Gas & Electricity Price Changes

Review changes to gas and electricity prices in Ireland

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Price increase of 26% announced for residential electricity customers. Changes effective from September 18th.

18/08/2021
Announced
18/09/2021
Effective

Flogas

New offers now available from Flogas. Discounts of up to 40% available on Electricity and Gas rates. Cashback plans are also available. Plans are available on both 12 and 24-Month contracts.

17/08/2021
Announced
17/08/2021
Effective

Flogas

Price increase announced for residential natural gas and electricity. 18% increase to standard rate and standing charges for both natural gas and electricity. Changes effective from September 18th.

16/08/2021
Announced
19/09/2021
Effective

Electric Ireland

New high-discount energy tariffs are now available from Electric Ireland. Plans offer new customers a discount percentage off standard unit rates for the first 12 months. Supersaver plans are no longer available to new customers.

12/08/2021
Announced
12/08/2021
Effective

SSE Airtricity

New tariffs available from SSE offering 10% discount on standard rates in addition to e-store credit (€200 on Electricity, €320 on Dual Fuel)

10/08/2021
Announced
13/08/2021
Effective

Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland now offering a free Google Nest Hub (2nd GEN) on all Smart SST tariffs.

30/07/2021
Announced
30/07/2021
Effective

SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity announces price increase. Electricity prices are going up by 10.6% and gas prices by 10.7%. Changes are effective from September 1st.

30/07/2021
Announced
01/09/2021
Effective

Flogas

Discount percentage on Green Future Gas reduced from 35% to 33%

26/07/2021
Announced
26/07/2021
Effective

Pinergy

Price increase on residential electricity announced. An estimated increase of 11.4% is expected on average annual bills.

23/07/2021
Announced
23/08/2021
Effective

Flogas

New range of Gas, Electricity and Dual Fuel offers now available from Flogas. Sign up for the Green Team 20 tariff and receive €200 cashback in addition to a discount off standard rates. Furthermore, Flogas will make a donation on behalf of every customer who signs up (€5 for single fuel and €10 for dual fuel). Plans available to both new and existing customers. 12 and 24-month contracts available.

22/07/2021
Announced
22/07/2021
Effective

How much does gas and electricity cost in Ireland?

The average annual electricity bill in Ireland is €1,274.15 and the average annual gas bill is €989.74. So, the average household energy bill is €2,263.89 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 €1,777.55 for electricity and €1,422.72 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 €770.76 for electricity and €556.76 for gas.

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% €770.76
3,150 kWh -25% €1,022.45
4,200 kWh 0% €1,274.15
5,250 kWh 25% €1,525.85
6,300 kWh 50% €1,777.55

How much does gas cost in Ireland?

Annual Consumption Difference to national average Estimated annual cost
5,500 kWh -50% €556.76
8,250 kWh -25% €773.26
11,000 kWh 0% €989.74
13,750 kWh 25% €1,206.24
16,500 kWh 50% €1,422.72

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 €51.60 and is charged to all electricity customersin 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 Best Electricity Only Offer 19.3 cent 62.41 cent €51.60 13.5% €1,096.76
Electric Ireland EnergySaver 26% 17.74 cent 57.2 cent €51.60 13.5% €1,012.44
SSE Airtricity Smart 1 Year Home Electricity 30% (Direct Debit & eBill) 18.58 cent 63.65 cent €51.60 13.5% €1,067.41
SSE Airtricity 1 Year Home Electricity 30% 18.58 cent 63.65 cent €51.60 13.5% €1,071.25
Bord Gáis Energy Smart Standard Electricity 18.22 cent 62.41 cent €51.60 13.5% €1,078.25

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
Bord Gáis Energy Best Gas Only Offer 5.53 cent 33.91 cent €66.66 13.5% €807.96
Bord Gáis Energy 25% Gas Only Offer 5.39 cent 33.91 cent €66.66 13.5% €792.23
Electric Ireland EnergySaver Gas 14% 5.42 cent 32.99 cent €66.66 13.5% €792.50
Electric Ireland 2-Year ValueSaver Gas (Direct Debit & Online Billing) 5.5% 5.96 cent 32.99 cent €66.66 13.5% €851.43
Electric Ireland Standard Gas (Direct Debit & Online Billing) 5.93 cent 32.99 cent €66.66 13.5% €848.06

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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