Consumer Council offers advice as Power NI latest energy company to hike prices by 21.4%
Northern Ireland’s largest energy supplier, Power NI is set to increase its electricity tariff by 21.4 per cent from 1 January 2022.
This increase will see the yearly electricity bill of a typical household with a credit meter rise by around £131 per year. Those customers with a keypad (PAYG) meter costs will increase by around £127 per year.
Raymond Gormley, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said:
“This is only Power NI’s second increase in two years but the news will adversely impact those customers already experiencing financial pressures on their household budget, especially as the increase comes at the beginning of the New Year.
“The Consumer Council would encourage Power NI customers on a standard tariff to think about switching payment option or changing billing method. Consumers could save around £60 per year by benefiting from discounts offered by the supplier.
“Consumers who are struggling financially with their energy bills or topping up their meter should contact their supplier directly for help and information.”
There are some steps consumers can take to be more energy efficient at home and to reduce their electricity costs including:
Switch it off – The fan on a laptop keeps running when in standby mode. Shutting it down when not in use can save £19 per year.
Switch to LED – Changing from standard light bulbs to LED bulbs can save around £35 per year.
Switch and save – Different payment options or changing supplier can save some money. Use The Consumer Council’s free independent energy price comparison tool to compare all available electricity and gas tariffs across Northern Ireland in one place.
Consumers can also get in touch with The Consumer Council for free independent advice by:
• Calling FREEPHONE: 0800 121 6022
• Emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org