a fixed or variable tariff that works for your needs and also advise whether direct debit billing or prepayment is the best option. You can also try to reach the provider's directly, you can find all the contact details for PrepayPower, Flogas, Iberdrola, Panda Power, and Pinergy, and at their respective pages.

What details do I need when calling to compare electricity prices in Ireland?

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  • The name of your current supplier and tariff
  • Your average monthly or annual energy consumption in euros or kWh cost
  • Your contract end date

    *You can find all of this information on your latest bill or through your current energy supplier’s online portal.

Examine our cheapest electricity and gas prices in Ireland compilation

If you prefer to browse current prices yourself, we've already compared current electricity and gas prices in the above sections to find you the best package available today. Click on the section that interests you and discover the latest deals:

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If you prefer, you can also get out your calculator and dive down into your current bill and compare it against other providers' offers.

To compare electricity and gas prices in Ireland, there are a few things you’ll need to know and some items to have on hand to make the whole process easier. You’ll need:

  • A recent bill from your energy supplier (to see unit rates and standing charges).
  • A smartphone, tablet, or computer to check current unit rates and offers with other gas and electricity suppliers.
  • A calculator.

You can calculate your household consumption by looking at your bills over a yearly period and adding up your usage in kWh (kilowatt-hours). You can then use this figure to calculate your consumption costs.

We give you further step-by-step information below on how to calculate your estimated electricity and gas bills so you may compare prices yourself.

Understanding electricity rates

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Several factors go into calculating an electricity bill, and unfortunately for the customer, all the electricity jargon can make understanding your energy bill and comparing deals just that bit more difficult.

We’ll narrow it down here to the seven top items of relevance in understanding your energy bills. This will make it easier for you to compare electricity deals and determine who has the cheapest electricity in Ireland for your home.

1) What is a unit rate/unit price?

The unit rate, also labeled as the unit price on bills, is the amount of money you pay per unit of electricity. It’s important to know what your standard unit rate is so you can better understand how discounts or increases affect it.

2) What is the KWh cost in Ireland (unit rate)?

The unit rate is multiplied by the unit usage, or kWh (kilowatt-hours) used. To simplify matters, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has determined that the average home in Ireland consumes 4200 kWh of electricity and 11,000 kWh of gas in a year.

This then allows providers to calculate in Euros what your average electricity and gas bill will be, known as the Estimated Annual Bill (EAB).

This calculation process ensures every single provider uses the same parameters to quote you a price. By law, every single provider has to indicate the EAB with any plan they offer. Allowing you a direct and easy comparison basis.

Warning Comparing the EAB of each offer is a quick way to assess the cheapest electricity and gas supplier. However, it may not end up being the cheapest for your home.

3) What is a standing charge?

The standing charge is a fixed amount that energy suppliers charge each billing cycle to cover network maintenance and connection charges. In theory, they should be the same for each supplier, but in practice, they differ.

Most suppliers will offer five different categories of electricity standing charges:

  1. Urban 24-hour
  2. Urban Nightsaver
  3. Rural 24-hour
  4. Rural Nightsaver
  5. Smart Meter Charges, often referred to as SST (Standard Smart Tariff)

The urban 24-hour standing charge is often the cheapest electricity standing charge. As such, it is often the base for quotes from an energy company. Therefore, it is worthwhile to check and see which charges your home will have before you decide to switch electricity provider.

If you are unsure which standing charges apply to your home, you can verify any previous electricity bill you’ve received. Under your MPRN you should see a letter and number combination. If it’s “DG1”, then your meter has been designated an urban meter, while “DG2” indicates a rural one.

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4) What is the PSO levy?

The PSO levy is a charge determined by the government and added to all electricity bills, regardless of which electric company you are with. The purpose of the PSO levy is to subsidize development, maintenance, and research into renewable and indigenous sources of electricity.

The PSO levy was changed to €58.56 per year including VAT from October 2021 although you’ll usually see it as a monthly charge on bimonthly electricity bills.

Did you know? Similar to electricity bills, gas users have a carbon tax added to every bill. However, contrary to electricity, the amount of tax you pay on gas is according to your gas usage rather than a fixed amount.

