Rising electricity and gas prices in Northern Ireland


A number of energy companies have announced price increases across Northern Ireland.

Over the next few months, many household bills will rise due to rising energy prices, with some having already increased it earlier this year.

This means that some homes could pay hundreds more for energy next year.

The Consumers Council said the news would be particularly bad for consumers, who have already seen an increase in other expenses such as food and fuel.

Following an increase in Electric Ireland prices, Raymond Gormley, Energy Policy Manager at the Consumers Council, said: “This news will have a negative impact on all Electric Ireland customers who are already under pressure. financial resources on their household budget, especially since this is the supplier’s third increase. This year. Consumers struggling with their energy bills should contact their supplier directly to find out how they can help them during this time.

“The Consumers Council would encourage all consumers to think about ways to reduce their energy costs. Changing your payment option, changing your billing method, or switching providers can save you money. “

Here’s how your energy bill will be affected by the changes:

Gas

Firmus

The energy company announced this week that customers will see a 33% price increase from October 22, affecting 50,000 customers.

The average household energy bill is expected to increase by £ 182 per year.

This follows a previous rate hike earlier this year in April.

ESS Airtricity

The energy company announced earlier this year that customers would see a 21.8% price increase from October 1.

The company says the move, which comes after “consultation with Northern Ireland’s utilities regulator”, will cause a home’s average gas bill to rise by £ 112.

The increase, which SSE attributes to a series of factors, applies to all domestic and small business customers.

Electric

Electric Ireland

From November 1, Electric Ireland customers will see energy prices increase by 13.5%.

The announcement means that in the past 10 months, the company has increased its rates by 27%.

Typical Credit Meters and Keypads (PAYG) customers will see their bills increase by around £ 87 per year.

Energy Budget

From Friday October 8, Budget Energy customers will see their prices increase by 18%.

The announcement means that in the past seven months, the company has increased its rates by 36%.

The typical customer with a credit meter will see their bill increase by around £ 129 per year, while customers with a keypad meter (PAYG) will see an annual increase of around £ 128 per year.

The increase will affect approximately 90,000 customers.

Click on Energy

On Friday October 1, Click Energy raised prices for its customers by 16%, which was the second price increase in a month.

It had previously increased tariffs by 9%.

This will see typical bill payment and keypad meter (PAYG) customers having to find up to an additional £ 100 per year.

Luminous energy

On Thursday, September 9, Bright Energy raised electricity prices for its customers by 20%.

This is the energy supplier’s second rate increase in three months.

A typical Bright Energy customer with a credit meter will see their bill increase by 20% to around £ 682 per year, while customers with a keypad meter (PAYG) will see an annual increase of 18% to around £ 695.

ESS Airtricity

On August 1, SSE Airtricity increased its electric tariffs by 9.7%.

So the typical SSE Airtricity customer will need to find up to £ 58 extra per year.

NI power supply

Northern Ireland’s largest energy supplier, Power NI, hiked prices 6.9% on July 1.

A typical Power NI customer with a credit meter will see their bill increase by around £ 39 per year, while customers with a keypad meter (PAYG) will see an annual increase of around £ 38.

This means that 450,000 homes in Northern Ireland will see their annual electricity cost increase to around £ 600.

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