Compare electricity price plans for your home

Not sure which electricity plan to choose?

Confused by electricity bills and all the different tariffs available? It happens to the best of us! We understand that finding the right electricity plan for your home is crucial. That's why we offer a range of flexible plans designed to suit your needs and budget. 

Let's navigate the options together and make sure you're getting the best deal on your electricity.

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Compare standard variable electricity plans in the Irish energy market

Our standard electricity plan has a variable rate. The contract and discount duration are 12 months. Below we've compared our Urban 24-hour meter rate with similar offers from electricity suppliers in the Irish energy market. 



Bord Gáis Energy

Bord Gáis Energy

Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland

Energia

Energia

Yuno Energy

Yuno Energy


Discount

Bord Gáis Energy

30%

Electric Ireland

30%

Energia

37%

Yuno Energy

-


Estimated annual bill

Bord Gáis Energy

1,296

Electric Ireland

€1,304

Energia

€1,244.20

Yuno Energy

€1,546.11


Welcome Bonus or cashback

Bord Gáis Energy

€50

Electric Ireland

€100

Energia

-

Yuno Energy

-


Estimated 1st year cost incl. Welcome Bonus

Bord Gáis Energy

€1,246

Electric Ireland

€1,204

Energia

€1,244.20

Yuno Energy

€1,546.11


Difference vs Bord Gáis Energy

Bord Gáis Energy

-

Electric Ireland

-€42

Energia

-€1.55

Yuno Energy

€300.36


Urban 24 hour meter rate

Bord Gáis Energy

25.65 cent per kWh

Electric Ireland

25.08 cent per kWh

Energia

23.99 cent per kWh

Yuno Energy

30.51 cent per kWh


Contract/discount duration

Bord Gáis Energy

12 months

Electric Ireland

12 months

Energia

12 months

Yuno Energy

12 months


Annual standing charge (Urban 24 hour meter rate)

Bord Gáis Energy

€218.54

Electric Ireland

€250.77

Energia

€236.62

Yuno Energy

€264.73


Payment method

Bord Gáis Energy

Direct debit

Electric Ireland

Direct debit

Energia

Direct debit

Yuno Energy

Credit or debit card


Access to Senior Hurling Championship match tickets and giveaways*

Bord Gáis Energy

Electric Ireland

Energia

Yuno Energy


Exclusive access to shows at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre**

Bord Gáis Energy

Electric Ireland

Energia

Yuno Energy

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The Estimated Annual Bill is calculated based on an average annual consumption of 11,000 kWh in gas and 4200 kWh in electricity (as defined by the CRU) and electricity Urban 24-hour meter tariffs less any percentage discounts.

All prices shown are correct as of 07 June 2024 and include VAT at 9%. A PSO levy applies and is currently charged at €0.

*Customers who join our Rewards club will have exclusive access to buy Senior Hurling Championship tickets for select games, access to competitions for ticket giveaways and GAA Legends Tours of Croke Park as well as to special pre-game events throughout the season.

**Customers who join our Rewards club will have exclusive access to buy presale, flash sale and VIP tickets and to competitions for ticket giveaways for events at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Compare electricity plans by meter type 

Smart vs standard (non-smart)

How does our smart meter-compatible electricity plan compare with a non-smart meter plan?

This table breaks down the key differences to help you decide. The electricity rate will depend on the type of meter you have. Below we use an Urban 24-hour rate for the standard electricity plan and an Urban Standard Smart Tariff for the smart electricity plan. 

The smart electricity plan has three separate rates depending on the time of day, allowing you to adjust your energy consumption patterns to take advantage of lower off-peak rates.



Standard electricity (non-smart)

Standard electricity (non-smart)

Smart electricity

Smart electricity


Discount

Standard electricity (non-smart)

33%

Smart electricity

33%


Estimated annual bill

Standard electricity (non-smart)

€1,250

Smart electricity

€1,230


Urban 24 hour meter rate

Standard electricity (non-smart)

24.55 cent per kWh

Smart electricity

-


Urban Day units (8am to 11pm excl. Peak)

Standard electricity (non-smart)

-

Smart electricity

26.41 cent per kWh


Urban Peak units (5pm to 7pm)

Standard electricity (non-smart)

-

Smart electricity

31.94 cent per kWh


Urban Night units (11pm to 8am)

Standard electricity (non-smart)

-

Smart electricity

19.37 cent per kWh


Contract/discount duration

Standard electricity (non-smart)

12 months

Smart electricity

12 months


Annual standing charge

Standard electricity (non-smart)

€218.54

Smart electricity

€218.54


Estimated bills

Standard electricity (non-smart)

Smart electricity


Smart bills with graphs and insights

Standard electricity (non-smart)

Smart electricity


Plan details

Standard electricity (non-smart)

Learn more

Smart electricity

Learn more

Please note that if you are an existing Bord Gáis Energy customer and move to a smart tariff, it’s not possible to revert back to a non-smart tariff or an old meter type due to industry rules for smart metering.