5) What is the VAT?

VAT is added to electricity bills at a rate of 13.5% in Ireland. When comparing offerings from different electricity suppliers, it’s best to remember to check if the VAT has already been included in the offer. Some suppliers may try to entice you to them by omitting the VAT in their tariffs and standing charges. Any EAB pricing received should be inclusive of the VAT.

6) What is a percentage discount?

Many electricity suppliers offer a discount on electricity rates. This discount is only applied to the unit rate before VAT, not the entire bill.

These discounts are often available by selecting a fixed-rate contract for a predetermined period. If you have both electricity and gas in your home, choosing a dual fuel plan with a supplier can further increase the percentage discount on each fuel.

7) What is the cashback or credit offer?

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Sometimes Irish electricity suppliers offer several similar plans, some with discounts and some with cashback or credit.

If cashback is offered, it is usually applied over a series of months against the entire amount of the bill, VAT included. Always check the provider's terms and conditions to see how the cashback or credit will be applied to your bills.

For electricity customers with high average usage of electricity, offers with discounts will usually result in greater savings than offers with cashback, and vice versa for customers with lower electricity usage.

These discounts are often only available to new customers and applied only in the first year. This is why the CRU has an ongoing "switch-on to savings" campaign. A campaign that encourages consumers to change electricity and gas providers every 12 months. Doing so will allow you to continually be on the cheapest electricity offers on the market and bring you savings up to €342 a year.

How do I compare electricity prices?

If you want to compare electricity prices in Ireland from different suppliers yourself to find a cheaper electricity rate, you will need to have the following five elements;

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  1. Your yearly electricity usage
  2. Electricity unit rate
  3. Standing charge
  4. PSO levy
  5. VAT

We suggest you first calculate your annual electricity bill amount based on your current rates and tariff.

You can then use your current electricity prices as a guide to compare electricity prices against the various providers’ offers. This also applies to Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers.

Anyone with discounted hour rates should tally the day, night, and peak hour usage for the year to get an accurate price.

We look at each item in detail below in our easy six-step process to compare electricity prices.

Step 1 - Calculate your current electricity usage

Add up your electricity usage in kWh by looking at your bills over a yearly period (regardless if you switch electricity provider in the same period).

If you are on any discounted rate according to time of day, your bills will show you the usage during the various time frames.

Use these figures to calculate your electricity consumption and therefore get an accurate price comparison.

If you do not have your electricity usage, you will need to use the national average consumption figures to compare. The current average consumption in Ireland is 4200 kWh.

Step 2 - Determine your electricity tariff

You then need to determine the type of tariff you have for your home. The choices are:

  • Urban 24 hour
  • Rural 24 hour
  • Urban Nightsaver
  • Rural Nightsaver
  • Smart Meter Tariff

If you are on a standard 24-hour tariff you will have just one unit rate on your bill.

You can determine if your home is considered urban or rural by looking at your electricity MPRN number on your bill. The letters ‘DG1’ indicate an urban rate designation whereas ‘DG2’ are rural rates.

If you are on a Nightsaver tariff, you will need to divide between the day and the night unit rates.

Smart meter tariffs have three rates (T1, T2, and T3) usually with the following time frames;

  • Smart Meter Time Frames
  • Day rate (8 am to 5 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm)
  • Night rate (11 pm to 8 am)
  • Peak rate (5 pm to 7 pm)

Step 3 - Divide your electricity usage

Once you know how much electricity you are using and the tariff that applies to your home, you are ready to start determining your yearly electricity cost.

Should you not have your household yearly usage and are using the national average consumption of 4200 Kwh to compare electricity prices, here is how you want to break up the electricity used to make the calculations:

  • For a standard 24-hour tariff, you will have just one unit rate on your bill and multiply it by the national average of 4200 kWh.
  • For Nightsaver rates, you will need to calculate your unit rate by multiplying your night unit rate by 1,050 (one-quarter of the average usage rate of 4200), and your day unit rate by 3,150 and add the two resulting figures.
  • For Smart meter rates, you will need to calculate your unit rate by multiplying your night time unit rate by 1,007, your day time unit rate by 2,658, your peak time rate by 535, and then add the three resulting figures.

