Energy price increases come into effect for consumers in Northern Ireland
Energy price increases will come into effect for householder in Northern Ireland this month from the following providers:
Click Energy +28.2% from Sat 1 October
Electric Ireland +29% from Sat 1 October
SSE Airtricity +35.4% from Sat 1 October
Firmus Energy +56.3% from Mon 3 October
Budget Energy 32% from Fri 7 October
The most recent of these price increase announcements is from Budget Energy, who announced a 32% increase earlier this month.
Peter McClenaghan, our Director of Infrastructure and Sustainability, said:
“This week all but one energy company in Northern Ireland will apply large price increases to domestic consumer bills. These increases will heighten the cost-of-living pressure most Northern Ireland consumers are already experiencing.
“We welcome the progress announced last week by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the delivery of the Energy Bill Support Scheme and Energy Price Guarantee. However, even under the Price Cap, energy bills will remain hundreds of pounds higher than they have previously been.
"For those who can, we encourage consumers to try to reduce the energy they are using through adopting energy efficiency measures. This is particularly important because the Energy Price Guarantee, when it is implemented, will be a cap on the unit rate of energy; meaning you could still face bills over £2,500 if you use a lot of energy.
“We are acutely aware of the extreme pressures felt across all households, including consumers who use home heating oil. We have been engaging with BEIS and the Northern Ireland Office to represent consumers and outline the challenges heating oil consumers are, and will, face without further support.
“We urge anyone who is struggling to pay their energy bills or to top-up their meters to contact their supplier for support without delay. We also remind people to provide meter-readings to avoid receiving estimated bills, and to check they are on the best tariff and payment method for their needs."
You can visit:
www.consumercouncil.org.uk/energyvideos to view our animations created in partnership with the Department for the Economy and the Utility Regulator that explain why prices are increasing and provide information on how you can save energy in your home.
You can also call 0800 121 6022 to speak to one of our advisors.
CLICK HERE to check you are on the best tariff with the Consumer Council's Energy Price Comparison Tool which compares all electricity and gas tariffs available in Northern Ireland.