SSE Airtricity Gas Tariffs to Increase in Greater Belfast

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SSE Airtricity gas customers in the Greater Belfast area will have to find extra money for their gas bills after SSE announced an increase of 7.6% with effect from the 31 March 2017.

The increase will affect its 140,000 gas customers in the Greater Belfast area and will see an average household annual gas bill rise by around £36 to £501.

Speaking about the price increase, Richard Williams, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said: “Consumers consistently tell us the cost of energy is their top concern, so it is disappointing to see prices increase. However, this unwelcome increase should be put into context. It is the first increase to the regulated natural gas tariff in Belfast since April 2013 and reflects an increase of over 50% in the wholesale cost of gas since April 2016.

“In theory there is competition in domestic natural gas supply in Belfast. However domestic customers have not switched supplier in the last couple of years because there are currently no savings to be made between suppliers. This contrasts with the domestic electricity market in Northern Ireland where switching supplier can provide savings to the average household of up to £134 per year for consumers.”

Richard concluded “We would encourage all customers to think about all the ways they can reduce their energy costs. Even switching payment or changing billing method can save money. We have lots of resources to help, from our step by step guide to the switching process and energy efficiency advice and information.”

Copies of all resources and guides are available to download from www.consumercouncil.org.uk, via 0800 121 6022, facebook or twitter. 

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