The first of the government electricity credits is set to land in accounts from Friday, the 1st of December.

Ahead of that however, the government have warned the public to be vigilant about scams.

A scam alert has been issued to warn people about receiving text messages that tell them to click on a link to claim an energy credit. These texts link to a site that looks like

Read more:Full list of people who will qualify for €200 lump sum paid from today

The Government is not offering any such scheme and people are warned not to click on the link or enter any personal details.

Households will receive a €150 credit within days, the first of three which will end up adding up to €450 in total.

You get:

  • The first instalment between 1 December and 31 December 2023
  • The second instalment between 1 January and 31 January 2024
  • The third instalment between 1 March and 31 March 2024

The date you got your credit depends on the date that your supplier normally sends you your bill. The credit may not appear on your first bill during these payment periods, this depends on your individual billing cycle. Suppliers have information on their websites with the exact dates the credit is shown on customers’ bills.

You see a ‘credit line’ on your bill in the amount of €137.61 (this is €150 excluding VAT). The total payments are €412.84 across the 3 instalments.

It has the identifier ‘Government Electricity Credit 1, 2 or 3’ or an abbreviated version of this depending on your supplier (for example Govt. Credit). It must include “Government”, “Govt” or “Gov” and must state “1”, “2” or “3” to show which instalment you are getting.

The credit applies to domestic electricity accounts registered with an electricity supplier in the Republic of Ireland.

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