Of course the more electricity usage you move to Nightsaver hours, the more you could save. This is why it is important to know your household energy usage when you compare electricity prices.

As an example, someone working night shifts will have a much higher daytime electricity usage over night time when they are away from home. Such a Nightsaver rate may not be in their best interest.

On average, nightsaver or smart meter rates will start to be beneficial over 24 hour urban rates if you use at least 25% of your electricity at night time.

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Step 4 - Calculate your electricity standing charges

Once your energy usage costs have been calculated, you still need to add the standing charges on top of these amounts.

The PSO levy is the Public Service Obligation levy. It is used to subsidise renewable and indigenous energy development in Ireland. Once a year, the government determines the PSO amount. It is currently €58.57 including VAT until October of 2022. This amount is the same for all suppliers in Ireland.

You will also need to add the provider's standing charges according to the tariff you will have.

Finally, you need to add the taxes. Like gas, VAT on electricity is set at 13.5%.

Step 5 - Count the various electricity costs

To simplify matters on how to count the total electricity costs, we use the following example below.

Let's take a standard urban 24-hour tariff with no discounts or welcome credit and an electricity unit rate of 17.39 cents per kWh. To determine your annual electricity cost, you would do the following calculations:

Electricity

Annual Amount

Unit rate

(€0.1739 x 4200) + 13.5% = €828.98

Standing charge

€147.75 + 13.5% = €167.70

PSO levy

€58.57

Total

€1055.25

To calculate how much your bill would be with discounts or credit offered by energy suppliers for new customers, repeat the above calculations but apply the discount to the unit rate and subtract any welcome credit from the total amount.

For example, a 20% discount and a 210 Euro cashback credit on the above standard 24-hour tariff would make for the following calculations:

Electricity

Annual Amount

Unit rate

(€0.1739 x (100-20%) x 4200) + 13.5% = €663.19

Standing charge

€147.75 + 13.5% = €167.70

PSO levy

€58.57

Total

€889.46 - €210 cashback = €679.46

Step 6 - Repeat step 5 to compare electricity prices

Once you have determined your current annual electricity cost with the above 5 steps, you simply need to repeat the last step with the pricing of the new provider you are looking to compare electricity in Ireland.

Whichever has the lowest annual cost is your cheapest electricity provider for your home.

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How do I compare gas prices?

Similar to electricity, you will need to have the following five elements to compare gas prices from different suppliers and find the cheapest gas prices in Ireland;

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  1. Your yearly gas usage
  2. Gas unit rate
  3. Standing charge
  4. Carbon tax
  5. VAT

We suggest you calculate your annual gas bill amount based on your current gas rates and tariff first.

You can then use your current gas prices as a guide to compare gas prices against the various providers’ offerings. This also applies to Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers.

Unlike electricity, gas does not usually come with discounted hourly rates. This makes gas prices much easier to calculate in comparison to calculating electricity prices.

We look at each item in detail below in our easy five-step process to compare gas prices.

Step 1 - Calculate your current gas usage

You can calculate your gas consumption by looking at your bills over a yearly period and adding up your usage in kWh (kilowatt-hours).

Use these figures to calculate your gas consumption and therefore get an accurate price comparison.

If you do not have your gas usage, you will need to use the national average consumption figures to compare. The current average consumption in Ireland is 11,000 kWh.

Step 2 - Determine your gas tariff

You then need to determine the type of tariff you have for your home. Gas is different from electricity as the price is not dependent on your geographical location or time of day.

The majority of homes will have one gas rate to use to calculate their yearly cost.

To know your current gas tariff, look at your most recent gas bill and see the unit rates used and kWh cost.

Then, you simply need to multiply the unit rate by the amount of gas you use in a year (step 1).

Step 3 - Calculate your gas standing charges

Once you have calculated your gas usage costs, you still need to add the standing charges on top of these amounts.

Gas standing charges are divided into three categories: an annual fee from your provider, a carbon tax per kWh of gas used, and finally, the VAT.

