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What is the national average energy consumption?

What is the national average energy consumption?

The Irish national average electricity consumption is 4,200 kWh per annum. The national average gas consumption is 11,000 kWh per annum. These figures are calculated and monitored by the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

What is the average electricity consumption for my home?

The Irish national average electricity consumption is 4,200 kWh per annum. Broadly speaking, if you live in a three-bedroom house and don't have any exceptional electricity requirements, your consumption level is likely to be quite close to the national average.

If your house has an electric shower that’s in constant use, however, your electricity usage might be slightly higher than average.

But what if you live in a much bigger house? Or a one-bedroom studio apartment? Your electricity consumption is likely to be some way off the national average estimate of 4,200 kWh.

We’ve put together a handy table to illustrate the estimated annual cost associated with electricity consumption levels that are above and below the national average.

What is the cost of electricity in Ireland?

Annual consumption Difference to national average Estimated annual cost*
2,100 kWh -50% €631
3,150 kWh -25% €819
4,200 kWh 0% €1,006
5,250 kWh +25% €1,194
6,300 kWh +50% €1,382

*Figures are based on Electric Ireland's Standard 24-hour tariff and urban standing charge, and include the PSO Levy and VAT at 13.5%

What is the average gas consumption for my home?

The Irish national average consumption figure for gas is 11,000 kWh per annum. As is the case with electricity, it's likely that a three-bedroom house will consume a similar amount of gas to the national average. Naturally, a larger house is likely to use more and a smaller house is likely to use less.

While this is a useful guideline, your actual gas consumption is going to depend on others factors too, such as your home's BER rating and level of insulation.

The table below illustrates how much a year of gas is likely to cost you if you consume an average amount of gas, or a little more or a little less.

What is the cost of gas in Ireland?

Annual consumption Difference to national average Estimated annual cost**
5,500 kWh -50% €437
8,250 kWh -25% €609
11,000 kWh 0% €781
13,750 kWh +25% €953
16,500 kWh +50% €1,124
**Figures are based on Bord Gáis Energy Standard tariff and standing charge and include carbon tax and VAT at 13.5%

Knowing your annual gas and electricity consumption figure will help you to make the best decision when it comes to switching suppliers.  It'll also give you an idea of whether or not your existing usage and bills are much higher than the national average.

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