Gas & Electricity Price Changes

All changes to energy price plans are shown below

Company
Price Change Details
Announced
Effective
Impact
  • Flogas Natural Gas
    Flogas Natural Gas

    Flogas now offering a 25% discount to new customers who sign up for their direct debit tariff.

    04/12/2018

    Announcement date

    Flogas now offering a 25% discount to new customers who sign up for their direct debit tariff.

    04/12/2018

    Effective date


  • SSE Airtricity
    SSE Airtricity

    Increase of 6.3% to the standard rates on electricity and an increase of 6.9% to the standard rates on gas.

    04/11/2018

    Announcement date

    Increase of 6.3% to the standard rates on electricity and an increase of 6.9% to the standard rates on gas.

    04/12/2018

    Effective date


  • Just Energy
    Just Energy

    Pricing adjustments across 'RateSaver' fixed-price tariffs. Rate decrease on the 12-Month fixed for both gas and electricity. Rate increase on the 24-Month fixed for both gas and electricity.

    31/10/2018

    Announcement date

    Pricing adjustments across 'RateSaver' fixed-price tariffs. Rate decrease on the 12-Month fixed for both gas and electricity. Rate increase on the 24-Month fixed for both gas and electricity.

    02/11/2018

    Effective date


  • Just Energy
    Just Energy

    Standing charge on 24-Month Fixed Price tariff updated. Price increase on electricity annual standing charge and a decrease on gas annual standing charge.

    26/10/2018

    Announcement date

    Standing charge on 24-Month Fixed Price tariff updated. Price increase on electricity annual standing charge and a decrease on gas annual standing charge.

    26/10/2018

    Effective date


  • Pinergy
    Pinergy

    An increase of 7.89% on Pinergy's standard rates for electricity.

    07/10/2018

    Announcement date

    An increase of 7.89% on Pinergy's standard rates for electricity.

    07/11/2018

    Effective date


How much does gas and electricity cost in Ireland?

The average annual electricity bill in Ireland is €1,005.22 and the average annual gas bill is €817.69. So, the average household energy bill is €1,822.91 over the course of a year.

The electricity calculation is based on Electric Ireland’s standard electricity rate for customers who use the national average amount of electricity in a year, which is 4,200 kWh.

The gas calculation is based on Bord Gáis Energy’s standard gas price plan for customers who consume the national average amount of gas, which is 11,000 kWh.

If you use more gas and electricity than the national average, your costs will be higher. If you use less, your costs will be lower.

If you live in a big house with a low BER rating and use appliances and devices that require a lot of electricity, your bills are likely to be a good bit bigger than the national average.

For example, if you consume 50% more electricity and gas than the national average, your bills will be about €1,403.75 for electricity and €1,177.26 for gas, including all taxes and charges.

Similarly, if your home is small and well insulated, your consumption will probably be much lower than the national average. If you use 50% less than the national average for gas and electricity, your annual bills will be €606.70 for electricity and €458.12 for electricity.

As you can see, the cost of gas and electricity largely depends on how much energy you consume over the course of a year.

The tables below give a breakdown of how much gas and electricity cost in Ireland, depending on how much energy you consume.

How much does electricity cost in Ireland?

Annual Consumption Difference to national average Estimated annual cost
2,100 kWh -50% €606.70
3,150 kWh -25% €805.96
4,200 kWh 0% €1,005.22
5,250 kWh 25% €1,204.48
6,300 kWh 50% €1,403.75

How much does gas cost in Ireland?

Annual Consumption Difference to national average Estimated annual cost
5,500 kWh -50% €458.12
8,250 kWh -25% €637.91
11,000 kWh 0% €817.69
13,750 kWh 25% €997.48
16,500 kWh 50% €1,177.26

What charges make up my gas and electricity bill?

In Ireland, electricity bills are made up of unit rates, standing charges, the PSO levy and VAT. Gas bills are made up of unit rates, standing charges, Carbon Tax and VAT.

In the case of pay-as-you-go electricity or gas, a prepayment service charge is also included.

Unit rates are set by suppliers and are charged based on how much gas and electricity you use. Standing charges are also set by suppliers and are charged daily.

Value-added tax (VAT) and Carbon Tax are set by the Irish Government. VAT on energy prices is set at 13.5% and Carbon Tax is set at €20 per tonne.

The Public Service Obligation (PSO) Levy is set by the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU). The PSO Levy is used to subsidise renewable energy generation and peat burning power plants in Ireland. The levy currently stands at and is charged to all electricity customers in Ireland.

The prepayment service charge is set by Ireland’s pay-as-you-go gas and electricity suppliers.

What charges make up an electricity bill in Ireland?

Supplier Price plan Unit rate per kWh Standing charge per day PSO levy VAT Year one cost
Bord Gáis Energy 21% Discount (Paperless, Direct Debit & Level Pay) 15.48 cent 43.6 cent €41.76 13.5% €856.74
Energia Cheapest Electricity 15 cent 49.55 cent €41.76 13.5% €893.53
BEenergy Freedom 17.01 cent 39.8 cent €41.76 13.5% €907.25
SSE Airtricity 1 Year Electricity (Direct Debit & eBill) 23% Discount 16.34 cent 49.53 cent €41.76 13.5% €914.64
Just Energy Rate Saver 12M Fixed Online Exclusive (Direct Debit, Online billing) 18.13 cent 41.48 cent €41.76 13.5% €950.11

What charges make up a gas bill in Ireland?

Supplier Price plan Unit rate per kWh Standing charge per day Carbon tax VAT Year one cost
Flogas Natural Gas 25% Winter Warmer 5.34 cent 18.04 cent €40.70 13.5% €699.44
Just Energy Rate Saver 12M Fixed Online Exclusive 5.62 cent 14.81 cent €40.70 13.5% €708.26
Bord Gáis Energy 14% Discount (Paperless, Direct Debit & Level Pay) 5.26 cent 27 cent €40.70 13.5% €723.43
Flogas Natural Gas 25% Direct Debit Discount 5.34 cent 30.77 cent €40.70 13.5% €745.92
Electric Ireland Standard Gas (Direct Debit & Online Billing) 5.51 cent 27.14 cent €40.70 13.5% €751.39

What causes gas and electricity prices to change?

Changes to wholesale gas and electricity prices, changes to the PSO Levy, VAT and Carbon tax, and market conditions driven by competition between suppliers can cause your energy prices to change.

When Ireland’s energy suppliers decide to increase prices for households, it is usually as a result of increased wholesale gas and electricity prices or increased network charges.

If the CRU decides to increase the PSO Levy, or if the Irish Government decides to increase the VAT rate or Carbon Tax rate, your energy prices will go up too.

Suppliers sometimes cut prices for households to reward their existing customers and to compete for new customers.

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