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Switching electric/gas providers (see first post for links)

  • 03-03-2022 12:21am
    Registered Users Posts: 4,430 ✭✭✭jaffa20

    At the request from a number of posters have posted the latest links for the perceived best tariffs currently available.


    Latest MOD update for the below information is 2pm, 23 August 2023.

    Both the BWG and CP links below have been axed by Flogas.

    New Flogas links will be posted here if/when they appear or other good offers appear from other suppliers.

    Post edited by Sheep Shagger on



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,496 ✭✭✭podgeandrodge

    He's right. If you were in contract, you can leave and pay the termination payment only (generally €50). If you are now out of contract, you're likely paying a crap rate, and hanging around to see future offers is costing you.

    Edit - as some have said below, some providers reserve the right to claw back bonus. Whether they actually do is a question perhaps..

    Post edited by podgeandrodge on

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu

    If you're with Energia you can re-sign with them via Bonkers and get the same discounts for another year. I did the comparison and whilst they weren't the cheapest only Bord Gais were much cheaper and I had terrible problems with them last time we were with them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 526 ✭✭✭babelfish1990

    So if you change provider every 4 months, and pay the penalties for breaking contracts, you could accumulate €500 of switching bonuses per year, net of penalties! There seem to be some conditions on cash-back offers (eg Iberdrola cash-back only gets paid after 4 months), but changing after 4 months looks as though it would work. You would need to cycle between at least 3 providers, so as to avoid returning to the first one in less than 12 months.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,633 ✭✭✭✭zell12

    Yes, if you get cashback and exit before contract ends, you have to return the cashback. It's in their T&Cs

    This is one example from EI

    If you receive a Switching Bonus and cease to take electricity and/or gas from Electric Ireland before the end of price plan contract term, Electric Ireland reserves the right to cancel the Switching Bonus and debit your account with an amount up to the value of the Switching Bonus.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 423 ✭✭Garibaldi?

    Can you organise your switch in advance with bonkers or do you have to wait until the day after your contract is up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,430 ✭✭✭jaffa20

    Thanks, I thought it was too good to be true. He probably was a sneaky door to door salesman trying to get a sale.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu

    the cashback deals are usually on plans with lower discounts anyway - if you're a heavy user of gas/electricity you may be better off skipping the cashback and going for the lower unit rates.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,539 ✭✭✭AngelaRI

    I assume they can't do the same if you go for a plan with a discounted unit rate but no welcome bonus? For me, personally, the savings over a 12 month contract period of a good discount, is worth more than a cashback (or initial bill reduction) on joining, as the whole point (for me) of switching is to get the monthly bills down. I've just recently signed up to a great deal with Bord Gais, but should someone else come along in 3-6 months with an even better deal that makes the ETF worth it, it's good to know the option is there.

    But also yeah, black and white evidence here to never trust door to door salesmen. They're blatantly lying to get their sales, care more about their targets than the customers who will be literally paying the price for their little deceptions. Another reason they pressure people into acting right away and not giving them time to do proper research. Sneaky, and wrong - there must be some place to report them, surely? Or at least the companies they represent (goal would be to force these companies to provide proper training to their representatives and to discourage them from providing any misleading information like the "early termination fee getting to keep your welcome bonus" bit, perhaps some form of penalty to the company that allows their reps to provide false or misleading information, and then up to the company how they want to deal with the problem internally)

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,539 ✭✭✭AngelaRI

    Exactly! If you calculate your total annual bill (based on current discount rates and last 12 month's usage), you'd probably end up saving a good deal more than the 'welcome bonus' value

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu

    again, it depends - if you're a low user the cashback may be more valuable that what you save on the rates.

    basically make sure you know exactly what your annual usage is, and plug those figures into Bonkers - don't select "I use the average".

  • Registered Users Posts: 233 ✭✭EletricMan

    Can you resign up for another deal with your existing company if you are out of contract with them?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,835 ✭✭✭ari101

    Yes, but you may find they won't offer as good a deal to existing customers recontracting as you might get as a new customer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,394 ✭✭✭Cape Clear

    Just having a look over electricity price increases in the last 12 months. I'm an electric only lad.

    Energia 34pc

    Airtricity 27pc

    Electric Ireland 19pc

    Bord Gais 22.5pc

    BG quick out of the traps with their latest increase no doubt the rest will come along with similar in the coming weeks.

    I'm currently with EI and both Energia and Airtricity are coming out cheaper for the next 12 months based on today's figures before increases are announced. I'm considering maybe the devil I know is the best option as they had the lowest increase previously.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭Padraig Mor

    I had an Airtricity rep swear blind to me that their customers didn't pay carbon tax because all their energy came from renewables!

  • Registered Users Posts: 396 ✭✭meathman0

    Anyone know if you can pull out of contract with Board Gais because of the price hike?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,497 ✭✭✭amber2

    Give them all a week or 10 days, once they see Board Gais getting away with it, they will all be on the increase so not much point moving and many customers switched last time round so we are stuck for another 6/7 months regardless.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,394 ✭✭✭Cape Clear

    I am currently with Airtricity (electric only)and I rang their cancellations department shortly after their price increase announcement. Managed to get a €50 credit for staying with them. I had only moved in the last week or so and had €250 credit due as part of the deal. Just looking over the paperwork and I don't see any mention of them clawing back the cash back if I leave within the year. The girl that offered me the extra €50 didn't think it would happen either.

    Post edited by Cape Clear on

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,375 ✭✭✭corks finest

    I’m with Electric Ireland only

    wondering if there’s any cheaper option left?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,375 ✭✭✭corks finest

    Rang EI

    turned out I was out of contract

    anyway might be of help to someone here

    new 12 months contract

    e150 credit ( electric only)

    plus 14 pc shared discount and another 7 pc early bill paid discount

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,394 ✭✭✭Cape Clear

    You did well. The best they would do for me was €75 credit and 14% discount. How does the early bill payment discount work?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,375 ✭✭✭corks finest

    ‘Cindy’ quoted me 7 pc from memory

    simply by paying the bill on time

    2 options 14 pc


    7 pc gas 7 pc electric and e150

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,394 ✭✭✭Cape Clear

    If you have low usage a holiday home maybe the cashback might work out cheaper but as a rule for average users the unit price is the thing to pay most attention to. Standing Charges the next biggest line item on your bill also.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu

    if you know your typical annual usage, stick it into Bonkers for a proper comparison of the total annual cost including any cashback. As Tusky said above, the percentage discounts are a bit meaningless as they all charge different standard rate and standing charge.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,041 ✭✭✭✭Tusky

    My contract is up next week and plan on switching. What happens if the government credit is applied to my current provider's bill and there is money left over?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,375 ✭✭✭corks finest

    It’s applied already

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,041 ✭✭✭✭Tusky

    So it would be advisable to delay the switch until all credit is used?