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Business Energy

Save on Business Energy with Power to Switch

For any business energy bills are a significant cost that can eat into profits. And just like homeowners, many businesses pay too much for their power. When a business uses a lot of energy being on a wrong, expensive tariff can add up to a

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Energy Advice

How to save energy while you’re working from home

It may be hard (or perhaps all too easy) to realise that we have been living with lockdown and restrictions for almost a year. Many of us have never spent as much time inside the our own homes, with working from home the new norm, and

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Energy Advice

Energy Grants: Heat Pumps

More than half of the money spent on fuel bills goes towards heating your home.  So, making sure your heating system is efficient and cost effective is important for your pocket, and the environment. If you already live in a well-insulated home and you’re looking

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Energy Advice

Energy Grants: Solar Electricity Grant / Solar PV

Solar electricity panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that you can use in your home. By installing solar panels, you can generate your own renewable electricity. Once you’ve paid for the initial installation, your electricity costs

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Energy Advice

Energy Grants: Solar Water Heating

Ensuring your home is well insulated is the first step to make your home energy efficient, reduce heat loss and reduce energy use. But there are other steps you can take to improve the energy performance of your home and reduce energy bills.   What

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Energy Advice

Energy Grants: Heating Controls

The right heating controls will let you set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you want, to decide which rooms to heat and to the desired temperature.  By upgrading your heating controls, you will be able to enjoy a warmer,

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Energy Advice

Energy Grants: Home Insulation

If your home isn’t energy efficient and properly insulated you could be wasting a lot of energy and a lot of money. For example, in a home which has no or poor insulation around 60% of the heat will be lost through the walls and

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Energy Switching

Exit Fees – and when do they apply?

Exit fees are essentially cancellation fees. If you leave a fixed term tariff before the end of the contract period (e.g. 12 or 24 months), many suppliers will charge an exit fee.    This does not mean you are prevented from switching. But if you

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Energy Switching

Dual fuel energy explained

Dual fuel energy is whenever you receive both your gas and electricity from one supplier.    Why choose dual fuel?  With a dual fuel option, you can keep your energy bills simple. They will come from one provider, and if you have any issues, there

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Company News

‘Power to Switch’ re-accredited by the CRU

Power to Switch has been once again accredited by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) following our latest annual audit. This means you can trust the information ‘Power to Switch’ provides and use this to find the very best electricity, gas and dual fuel
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Energy Switching

Energy tariffs explained

Don’t know where to start when it comes to comparing energy tariffs? It can be confusing as different suppliers will have different tariff names, rates and terms. But there are a few main types of tariff – we have explained these in this blog which

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Energy Switching

A guide to changing energy supplier

You may want to change your energy supplier for various reasons, such as to save you money or choose a greener energy option. Regardless of your reason, however, you should know that switching energy suppliers is a straightforward process, particularly when you use Power to

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Energy Switching

How long does it take to switch energy supplier?

If you have decided to take a better deal and switch your energy supplier, you may now be wondering how long it will take for this switch to go through. Once you confirm your switch, a 10 working day “cooling-off” period kicks in. During this

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Energy Switching

When can I switch energy suppliers?

Switching energy suppliers is one of the easiest ways to lower energy bills and keep more money in your pocket. Although switching is quick and hassle free some people are unsure about whether they can switch or when is the best time to think about

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Energy Switching

Will I have to pay a security deposit?

Customers who pay for their energy by Direct Debit usually do not have to pay a security deposit. Likewise Pay as You Go customers will not be asked to pay a security deposit – because they prepay for their energy there is less risk of

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Energy Switching

What are electricity standing charges?

All the charges that go together to form your energy bill can be confusing. Different tariff rates, additional charges, VAT, PSO  all add up to make up your bill. One charge that people often question is Standing Charges. So, what is a Standing Charge and

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Renewable Energy

What is my Carbon Footprint and why does it matter?

It’s often stated that the next few years will be decisive in our fight against climate change and success will depend on our ability to reduce our carbon footprint. But what does “carbon footprint” actually mean, and what are the actions can we take to

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Energy Switching

Understanding my gas bill

It’s true there are more fun things to do than examine your energy bill and plenty of other things which are easier to read, too, but they do contain a lot of useful information beyond just what has to be paid.   Bills provide information

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Energy Switching

How do I read my electricity meter?

An electricity meter is like a speedometer on your car. Your meter measures the amount of electricity that you use. The readings taken from your meter are used to calculate the bills you receive from your energy supplier.   Who reads your electricity meter?  

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Energy Switching

Understanding my electricity bill

It’s true that there are more fun things to do than examine your energy bill but it does contain a lot of useful information. It may not be the easiest thing to read, but your bill contains much more information than just what has been

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Energy Switching

Average Electricity and Gas Usage in the Republic of Ireland

When comparing bills, you will sometimes hear about an average energy user or average energy consumption. But what is ‘average’ and is it useful when thinking about a new energy deal?   What is the average electricity and gas usage in Ireland? According to the

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Energy Switching

Who is my Gas & Electric Supplier?

