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Sunday 25 February 2018

Make the change now and enjoy more discounts

IF you were among the first of the over 400,000 households who made a switch away from ESB early last year, the discounts in excess of 10pc you have enjoyed on ESB's prices will already have dropped -- or will fall shortly -- to 5pc.

But there is a way to continue enjoying higher discounts for at least nine months if you move now by simply switching again.

For example, if you switched to Bord Gais Energy (BGE), you could switch again to Airtricity, as its first-year 13pc-discount offer to new customers is due to end on March 31.

Similarly, if you switched to Airtricity, you could switch to BGE and avail of discounts of between 10pc and 14pc for the first year. BGE says it has no immediate plans to close this offer.

Neither BGE nor Airtricity require you to sign a minimum contract, so you can switch anytime. The process takes minutes and is done remotely: no rewiring or modifications are required to your home or meter.

There is no charge for switching either, even for switching back to ESB.

However, the Commission for Energy Regulation advises that to be sure of completing the process as quickly as possible, you should provide a meter reading at the time of switching.

"The change-of-supplier process typically takes over five working days if a customer reading is provided, but this can take longer if a meter read is not provided," a spokesman said.

Irish Independent

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