22 Nov 2019

With Energy prices on the rise in Northern Ireland, our pockets, purses and wallets suffer. The process can be quite easy and hassle free, and not only could you save money but you may even receive a better service.

If you are happy with your current supplier and service, why not give them a quick call to see if they can offer you anything extra, for example, a better rate.  You should also double check you aren’t tied into a contract with your existing supplier.

With 5 suppliers of domestic electricity in Northern Ireland (Budget Energy, Click Energy, Electric Ireland, Power NI, and SSE Airtricity) there is the opportunity to save money by switching your supplier with deals that can include welcome and/or loyalty bonuses.  With various options on ways to pay for your Electricity, it is possible to find a supplier and tariff tailored to your needs. Options may include monthly or quarterly bills, paperless billing, online accounts and pay-as-you-go keypad meters.

With the expanding Gas Network in Northern Ireland, more homes are now able to upgrade their heating systems to Natural Gas which is currently supplied by 2 main suppliers, Firmus Energy and SSE Airtricity.

Areas where Natural Gas is available include:

Ahoghilll • Antrim • Armagh • Ballyclare • Ballymena • Ballymoney • Banbridge • Benburb • Bessbrook • Blackwatertown • Craigavon • Cullybackey • Doagh • Derry/LondonDerry • Laurelvale • Limavady • Loughgall • Lurgan • Macosqiun • Maghaberry • Magheralin • Moira • Moy • Newbuildings • Newry • Portadown • Portstewart • Richhill • Templepatrick • Tandragee • Warrenpoint

 If your home is heated with heating oil, then the best way to save money is to buy your oil in bulk as it is a lot cheaper than buying it in drums or from a pump in a garage forecourt.

A problem that many homes face when purchasing oil is budgeting for a bulk order. There are ways to help with that, including contacting some oil suppliers and opening a saver account, allowing you to make regular payments.  There are also comparison websites available, some of which allow you to purchase your heating oil online and benefit from grouped orders of heating oil deliveries in your area.

The Consumer Council’s website has a useful tool for comparing electricity and gas prices, with information on local oil prices across different areas of Northern Ireland each week.  For more information please visit www.consumercouncil.org.uk or contact the Consumer Council on 028 9025 1600.