This summary report covers the key findings as to how Northern Ireland consumers feel about their finances, now and in the future. It also covers which elements of household expenditure worry them the most, if they shop around for essential goods and services and switch. In addition it also highlights if they have been targeted by scams and how well they know their consumer rights.
Use this tool when you're purchasing a new appliance such as a fridge freezer or washing machine. It'll give you a rough guide to the running costs and let you make an informed choice when weighing up the pros & cons between more efficient (A+++ rated) or less efficient (G rated) model variations. You'll need to enter your tariff rate and the appliance's power rating.
This table is a guide using the tariff cost provided by you based on your electricity supplier. The amount you pay per unit should be on your most recent bill or you can get this information from your key pad or your current supplier.
If you lose any of your official documentation, such as passport or birth certificate, notify the police immediately. You should also inform the relevant body, for example your bank branch. If your official documentation is damaged, by flood or fire for example, then it is important to begin replacing them as soon as possible. You should start with your birth certificate, as it will be necessary in obtaining other documentation.
The Consumer Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Utility Regulator (UR) Backbilling in the NI Retail Energy Market Call for Evidence (CfE). An unexpectedly high energy bill is a common reason why low income households can be pushed into debt, and microbusinesses and third sector organisations into financial stress.