Firmus Energy customers urged to check if they are getting the best deal following tariff increase
The Consumer Council is urging Firmus Energy gas customers in the Ten Towns and Greater Belfast areas to consider ways to save on their household energy bills. This follows the announcement that Firmus Energy is to put up gas prices in the Ten Towns area by 6.8% from 5 April 2018, and in the Greater Belfast market by 8.8% from 16 April 2018.
Firmus Energy is the second gas supplier to announce a tariff increase in the last week, following SSE Airtricity’s announcement of a 7.8% increase in Greater Belfast.
Speaking about the price increase, Richard Williams, Head of Energy at The Consumer Council, said: “This is unwelcome news, however we know that the Ten Towns tariff is analysed by the Utility Regulator, and in Greater Belfast Firmus Energy competes with SSE Airtricity’s ‘regulated’ tariff.
“Following the price increase, the typical Firmus Energy annual bill in Ten Towns will increase by £39 per year to £619. This compares to £534 for regulated SSE Airtricity customers in Greater Belfast. This difference is mainly due to Firmus Energy recovering a previous discount on the tariff which was designed to encourage the take up of natural gas in the early days of its roll out in the Ten Towns. The Utility Regulator has determined that this additional cost will be paid off by consumers by December 2019.
“Firmus Energy is the sole supplier of gas in the Ten Towns, however switching payment and billing method, or implementing simple energy efficiency measures, can help save these customers money. Firmus Energy customers in Greater Belfast will see a typical bill increase by £45. We would encourage these customers to shop around and get the best possible deal. The Consumer Council’s free online price comparison tool will help consumers check if they are on the best deal”
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