Review and reduce your regular bills. Remember, being a loyal customer doesn’t always pay. If you switch your bank account, electricity tariff or car insurance provider you could save £100s.
All electricity consumers in Northern Ireland, and gas consumers in Belfast and Larne are able to switch supplier. With the right information and advice, switching can be a quick and hassle free experience. Switching your energy supplier could not only save you money but you may also receive a better service.
See our ‘Switch On’ guide for more information on switching or try out our online energy price comparison tool to see if you are getting the best deal, click here for more information or use the below links.
Home Heating Oil
If you living in a house with oil heating, savings can be made by shopping around suppliers each time. Try not to rely on emergency drums as they cost considerably more.
Click HERE to see the cheapest oil prices!
Consumers can also shop around for the best form of transport for their needs. Consumers should factor in all transport related costs when planning their journeys, including parking and fuel costs when deciding whether to drive or travel by public transport.
Visit Translink’s website www.translink.co.uk or call its Contact Centre on 028 9066 6630 for the latest fares, timetables and travel information. Also check the ‘What Ticket?’ function of Translink's website to get ideas on the best ticket for you.
Broadband services are available throughout NI. Broadband can be delivered using a range of technologies, including Fixed Line, Fixed Wireless, Satellite and Mobile. Just like choosing a mobile phone provider, when choosing a broadband provider and contract, it is important to establish the speed of the provider’s network in your area and to shop around to ensure you are getting the best deal to meet your needs.
- Price Comparison
A good way to find out what deals are available is to check out the price comparison sites, which have been accredited by Ofcom. The Ofcom price accreditation scheme logo is awarded to websites that have had their price comparison services put through a rigorous independent audit. For more information on Broadband Price Comparisons sites, visit Ofcom’s website here.
- Broadband availability and speed checker
To check out the availability and speed of broadband in your area, Ofcom has a free mobile and broadband checker app so you can work out the best network for you. Visit Ofcom’s website here.
There are many ways you can cut your food shopping bills from planning your meals and writing a shopping list to reviewing deals on offer in store and only buying what you need. Follow our food shopping tips to help you save money and reduce waste. Click here to find out more.
There’s never been a better time to get your finances in order and decide whether you’re getting the best from your current bank account. You can compare different banks and building societies by checking their websites directly, talking to your friends and family or using our new current account comparison table - click here.
The new Switching Guarantee Service makes it quick and hassle free to switch current account. It takes seven working days and the new bank provider is responsible for automatically switching incoming and outgoing payments to the new account. All you need to do is contact the bank you wish to switch to, and it will do the rest.
See our Switching Bank Account Factsheet here.
When it comes to looking for car, home contents or travel insurance, always shop around! If renewing your policy, don’t accept the first policy quoted. Remember to compare the cover each policy offers, not just the price.
You can shop around by going to an insurance broker, contacting providers directly or using price comparison websites.
See our useful guides:
- Driving Down the Cost of Car Insurance
- Home Contents Insurance – a guide for people who rent their home
- Travel Insurance Factsheet