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Sunday 20 January 2019

Collectives saving households hundreds on their utility bills

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Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

The One Big Switch campaign has done a deal with Bord Gáis that will see those who sign up saving hundreds of euro on electricity and making big discounts on dual fuel.

The deal also applies to existing Bord Gáis customers if they register with One Big Switch, which is free - the first time existing clients are getting the same discount as new ones.

Those who sign up can save €217 on electricity and €408 on dual fuel.

Bord Gáis is likely betting it will keep customers once they sign up for this latest offer.

Research shows 86pc of consumers do not switch energy provider. Some 120,000 have registered for free with One Big Switch, which then uses its large number of members to negotiate group discounts.

It comes as waste and energy provider Panda has entered the gas market and announced a dual-fuel deal cheaper than its rivals.

Customers who switch to Panda Power for electricity and gas will save €342.

But the increased competition comes as householders are set to get a shock when electricity and gas bills arrive.

This is due to the constant use of heating and electricity systems during Storm Emma. It also comes after Electric Ireland hit its 1.1 million customers with price rises in the last month.

Hikes in rates were also imposed by Energia, SSE Airtricity, PrePayPower and others.

Irish Independent

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