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Gas & Electricity

How to save money on your energy bills this winter

Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

Winter is almost here, which means one thing for gas and electricity customers - bigger bills! Here's a quick run-through of some of our favourite tips to help you keep your bills down during those long, cold and dark winter nights.

It’s that time of year again. The clocks are going back this weekend, meaning that we’re teetering on the edge of another long and dark winter.

During the summer, eight out of Ireland’s ten energy suppliers hiked their prices and three of those suppliers then announced a second round of price hikes coming into effect next month. As a direct result of these hikes, many energy customers around the country could see their annual bills rise by upwards of €200 which is not ideal for anyone.

The quick fix?

The good news is that the quickest and easiest way to save close to €300 on your energy bills this year, is to switch suppliers if you haven’t done so within the last 12 months.

Most energy suppliers offer substantial discounts to new customers signing up, and these discounts last for the duration of your contract, making for some significant savings! Why pay more for gas and electricity when you don’t have to?

Comparing and switching is super easy and free and only takes a few minutes. All you need is your MPRN, your GPRN and a recent meter reading.

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Tips to help reduce energy consumption

After switching suppliers, the second easiest way to lower your energy bills is to try to reduce your usage. This needn’t be a huge effort or hassle, as there are lots of small everyday changes you can make around the house that will make a decent impact without leaving you sitting in a freezing cold room with the lights off.

Here are 10 of our favourite tips to help you lower your energy consumption - some might surprise you!

Long-term energy efficiency

If you’re looking for some longer-term energy efficiency solutions, here are a few good places to start:

  • Consider getting a NightSaver Meter. This is a second electricity meter which records night time electricity consumption separately from electricity used in the day, allowing customers to avail of a reduced price at night. Whether a NightSaver Meter will benefit you is down to your household’s particular electricity needs.
  • Install a smart home thermostat. These are devices which allow you to control your home’s heating from anywhere in the world using your smartphone. How does this save you money? Well, for example, if you have the ability to turn your heating off remotely, you’ll never have to pay to heat an empty house again!  
  • Invest in some home efficiency measures. Many of us are turned off from putting money towards things such as decent wall and roof insulation, solar panels and the like because of the prohibitive cost of installation, even though such measures lead to significant long-term savings. The good news is there are both grants and loans out there to remove a lot of the financial burden of these kinds of home improvement investments.   

Did we miss anything?

If you've got any top energy-saving tips we might have missed, please let us know in the comments! We'd love to hear from you.


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