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Gas bills fall. Could electricity charges be next?

Gas costs for firmus energy customers in the Ten Towns area are to fall by just over 21% from the start of April.

The price cut applies to 46,000 homes and small businesses.  Around two thirds of the latest reduction is due to a collapse in wholesale gas charges. Prices have fallen because of a glut of natural gas on world markets, a development which has been accentuated recently by a coronavirus-driven drop in demand for the fuel. The remainder is accounted for a decrease in distribution co...

Last updated on 16/03/2020
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Heating oil price falls sharply

The fall in the cost of a barrel of oil has fed through to the price of home heating oil. Since last December the charge for five hundred litres has reduced by around forty pounds. That's a fifteen per cent decrease. The result is that anthracite, heating oil and gas are all closely priced, broadly speaking, when you take into account boiler efficiency. The cheapest by a very small margin is anthracite.But what about the competition between the two most popular central heating fuels?  Despite th...

Published on 02/03/2020
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Welcome to, the site that aims to keep you up to date on the latest developments in the energy market, including the fast changing renewables scene.

There’s information on how to reduce your energy bills. In particular a calculator will help you in the search for the electricity tariff that suits your needs. Also provided are regular updates on the relative costs of different fuels for central heating. is an initiative by local business journalist Jamie Delargy who, over the years, has made the subject of energy an area of special interest. His reports and assessments are complemented with articles from guest contributors working in the field of energy. is independently owned, managed and funded by local company DP Ireland. It receives no ‘click through” fees, advertising revenue or other payments from the electricity companies whose prices it compares.

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