Over 38,000 customers living in the regulated Ten Towns area will see their bills increase from Monday 1 October, adding £75/yr to a typical household bill – with no option to switch.
Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator, which oversees domestic charges in the Ten Towns area, agreed to the new prices, blaming the hikes on a rise in the wholesale cost of gas in the global market and increases in the cost of transporting natural gas.
A further 49,000 customers in the Greater Belfast area will be hit with a £65/yr increase from Thursday 4 October. Although there is the option to switch to SSE Airtricity, it has also just hiked gas prices by 11% so the savings would stand at about £35/yr on average.
Though switching options are limited, you can get a discount with Firmus by paying by direct debit. Customers in the Greater Belfast area can get a further discount by managing their account online.
For more information, see our Cheap Northern Ireland Energy guide.