For homes with a gas PAYG meter, the process for calculating their annual bill is the same except they will also have to add in the annual PAYG service charge.

The carbon tax is set by the government and is usually updated yearly. It is currently at 0.00688 cents, including VAT, per kWh.

The VAT is then added at a rate of 13.5%.

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Step 4 - Count the various gas costs

To explain how to count the total gas costs, we use the following example below.

Using a standard gas tariff with no discounts or welcome credit, a gas unit rate of 5.75c excluding VAT, the calculation would be as follows:

Gas

Annual Amount

Unit rate

(€0.0575 x 11000) + 13.5% = €717.89

Standing charge

€90 + 13.5% = €102.15

Carbon tax

0.00688 x 11000 = €75.68

Total

€895.72

The total above represents a standard tariff with no discounts or free credit for switching.

Discounts are usually only against the standard unit rate, not the entire amount billed. If you’ve been with your supplier for over a year then chances are you have defaulted to a standard rate tariff.

To calculate how much your bill would be with discounts or credit offered by gas suppliers for new customers, repeat the above calculations and apply the discount to the unit rate as well as subtract any welcome credit from the total amount.

For example; a 15% discount and a 120 Euro cashback credit on the above standard gas tariff would make for the following calculations:

Gas

Annual Amount

Unit rate

(€0.0575 x (100-15%) x 11000) + 13.5% = €610.20

Standing charge

€90 + 13.5% = €102.15

Carbon tax

0.00688 x 11000 = €75.68

Total

€788.03 - €120 cashback = €668.03

Step 5 - Repeat step 4 to compare gas prices

Once you have determined your current annual gas cost with the above four steps, just repeat the last step with the pricing of the new provider you want to compare gas prices with.

Whichever has the lowest annual cost is the cheapest gas provider for your home.

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How do I compare dual fuel prices?

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Don't feel like getting out the calculator to compare? No problem, see other options in our how to compare gas and electricity prices in Ireland section for some easy alternatives.

Otherwise, you can calculate your current rates for electricity and gas as shown in the above sections, known as dual fuel tariffs.

The only difference with calculating a dual fuel offer is that you will need to verify whether any discounted unit rates apply to both fuels or just against one of the two.

Even though you may prefer to deal with just one provider, sometimes a better deal can be had by splitting your electricity and gas between two different providers. Therefore, it is important to check all these factors when you compare electricity and gas prices in Ireland.

If you have any further doubts about reading your utility bill or are confused by the terminology, we recommend you check out our guide to understanding your utility bill.

Did you know? Comparing your current tariffs to other electricity and gas suppliers every 12 months is the best way to save money and keep your energy bills down. In fact, the CRU recommends switching energy providers every 12 months.

Is changing energy suppliers worth it?

Now that you know your estimated annual bill with your current supplier, you can calculate the savings you could make by changing suppliers.

In most cases, if you have defaulted onto a standard tariff and are changing to a discounted one, you can usually save more.

With the above examples, we can see that you could save over €500 per year just by changing suppliers. With such savings, it’s no wonder the CRU recommends doing this every 12 months!

Before changing though, there are other factors you should consider apart from pricing. See our recommendations on how to switch providers for complete details.

How do I change energy suppliers?

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So you’ve compared gas and electricity prices and are ready to change suppliers. We have good news for you.

While years ago switching energy providers resulted in a mountain of paperwork, switching nowadays is relatively painless. You can either call the provider's customer service line or switch directly online. In some cases, you may receive a physical paper contract to sign and that’s it!

If you like the sound of one of our exclusive tariffs here at Selectra, we will handle the switch for you and set you up with a switching date. Your new energy provider will take care of the rest for you. There will be no need to contact your old provider and cancel your contract.

Warning If you are still in contract with your current provider, you may be charged an exit fee for switching. Do check the fine print of your contract or you could receive a nasty surprise with your final bill.

How long will it take to switch?

Your switch will take approximately 15 days, including a 14-day cooling-off period. During these 14 days, you’re free to cancel without any penalties and stay with your current supplier if you change your mind. Changing providers should not take more than 28 days.

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