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Electricity bills

SAVE ENOUGH FOR A SAMSUNG 19-INCH LED TELLY

The ESB is ridiculously expensive. Unless you want to subsidise dinky electric cars and other mad ideas, you'd be a bit silly to stick with it. For someone paying €125 per month on the standard ESB tariff. You'll be charged an extortionate rate if you insist on paying by cheque and actually getting a bill posted out to you. It's worth switching to get all the savings from paying by direct debit or getting an online bill. Quotes from bonkers.ie


Best: Airtricty ebilling/direct debit €1,318.39 per year
Avoid: ESB standard €1,500
Saving: €171.61

 

Home broadband

SAVE ENOUGH FOR A DELONGHI EXPRESSO MACHINE

Fair play to RTE. There's an awful lot of old rubbish coming out of Montrose, but RTE's Player service is genius. It's completely changing the way people watch telly. You don't have to sit through reality TV hell every night - simply crank up your laptop and catch up with the episode of Love/Hate or the Mario Rosenstock show that you missed. But you'll need decent broadband. Both of the packages below are for 24Mb broadband, which is fast enough to download a movie in less than a week. Average monthly cost quotes from telecom's regulator Comreg.

Best: Magnet Simply Broadband €40 per month
Avoid: Eircom Turbo €74.56
Saving: €414.72 in year one

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