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All prices shown are correct as of 07 June 2024 and include VAT at 9%. A PSO levy applies and is currently charged at €0.

Compare smart electricity plans

Discover our smart meter-compatible plans that offer features tailored to your energy efficiency goals.



Standard  Smart Electricity

Standard  Smart Electricity

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

EV Smart Electricity

EV Smart Electricity

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity


Discount

Standard  Smart Electricity

33%

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

15%

EV Smart Electricity

33%

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

33%


Welcome Bonus

Standard  Smart Electricity

-

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

€50

EV Smart Electricity

-

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

-


Urban Day units (8am to 11pm)

Standard  Smart Electricity

26.84 cent per kWh

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

32.93 cent per kWh

EV Smart Electricity

24.47 cent per kWh

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

25.84 cent per kWh


Urban Peak units (5pm to 7pm)

Standard  Smart Electricity

31.94 cent per kWh

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

40.23 cent per kWh

EV Smart Electricity

34.14 cent per kWh

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

33.87 cent per kWh


Urban Night units (11pm to 8am)

Standard  Smart Electricity

19.37 cent per kWh

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

24.20 cent per kWh

EV Smart Electricity

18.45 cent per kWh

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

24.83 cent per kWh


Urban EV units (2am to 5am)

Standard  Smart Electricity

-

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

-

EV Smart Electricity

6.24 cent per kWh

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

-


Free time

Standard  Smart Electricity

-

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

9am to 5pm Saturday or Sunday

EV Smart Electricity

-

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

-


Weekend rate:
Saturday 8am to Monday 8am

Standard  Smart Electricity

-

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

-

EV Smart Electricity

-

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

24.83 cent per kWh


Annual standing charge

Standard  Smart Electricity

€218.54

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

€218.54

EV Smart Electricity

€325.52

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

€218.54


Microgeneration available

Standard  Smart Electricity

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

EV Smart Electricity

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity


Plan details

Standard  Smart Electricity

Plan details

Free Time Saturday or Sunday

Free time Saturday plan details or
Free time Sunday plan details

EV Smart Electricity

Plan details

Mighty Weekender Smart Electricity

Plan details

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All prices shown are correct as of 07 June 2024 and include VAT at 9%. A PSO levy applies and is currently charged at €0.

To learn more about smart plans, visit our smart price plans page.

Compare Green electricity plan vs non-Green

Below we compare the differences between our standard electricity plan and our standard Green electricity plan.



Standard electricity (non-green)

Standard electricity (non-green)

Green electricity

Green electricity


Discount

Standard electricity (non-green)

30%

Green electricity

28%


Welcome bonus

Standard electricity (non-green)

€50

Green electricity

€50


Estimated annual bill

Standard electricity (non-green)

€1,296

Green electricity

€1,327


Urban 24 hour meter rate

Standard electricity (non-green)

25.65 cent per kWh

Green electricity

26.38 cent per kWh


Contract/discount duration

Standard electricity (non-green)

12 months

Green electricity

12 months


Annual standing charge

Standard electricity (non-green)

€218.54

Green electricity

€218.54


100% green electricity

Standard electricity (non-green)

Green electricity


Plan details

Standard electricity (non-green)

Find out more

Green electricity

Find out more

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All prices shown are correct as of 07 June 2024 and include VAT at 9%. A PSO levy applies and is currently charged at €0.

To learn more about green energy plans, visit our green price plans page.

Why choose us for electricity

⚡ 45 years in the Irish Energy industry

🎁 We reward customer loyalty

🏠 Trusted provider of over 730,000 households

🕑 Flexible smart plans so you can pay less at off-peak hours

🌞 Microgeneration available to sell excess electricity back to the grid

Our electricity tariffs explained

Visit our tariffs page to see a breakdown of unit rates, annual standing charge and discounts for all electricity meter types.

Our tariffs explained

How to switch and save on your electricity costs?

It's quick and easy! Switching will only take a few minutes. You'll need:

  • GPRN and MPRN found on recent bill from your current supplier
  • A gas and electricity meter read
  • Your payment details
  • Once you’ve signed up we’ll contact your old supplier, so you don’t have to. 

And don’t worry, there’s no disruption to your supply. The process takes about 2 weeks and once complete we'll send you a Welcome Pack.

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Frequently asked questions about switching energy providers

It depends if you are still in contract. Some plans need you to sign up for 12 or 24 month contract. When your contract is over, you're free to switch to Bord Gáis Energy. However, if you leave before the end of the contract, you'll usually have to pay an early exit fee. Depending on the provider and plan, that fee could cost between €50 and €100

Usually, no. If your contract is over you can switch at any time. You can simply go to the compare plans page, select the plan of your choice, complete our simple sign up form, and we'll take care of everything from there.

No. Switching is a smooth and transparent process for customers, and there will be no disruption in your energy supply.

The process takes about 14 days. Once is completed, you’ll receive our Welcome Pack.

