Bord Gáis Energy Smart Plans

If you’ve a smart meter, we’ve a smart plan.

Smart meters are being rolled out by ESB Networks in homes and businesses across Ireland. They're the next generation of digital electricity meters that are replacing traditional meters across the country.

When your smart meter is installed, Bord Gáis Energy can provide you with a great choice of smart plans to suit your lifestyle. Our Time-of-Use tariffs have different electricity rates depending on when you use electricity, meaning you can adjust your habits to save money on your bills.

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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Whether you’re new to Bord Gáis Energy, or already with us, we have the right smart plan for you. Find the best one to suit your lifestyle and sign up online today.

EV Smart Electricity

Save on night-time EV charging with discounted smart electricity prices. New customers get a €50 Welcome Bonus!

Standard Smart Electricity

Join our standard smart electricity plans today and enjoy exclusive discounts, including a €50 Welcome Bonus for new customers.

Weekend Smart Electricity

Maximize your weekend savings with discounts on smart electricity. Plus new customers get a €50 Welcome Bonus!

EV Smart Dual Fuel

Reduce your EV charging costs with discounted electricity and gas, and receive a €100 Welcome Bonus exclusively for new customers.

Standard Smart Dual Fuel

Switch to a smart dual fuel plan for discounts on standard electricity and gas. Along with a €100 Welcome Bonus for new customers.

Weekend Smart Dual Fuel

Brighten up your weekends with discounts off smart electricity and gas, along with a €100 Welcome Bonus, exclusively for new customers.

Why switch to a smart plan?

➡ Understand your energy usage with graphs and smart bills

➡ Adjust your habits to reduce your usage and save on your energy bills

➡ No more estimated bills. Your electricity reads will be sent accurately and automatically

➡ Flexible billing options. Choose your bill frequency and select a payment day that suits you best

➡ Monitor usage to lower your carbon footprint

➡ Find a plan best suited to your lifestyle

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What smart plans are available for customers with a smart meter?

If you've got a smart meter, you can choose from a range of plans suited to different lifestyles. Our Time of Use tariffs allow you to adjust your energy usage to times of the day or week when you'll be charged less for your electricity.

From weekend discount tariffs to plans tailored to electric vehicle owners, you can find more than twenty individual plans created for Bord Gáis Energy customers.

What are Time of Use (ToU) tariffs?

A Time of Use (ToU) tariff is a smart tariff that offers different energy prices at different times of the day or week. With a smart meter, customers can access these tariffs and choose the best energy prices for their lifestyles.

ToU tariffs are designed to encourage customers to shift their energy use to off-peak hours when energy is cheaper and there is less demand on the grid.

Standard Smart Plans

This Time of Use tariff splits your electricity into three time bands:

  • Day (8am to 11pm)
  • Night (11pm to 8am) 
  • Peak (5pm to 7pm). 

Each time period has its own price for electricity, meaning you can do more at a time that costs less. You'll be billed every 2 months. Your smart meter data will be collected every two months. 

Terms and conditions for Standard Smart tariffs

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Discount Weekend Plans

Discount Weekend is a Time of Use tariff for customers who already have a smart meter installed. The time-of-use bands are:

  • Day (8am to 11pm except Peak)
  • Night (11pm to 8am)
  • Peak (5pm to 7pm)
  • Weekends (Friday 11pm to Monday 8am)

Each time band has its own price for electricity meaning you can choose to do more at off-peak times when it costs you less. With the weekend tariff discounts, you are charged a night rate all weekend. Your smart meter data will be collected half-hourly.

You can also choose if you want to be billed monthly or bimonthly and pick the day of the month you want to be billed. You'll have access to up to 24 months of your historic half-hourly consumption data via your online account.

Terms and conditions for STOD Weekender Tariffs

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EV Plans

If you have an electric vehicle you can avail of our Electric Vehicle (EV) Smart tariff. This Time-of-Use Tariff splits your usage into four time bands:

  • Day (8am to 11pm)
  • Night (11pm to 8am - excluding the EV band)
  • Peak electricity times (Monday to Friday 5pm to 7pm) 
  • EV (2am to 5am)

Each time period has its own price for electricity with a lower rate for the EV time band, meaning you can charge your car for less. Your smart meter data will be collected half-hourly. 

You can also access up to 24 months of your historic half-hourly consumption data via your online account

Terms and conditions for EV Smart tariffs

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Green Plans

You can get great savings on your energy bills along with energy sourced from renewable sources with our green plans. If you’re an electric vehicle owner, you can also switch to one of our green EV plans. This will not only help you reduce your carbon footprint but will also give you great savings on your electricity.

