This morning, Flogas Natural Gas became the latest energy supplier to announce a price increase – the fifth supplier to do so in just over a month.
It is increasing the unit price for residential natural gas customers by 3.3% from 1 December 2017, which will increase the typical gas bill by 39 cent per week, or just over €20 per year. Like the other suppliers, Flogas Natural Gas puts the increase down to a rise in the cost of wholesale natural gas. The increase follows a number of price cuts from the company over the past few years.
The first of the energy market increases comes into effect from today, with gas and electricity increases for Bord Gáis Energy customers and an electricity increase from SSE Airtricity. Meanwhile, Energia’s increase for electricity customers is effective from 1 December, while Electric Ireland is also raising electricity prices from 1 February.
Commenting on the announcement, Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, says: “It seems there’s to be no let up for energy customers, as today’s news takes the number of suppliers implementing winter price increases to five. With the clocks going back last weekend, and temperatures starting to drop, these price increases are going to be felt across the board on consumers’ winter bills.
“We know that three in five Irish households were forced to borrow to meet the costs of essential bills last year, but being savvy about energy usage – and the price you pay – could help consumers to avoid getting into debt. First of all, it’s possible to make your money go further by taking steps to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible – so seal off any draughts, turn off appliances completely instead of leaving them on standby, and replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.
“Next, make sure you’re paying as little as possible for the energy you do use. All of the price increase announcements might make it seem that there’s no point in switching, but it’s important to remember that there are still introductory discounts of up to 33% available on some plans, as well as ongoing discounts for things like paying by Direct Debit and receiving bills online. An average dual fuel customer switching from typical standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market can save up to €362, and you’ll save even more if you have higher consumption, so taking a few minutes to compare deals and switch could really pay off.”
Switching is straightforward and free. Use Switcher.ie’s free gas and electricity comparison tool to get started – comparing deals and making a switch only takes around 5 minutes.
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Maeve McLaughlin, Switcher.ie on 01 517 5922/087 133 2526 or email@example.com
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Notes to editors
 Source: Switcher.ie – Bord Gáis Energy price hike – gas and electricity prices to rise from 1 November
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 In response to the question: ”Apart from your regular income, which methods did you use to meet the costs of essential bills in the last year?” Research was carried out for Switcher.ie by Coyne Research, involving 1,000 online interviews with Irish adults aged 18+years. The total sample is representative of the national population in Ireland.
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