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6th April 2020

Helping you manage your energy bills

We understand this is a challenging time for our customers. And energy bills should be the least of your worries. That’s why we’ve put together some useful resources to help you manage your energy usage and bills when you might be spending more time at home.

  • We’ve reduced our energy prices. We’ve just announced an electricity and gas price reduction which comes into effect from 1 May 2020. This will help dual fuel customers who pay by direct debit save around €102 on their annual energy costs. In these uncertain times, we want to reassure our customers that we’re here to help you manage your energy costs.
  • You should read your meter, but only if it’s safe to do so. Due to the recent government announcements, Gas Networks Ireland and ESB Networks have temporarily stopped their regular household meter reads. As a result, you should submit your own reading if it’s safe to access your meter. Don’t worry if you can’t access your meter – we'll estimate your bill based on your previous readings and, if needed, we can update your account with your read when it is safe for you submit one.
  • You can make small frequent payments to prevent high bills. If you’re spending more time at home, you may be concerned about higher energy bills in the coming months. You can stay on top of this by making small, frequent top up payments when you’re able to do so. Just visit the Make a payment section of our website. Customers on Budget Plan can make top up payments by calling us on 1850 40 40 70*.
  • If you’re having trouble paying your bills, we’re here to help. We understand this is a challenging and uncertain time for many of our customers. If you have concerns about paying your energy bills, please call our Customer Service Team on 1850 40 40 70* and we’ll work with you to find a resolution together.
  • Keeping your home energy efficient. Now that we’re all spending more time at home, energy efficiency has become more important. We’ve put together some tips to help keep your energy costs down.
  1. Make the most of the extra daylight hours. As soon as it’s bright, open the curtains and turn off lights when you don’t need them.
  2. Now that the weather is getting better, put laundry out to dry during the day and avoid using a dryer as they can be very expensive to run.
  3. Having extra cups of tea during the day? Electric kettles use a lot of energy, so only boil as much water as you need.
  4. Make the most of your time at home by defrosting your freezer to ensure it runs efficiently. There should be less than 5mm of frost build up.
  5. Clean your windows to take advantage of the daytime sunlight. If your home office is now a desk or a kitchen table, consider moving it so you’re near a window and can work with more daylight.
  6. Close doors to unused rooms so you only heat the smallest possible area. If you have a Climote or other remote heating control in your home, consider only heating the area you’re in and not the whole house
  7. You can get cold quickly from not moving around even though the temperature in your home might be perfect. Before you hit boost on your heating, throw on that cosy jumper, cardigan or hoodie and to avoid using more energy.
  8. You may be using more devices so remember to power down when you’ve finished and don’t leave them on standby. Switching sockets off at the wall can be an easy way to cut out energy draining idle appliances.
  9. Take showers instead of baths and avoid power showers. A regular shower uses only 20% of the energy of a full bath.
  10. Run your washing machine on a cooler cycle and only with full loads to ensure fewer washes overall to reduce water and energy use.


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