Now that spring is over and winter is raising its frosty head again, can torrential rain be far away? you don't need to be from the Met Office to forecast that the central heating is back on in most Irish households. Sadly it seems there's still a large gas bill or two to come. Fear not - even with prices rising in the oil and natural gas market over the past year, there are still savings to be had if you shop around. If you're with Bord Gais and spend around the natural average on natural gas, you could save yourself over a hundred quid by giving Flogas a call.
Best: Flogas €762.29
Avoid: Bord Gais €875.69
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If you haven't shopped around for your electricity recently, you're probably paying more than you need to. Many Irish consumers changed suppliers on discounted rates over the past three years, but most of those bonus tariffs have now ended. trhe average user who signed up to Airtricity's Smart Saver with e-Bill and no direct debit two years ago could save themselves €150 per year by switching to Bord Gais Energy. Checking your individual circumstances takes only a few minutes on bonkers.ie and is worth your while.
Best: Bord Gais Energy €965.01
Avoid: Airtricity Smart Saver Standard €1,115.53
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