The details of your electricity or gas supplier will be listed on your bill or annual statement if you are on a Pay As You Go Tariff. You can view detailed information for each electricity and gas supplier in our Supplier Pages.   In the

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Energy Switching

How do I find my GPRN Number?

What is GPRN?    Before we go about searching for our GPRN, it’s important to know what it is and why it is important, too.   A Gas Point Reference Number (or GPRN) is a unique 7 digit number that is linked to your gas

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Energy Switching

How do I find my MPRN Number?

What is an MPRN?    Before you can locate your MPRN, it’s important to know what it is and why it is important.   A Meter Point Reference Number (or MPRN) is a unique 11 digit number that is linked to your electricity connection and

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Energy Bills

Bright Energy….launch in Ireland

A new energy supplier, Bright Energy, has entered the market in Ireland with the aim of bringing green, affordable energy with one simple tariff. Bright Energy state that they are not just another supplier but on a mission ‘to change how the market works by

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Energy Advice

BEEnergy launch new Advantage and Bonus tariffs

BEenergy has been in the news recently as it reached a deal to be acquired by Flogas… see our recent blog for more on this: ‘flogas acquire budget energy’. On the back of the acquisition Flogas reassured customers that there would be no immediate change…

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Energy Bills

Flogas sign deal to acquire Budget Energy

A major shakeup in the local energy market is underway as Flogas acquire Budget Energy, who currently supply electricity to over 90,000 customers across the island of Ireland. Flogas supply electricity and gas in the Republic of Ireland and this deal will seek to support

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Energy Advice

Iberdrola launch market leading deals

Iberdrola, one of the recent entrants to the Irish energy market, have announced big discounts on their electricity and dual fuel deals for new customers. As COVID-19 restrictions have turned from weeks into months a recent report suggested energy consumption at home could be up

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Energy Bills

Compare Gas Prices for your Home

Normally around Easter time we start to use less energy in our homes and the heating starts to get turned down. But with Covid-19 these are not normal times…with us all spending most of our time at home our energy use will actually increase. Over

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Energy Bills

SSE Airtricity announce Price Drop

SSE Airtricity today (26th March) have announced a price decrease for their electricity and gas customers in Ireland. This will be welcome as many of us will be spending more time at home over the next few months – so at a time of year

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Energy Advice

Comparing electricity and gas prices in Ireland

Taking control of your energy bills should be at the top of any ‘To Do’ list when it comes to keeping more money in your pocket. With savings of around €400 available by switching your electricity and gas supplier the amounts involved really add up.

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Energy Advice

Saving Money on Energy Bills

With the arrival of February some of those #2020 resolutions may be coming under a little pressure. But why not do one good deed for yourself this week and save money by switching energy supplier. If you have never switched or if it has been

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Energy Advice

Door to door energy sales: what you need to know

At ‘Power to Switch’ we are all about helping people switch to a better energy deal. We think the best way is to compare deals using www.powertoswitch.ie. Using our site means you search all available tariffs, offers and promotions across all suppliers – this makes

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Company News

‘Power to Switch’ re-accredited by CRU

Power to Switch has been once again accredited by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) following our latest annual audit. This means you can trust the information ‘Power to Switch’ provides and use this to find the very best electricity, gas and dual fuel

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Energy Advice

Extra Help From Your Energy Supplier

Sometimes we all need a little helping hand, but did you know you can get extra help from your energy supplier if you need it…   All energy suppliers in Ireland manage have a ‘Special Services Register’ which ensures priority and vulnerable customers can access additional

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Energy Advice

How to effectively deal with energy complaints

Energy customers who have an unresolved complaint with their supplier can contact the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) who can help resolve the issue. And more people are turning to the regulator. There was a 63% increase in the number of consumers contacting their

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Energy Bills

Understanding my energy bill

It’s true there are more fun things to do than examine your energy bill, and often they are not the easiest thing to read, but they do contain a lot of useful information – much more than just what has to be paid.   Bills

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Energy Guides

Energy Switching Guide

Why Switch… Although it may seem confusing comparing energy tariffs and switching is straightforward, especially if you use Power to Switch. By switching energy supplier you could save money by moving to a better deal or tariff get better customer service or get additional services and

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Energy Bills

Payment Options

  Although we all have to pay for the energy we use there are choices on how we pay. Electricity and gas suppliers offer a range of payment methods so choose the one which suits you best. But remember energy companies often offer better rates

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Energy Guides

Who Supplies Me

The details of your electricity or gas supplier will be contained on your bill or annual statement if you are on a Pay As You Go Tariff. However if you are can’t find this information or are still unsure you can contact the network operator.

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Energy Advice

How to Save on Your Energy Bills

We never want to pay more than we have to for a product or service, and our energy is no exception. However, we might think that whatever bill we are given is our only option, but in reality, we can do a few different things

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