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Choosing a green plan

Environmentally-conscious customers can choose a 100% green electricity plan, which uses renewable energy from wind and solar farms and hydroelectric power stations. For dual fuel plans, the fuel mix contains 100% renewable electricity and 10% renewable gas.

We currently offer a variety of green energy plans for all lifestyles, including plans for electric vehicle owners. These plans allow you to reduce your carbon footprint by promoting the use of clean energy in Ireland.

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Gas and dual plans

If you use both gas and electricity for your home's energy, consider switching to a dual fuel plan. These plans include both gas and electricity tariffs and are available for both smart and non-smart meter types.

Options include standard, smart, weekend discount, EV plans, green plans and many more.

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Reduce your electricity costs with solar

Generate your own clean, renewable electricity and reduce your electricity bills. With 0% VAT and up to €2,100 in SEAI grants, it's a brilliant time to switch to sunshine.

Book a free consultation with one of our solar experts and make the first step towards generating your own clean, renewable electricity.

Solar and sustainable

Frequently asked questions

Unlike traditional meters, which simply record a running total of energy used, smart electricity meters can record frequent consumption data and provide automatic meter readings to ESB Networks.

ESB Networks started rolling out smart meters to homes across Ireland in 2019. Smart meters are being installed on a phased basis, which will complete by around 2025. There is no charge for the installation of a smart meter. You can find out more about the smart meter roll-out at esbnetworks.ie.

Smart meters are an upgrade from traditional meters, and have the potential to bring benefits to the consumer and the environment. Smart meters mean an end to inaccurate bills, as you'll only ever have to pay for your exact usage. Smart meters can provide customers with more information about their energy usage and enables electricity suppliers to provide a greater choice of plans and services, as well as improving sustainability. 

For more information on smart meters, see our Ultimate Guide to Smart Meters.

If you have a 24 hour meter, you’ll be charged the same unit rate, no matter what time of day it is. You can see your unit rate on your bill.

A scheme was approved by the government to credit all eligible residential electricity customers with €450, in three €150 (incl. VAT) instalments. This applies to both bill pay and prepay customers. 

As of 8 March 2024, we've applied all three credits to eligible customer's electricity accounts.

Customers with an online account will be able to see the credit in the 'Bills and Transactions' tab on their account dashboard. If you don’t have an online account, you can register here. Customers can also see the credit on their next bill after the credit has been applied.

Pay As You Go customers

When your credit is available, Bord Gáis Energy will send you an SMS. If we don't have your mobile number, we'll send you a letter. After you receive your SMS/letter, you'll then be required to top up your PAYG meter by a minimum of €10. Click here for more information on how to receive your credit.

Low usage accounts

Per government guidelines, a low usage electricity account is one which has not met the minimum consumption threshold of 150 kWh in each period of three months in the four consecutive periods of three months occurring in the period beginning on 1 July 2022 and ending on 30 June 2023. Low usage accounts are not eligible for the credit.

If you've a microgeneration account registered with ESB Networks for the payment period, you won't be on the low usage list and will therefore receive the credit.

Where the holder of a low usage electricity account meets one or more of the following criteria, they will be receive the credits:

  • If you're a registered vulnerable customer
  • if you're eligible to be registered as a vulnerable customer
  • If you hold a hardship meter account.

Business customers and gas customers are also not eligible for the credit. For more information on the scheme and eligibility, see cru.ie.

This is a Time of Use tariff, which is a price plan for customers who already have a smart meter installed. This tariff is split into three different time bands:

Rate

Rate

Time band

Time band

Rate

Day

Time band

8am to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm

Rate

Night

Time band

11pm to 8am

Rate

Peak

Time band

5pm to 7pm

Each time period has its own price for the electricity, which means you can choose to do more at the time that costs less. Your Smart meter data will be collected every two months, and you'll be billed every two months.

For more information on smart plans, see our Smart Plans page.

Microgeneration refers to small-scale generation of electricity by households or small businesses to meet their own needs, in addition to their existing electricity supply. If you sign up for microgeneration, you can sell your excess energy back to the grid. 

Microgeneration involvesinstalling a small generator powered by a renewable source such as solar, wind or hydropower and connecting this to the electricity network. Microgeneration technologies in scope for the Clean Energy Guarantee (CEG) payment include Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV), Micro-Wind, Micro-Hydro and Renewable Micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power). 

A customer who wishes to connect a microgenerator to the network must notify ESB Networks using an NC6 or equivalent form. The form and details are available on ESB Networks website

Once your application has been processed, ESBN will notify your supplier of your Maximum Export Capacity (MEC). Your MEC is the maximum output of electricity that your generator can produce. Microgeneration Installations up to 50kW can qualify for a microgen payment.

For more information on microgeneration and our rates, please visit our microgeneration page.

Please note: if your power is at powered off status you cannot use your microgenerator to export electricity. Microgenerators have protective devices which, for safety purposes, switch them off if the electricity supply is off or de-energised.