7.5% increase by SSE Airtricity is ‘unwelcome news’

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The Consumer Council has described the 7.5% domestic tariff increase by SSE Airtricity as ‘unwelcome news’.

They have encouraged consumers to be aware that savings can be made.

In total over 200,000 (26%) households across Northern Ireland will be affected by this change.



The increase, which comes into effect on 1st October 2017, will see a typical customers household electricity bill rise from £470 to £505, an increase of £35 per year.

John French, Chief Executive of The Consumer Council said, “With already pressed budgets, this 7.5% increase from SSE Airtricity will be disappointing news for consumers. SSE Airtricity needs to clearly explain to its customers why this increase is higher than Power NI’s 5.6% increase, which was scrutinised by the Utility Regulator.”



John continued, “Our message to consumers is to check if an alternative supplier can offer a better deal. Households may be able to save around £75 per year by switching supplier. Our online energy price comparison tool (http://www.consumercouncil.org.uk/energy/energy-price-comparison/) makes it easy to compare prices and simply explains the switching process.”



“If SSE Airtricity customers remain happy with the service they receive, we would still recommend that they act.

He added,  “They should contact SSE Airtricity on 0345 864 3546 to see if they are on the best possible deal, or if they could save money by using direct debits or receiving e-bills; where a saving of £35 per year can be made against the standard tariff.”


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