We Compare all Northern Ireland’s Gas Suppliers
Around 200,000 homes are connected to the gas network. However, not all gas customers can switch supplier. For customers who can switch gas supplier it’s important to shop around for the best deal or check if another supplier providers additional services or a better customer experience.
There are currently 2 gas suppliers you can choose from in Northern Ireland to provide gas to your home.
Can I switch gas supplier?
Northern Ireland is broken into three separate gas networks – these are the Greater Belfast area, the Ten Towns area and the West network area. Each is distinct and will have different suppliers, cost and tariff options.
The Greater Belfast (Phoenix Distribution) area covers: south, west, east and north Belfast; Carrickfergus; Newtownabbey; Duncrue and Harbour; Lisburn; Carryduff; Castlereagh; Newtownards; Larne; and North Down.
Gas customers in the Greater Belfast Network can choose between two suppliers: firmus energy and SSE Airtricity. Power to Switch can quickly and easily find the best deal for you and help you switch
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It takes three steps and takes about three minutes to get a quote. Just fill in a few details, and let us save you money.
Saves your money
With a range of tariffs and suppliers to choose from, there is no need to pay more than you have to or put up with poor service.
Why use Power to Switch?
With a choice of suppliers and deals on the market, you could be paying too much for your gas if you’ve never switched before or it’s been a while since you did.
There’s no one best deal or cheapest gas supplier for everybody, so it’s important to run an energy comparison based on your own situation. That way we can help you find the best energy deal that meets your needs and lifestyle.
Power to Switch is a free, impartial and independent service helping you find a better energy deal. We compare all gas and electricity suppliers and can help you switch in minutes!
How to Switch
Switching is a simple 3 step process and if you have any queries see our dual fuel switching FAQs below.
Complete your Information
See your Comparison Results
Switch to your chosen supplier
Compare Natural Gas Prices
If you live in the Greater Belfast and Larne area (Phoenix Natural Gas network) there are two gas suppliers, firmus energy and SSE Airtricity Gas to choose between. It’s important to shop around and compare deals to find the best price, extra services or a higher standard of customer service.
Gas Switching FAQs
Domestic consumers in the Greater Belfast and Larne area (Phoenix Network) can choose from two suppliers: firmus energy and SSE Airtricity. Power to Switch can quickly and easily find the best deal for you and help you switch.
In the Ten Towns area (FIrmus Network) domestic customers can only be supplied by firmus energy. Other companies are now allowed to enter the market and provide choice – but as yet none have entered the domestic market. We will keep an eye on this and update our site when new suppliers and deals become available.
The West Network (Evolve Distribution area) is bringing gas to areas including Coalisland, Cookstown, Dungannon, Magherafelt, Omagh, Enniskillen, Strabane and Derrylin. At the moment domestic customers can only have a gas supply from SSE Airtricity but other suppliers are able to enter this market
If you haven’t switched your gas tariff recently you may not be on the best deal and could save money on your gas bills simply by switching.
There’s no one best deal or cheapest energy supplier for everybody, so it’s important to run an energy comparison based on your own situation. That way we can help you find the best gas deal that meets your needs and lifestyle.
Power to Switch is a free and independent service helping you find a better deal. We compare all gas and suppliers in Northern Ireland and can help you switch in minutes
All you need is a few details: who your current gas supplier is, your current payment method and tariff. To get the most accurate comparison it’s best to use details of your current energy usage (or spend). This information will be included on your energy bill or statement.
If you don’t have details on your current usage or spend to hand you can use the average consumption figure which is 9,000kWh (Low), 13,500kWh (Medium) and 19,000kWh (High) for gas.
When it comes to comparing deals, you will need to know who your current gas supplier is. The easiest way to find this information is to check a recent gas bill.
If you don’t know who supplies your gas and can’t find a recent bill you can contact the relevant gas network operator.
If you live in the Greater Belfast or Larne area contact Phoenix Natural Gas on 03454 55 55 55
If you live in the ‘Ten Towns’ network contact Firmus energy on 0845 6080 088
If you live in the ‘West Network’ contact SGN Natural GAs on 0800 975 7774
Domestic consumers in the Greater Belfast and Larne area (Phoenix Network) can choose from two suppliers: firmus energy and SSE Airtricity.
Each gas supplier provides a choice of tariffs -– so it’s about picking the tariff that is best for you and your lifestyle. View our guide to tariffs here.
Price and savings will always rank highly when it comes to considering a new gas deal. But there are a few other things to consider….
Firstly, how you pay impacts on how much you pay! Payment options include Direct Debit, Pay as You Go, cash/card or cheque. And it’s worth remembering the best deals are usually available to Direct Debit customers.
How you are billed is also important. As with Direct Debit the best deals are usually available with tariffs that have online or e-billing rather than postal bills.
And a few other things to think about include…
- What type of plan suits your needs best – a discount tariff, fixed price or Pay as You Go.
- Is there a contract term with any offer, usually 1 or 2 years? Is there an early exit fee?
- Do you want a gas tariff where the supplier offsets the CO2 footprint of your gas consumption?
- Does the supplier offer any additional services e.g. Online account or smart technology?
Are there any other perks, cashbacks or promotions with the offer?
When you switch there are no changes to your meter or your pipework. If you change your mind you can cancel the switch up to ten working days after registering. The switch should be completed within 15 working days after the end of the cooling off period.
This really depends on you…and sometimes the best deal and cheapest deals will be the same and sometimes they won’t. Every household will be different – and it depends on what you value in terms of an energy deal. Maybe it’s the cheapest price, a deal with a cashback offer, or a fixed price deal.
It’s really about finding the deal that is right for you.
With ‘Power to Switch’ we can help you through this. We give you control over how to view results – you can view by price, by payment method or include the value of any cashback offer.
We also provide Information about each supplier, key features of the plan, payment and billing methods so any decision is made on full information.
To compare gas deals in Northern Ireland there are a few things that you will need.
- Current Supplier: Your current gas supplier.
- Current Payment Method: Direct Debit, on receipt of bill or Pay as You Go.
- Tariff Name: Name of tariff with current supplier
- Gas Usage: Enter how much gas you use (kWH) or spend (€). Or if you don’t know this you can use the average usage figures (9,000kWh, Low, 13,500kWh, Medium and 19,000kWh, High) to find out your savings