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Never changed electricity provider

  • 27-08-2022 2:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 363 ✭✭

    I am with electric Ireland and just reviewed my bill. Looks like I am paying 0.2873 per unit of electricity.

    Had a glance at bord gais and they are offering 0.2017 c per unit of electricity.

    Is there any catch here? Presumably it is just cheaper for year 1 and then you go to a higher rate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,669 ✭✭✭green123

    No catch.

    Yes they put it back up to the standard rate after a year usually, so you need to remember to switch, or maybe ring them and bargain saying you will switch.

    You need to also check the standing charge because they vary with different plans.

    The easiest way is to use the comparison websites like or

    They will give you all your best options

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,161 ✭✭✭corcaigh07

    Everyone should be switching every year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,518 ✭✭✭Gooser14

    You should do some price comparisons on or You will find cheaper plans than what you are paying.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,558 ✭✭✭Breezy_

    it was supposed to be changed so that they couldn't charge more after 1 year cuz of the Energy crisis (roll eyes) and cost of living but of course they did naff all as usual.

  • Registered Users Posts: 394 ✭✭Miadhc

    Does anyone know how complicated it is to switch from a pre pay meter back to a regular direct debit. Feel robbed by the meter.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,724 ✭✭✭✭Paul Tergat

    Im general you should always be switching but when I was doing this EI happened to be cheaper than BG.

    With the way things are, it is often down to the timing of price increases and from recollection EI have already done theirs (or more likely first one for autumn / winter!!) but BG have not done so yet so it's probably coming anytime soon.

    I suppose you can only act in the information you have at present.