Consumers are encouraged to consider switching to save money on energy bills
The Consumer Council is calling on consumers to consider switching energy supplier to save money on their bills as the UK government’s Energy Price Guarantee scheme comes into effect in today, Tuesday 1 November 2022.
Electricity and gas suppliers across Northern Ireland will apply tariff reductions as part of the scheme, which will reduce the unit costs of electricity and gas.
Peter McClenaghan, Director of Infrastructure and Sustainability at the Consumer Council said:
“Consumers in Northern Ireland will welcome the Energy Price Guarantee as it will reduce their electricity and gas bills.
“The scheme will apply a discount to the unit prices of electricity and gas and all suppliers will apply the same discount. This means some energy suppliers’ prices will still be much higher than others, so we are encouraging consumers to think about switching supplier or tariff as some households could make savings of over £500.”
To take the hassle out of switching, the Consumer Council’s free online Energy Price Comparison Tool on its website, lets consumers see all available tariffs from all suppliers in one place. This empowers consumers to check which options give them the best deal for their energy. Electricity and gas supplies won’t be interrupted during the switching process.
“Consumers should know that their exact electricity and gas bills will still depend on how much energy they use – as the scheme is a discount – not a price cap. We also encourage any consumers who are struggling to pay their energy bills or to top-up their meter, to contact their supplier directly for help and information.”
The Consumer Council has launched an Energy Efficiency campaign, providing consumers with short animations outlining practical steps to help make their electricity and heating go that little bit further.
Consumers can also get in touch with the Consumer Council for free independent advice by calling Freephone 0800 121 6022 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.