All of our green plans come with paperless billing to help you contribute even more towards the environment.

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Free Time Saturday or Free Time Sunday Plans

Our Free Time Saturday or Free Time Sunday smart plans offer customers, who have a smart meter installed, free electricity between 9am and 5pm on either Saturdays or Sundays. 

Customers on this smart plan can choose if they want to be billed monthly or bi-monthly and can pick the day of the month they want to be billed. Your smart meter data will be collected half-hourly.

You will also get detailed information on your energy usage and will have the ability to set spend goals. You can access up to 24 months of your historic half-hourly consumption data via your online account.

Please note, there is a fair usage cap on these plans. 

Terms and conditions for Free Time Saturday or Free Time Sunday tariffs

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Benefits of our smart plans

The ability to monitor daily usage and being more conscious of using electricity at times when it costs less aren’t the only benefits of a smart plan. Other key benefits include:

With a smart meter, detailed electricity reads will be sent accurately and automatically. This means you no longer have to read your meter or worry about estimated energy bills.

You can decide when and how often you receive your electricity bill, and a payment day that suits you best.

Understanding your energy usage may help you to use less energy, lowering your carbon footprint and doing your bit to help the environment.

Customers, with a smart meter installed, who are on a smart plan will have the ability to set goals for how much they would like to spend on energy. Usage graphs will be available to you for easy analysis of your energy usage and will show specific days, weeks and months of the year so you can see where the most energy is being used.

Smart bills will also be available which will give customers access to

  • Key information upfront
  • A graph to compare your usage year-on-year
  • The time bands associated with your consumption
  • Helpful hints and tips to manage your electricity

Bord Gáis Energy’s new smart bill will provide you with key information upfront, a graph comparing your energy usage month-on-month and year-on-year as well as helpful hints and tips to help manage your electricity.

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Sell your surplus solar energy with microgeneration

If you have solar panels or other forms of renewable energy generation, you may be eligible to earn a payment for any surplus electricity you are exporting to the grid. You can now sign up for a Microgen plan by signing into your online account.

Terms and conditions apply.

Microgeneration
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Why should you choose Bord Gáis Energy for your smart plan? 

Smart homes and smart energy are the future, and as one of Ireland's leading energy providers, Bord Gáis Energy is committed to bringing the most innovative plans and products to help customers have a smooth transition to smarter energy. 

With over 45 years' experience in the market, our smart plans are the most innovative and cost-effective plans to date helping Ireland smarten up on energy. 

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Interested in a smart meter tariff but still have some questions?

Let's see if we can help.

To avail of a smart plan, you will first need to have a smart meter installed. Once your standard meter has been replaced by a smart meter, you can sign up to one of our smart plans that best suits your needs.  You will need to have your MPRN to hand, as we will need to verify that you have a smart meter and that it has a suitable connection level for the type of price plan you want to choose. 

If you are a new customer signing up to one of our smart plans, the process takes up to 14 days. Once successfully completed, you’ll receive our Welcome Pack.

If you are an existing customer changing your tariff over to a smart meter tariff, the process takes up to 14 days. Once it is successfully completed, you’ll receive our Welcome Pack.

Smart tariffs include different unit rates depending on when you use your electricity. All tariffs include Day, Night and Peak unit rates. We offer a range of smart tariffs to suit different needs and lifestyles.

The below table is an example* of when the different time bands for day, night and peak apply:

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

*Please note: the above time bands apply to our Standard Smart Tariff. Other smart tariffs, such as our Discount Weekend tariff, have different time bands.

You can view and compare our smart plans or find a plan matched to your needs using our Find a Plan tool.

For more detail information on the day, night and peak unit rates that apply to each tariff – visit Our tariffs explained page and scroll down to the smart section.

If you've any queries in relation to this, feel free to get in touch with us by submitting a query online.

If you're a new customer signing up to one of our Smart plans, the process can take up to 14 days. Once successfully completed, you’ll receive our Welcome Pack via email or post.

If you're an existing customer changing to a Smart plan, the process can take up to 1 working day, depending on your meter communications. Once successfully completed, you’ll receive our Welcome Pack via email or post.

If you're an existing Bord Gáis Energy customer and move to a smart tariff, it’s not possible to revert back to a non-smart tariff/old meter type. This is due to industry rules for smart metering.

For more information on smart meters and smart plans, see our full list of FAQ's in Help.

Learn more about smart meters

Read our 'Ultimate Guide' for all you need to know about smart meters, from how to read your meter to the rollout in Ireland and the benefits for customers.

Smart meter guide