'I've got to the stage where I can't be bothered switching'
Former Trinity College lecturer Bill Rothwell finds that the cost of heating is his main spend for household utilities and charges.
"Definitely at the moment it would be the heating, keeping the radiators going, keeping the electricity going - you have to pay for all those things," he says.
With electric heating in his Drimnagh home in Dublin 12, he typically pays between €100 and €150 every two months.
After a cold winter, and the recent falls in temperature, the retiree expects that his next bill will "probably be dearer" than the usual charge.
A long-term customer with energy provider Electric Ireland, Bill is happy enough with the service he is currently getting for the home he shares with daughter Maria.
He says he has never looked around for a better option, having "not given it much thought".
"I am a long time with them. I've gotten to the stage where I can't be bothered switching around."