Electric and gas price increases in Northern Ireland – Belfast Live

A number of energy firms have announced price rises across Northern Ireland.

Over the coming months, bills for many households will rise due to the energy firm price increases, with some already having raised them earlier this year already.

It will mean that some houses could be paying hundreds more on energy next year.

The Consumer Council has said that the news will be particularly bad for consumers, who have already seen a rise in other expenses such as food and fuel.

Following a price increase by Electric Ireland, Raymond Gormley, Head of Energy Policy at the Consumer Council, said: “This news will adversely impact all Electric Ireland customers already experiencing financial pressures on their household budget especially considering it is the third increase by the supplier this year. Consumers who are struggling with their energy bills should contact their supplier directly to find out how they can help during this time.

“The Consumer Council would encourage all consumers to think about ways they can reduce their energy costs. Switching payment option, changing billing method or switching supplier can save some money.”

This is how your energy bill will be affected with the changes:

Gas

Firmus

The energy firm announced this week that customers would see a 33% price rise starting on October 22, affecting 50,000 customers.

It is expected that the average household energy bill will increase by £182 per year.

It comes following a previous tariff increase earlier this year in April.

SSE Airtricity

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

The company says the move, which comes after a “consultation with the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator”, will see the average home’s gas bill go up by £112.

The increase, which SSE are blaming on a range of factors, applies to all domestic and small business customers.

Electric

Electric Ireland

From November 1, Electric Ireland customers will see a 13.5% rise in energy prices.

The announcement means that over the past 10 months, the firm has increased its tariffs by 27%.

The typical credit meter and keypad (PAYG) customers will see their bills rise by around £87 per year.

Budget Energy

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

The announcement means that over the past seven months, the firm has increased its tariffs by 36%.

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

The increase will affect around 90,000 customers.

Click Energy

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

It had previously raised tariffs by 9%.

This will see the typical bill paying and keypad (PAYG) meter customers needing to find up to an extra £100 per year.

Bright Energy

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

It was the second tariff increase by the energy supplier in three months.

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

SSE Airtricity

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

This will see the typical SSE Airtricity customer needing to find up to an extra £58 per year.

Power NI

Northern Ireland’s largest energy supplier Power NI increased its prices by 6.9% on July 1.

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

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

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