Newry households urged to ‘make the switch’ this winter

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015
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The Consumer Council is encouraging all households in the Newry and Mourne area to consider switching their energy supplier this winter. consumercouncilA typical consumer who shops around and switches could save up to £106 on their annual electricity bill. Speaking about switching Richard Williams, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said, “As we enter the winter months, there is the increasing need to heat and light our homes. With new suppliers entering the electricity market there has never been a better time to shop around and get the best deal available on cost and service. “Switching can make a real difference to household bills by switching either your energy supplier and/or by changing your payment or billing method. Consumers can save even more money by saving energy; turning off appliances when not in use, installing energy efficient measures and using hot water more wisely as it accounts for up to a quarter of households energy bills.” Richard added, “For those consumers on home heating oil there is also good news as the cost of home heating oil has dropped over the last year. The average price of a 500 litre fill in Northern Ireland is now £158, less than half of what it was when it peaked in 2013. Canny oil consumers can save even more money by shopping around for the cheapest supplier.” The Consumer Council has produced electricity and gas price comparison tables, easy to read ‘Switch On’ guides and undertakes a weekly home heating oil price survey to help consumers get the best deal. For all of the above information on switching or to receive a copy of our ‘Switch On’ guides visit the Consumer Council website www.consumercouncil.org.uk, call 0800 121 6022 or follow them on facebook (The-Consumer-Council-Northern-Ireland) and twitter (ConsumerCouncil).

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