SSE Airtricity have announced a 3.9% price increase for electricity customers in Northern Ireland which will kick in from 1st March 2021.
Normally, Spring is a time when energy use in the home starts to drop…but with ongoing restrictions and ‘stay at home’ message our energy use remains high. So, any increase in prices will be unwelcome news for customers.
What does the price drop mean for customers?
SSE Airtricity have around 162k electricity customers, around 20% of the market, who will now see their bills increase.
The price change will add around £22 per year for a typical customer on SSE’s Smartsaver standard tariff*. Despite this price change, following a price reduction of over 5% last summer, SSE Airtricity customers will continue to pay around £10 less for their electricity than this time last year.
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What SSE Airtricity have said…
SSE Airtricity have said the price increase reflects increased network and market charges that are outside their control.
David Manning, Director of Home Energy at SSE Airtricity, has said that the decision to increase prices has been a difficult one, especially after reducing prices last year, but charges outside their control including electricity network and market charges have increased significantly.
He said that “We have made every effort to absorb these costs through the winter in order to reduce the impact on our customers. As always, we will do everything we can to assist our customers and encourage anyone that is having difficulty with their bills to please contact us and we will work with you to find a solution together.”
Get in touch with your energy supplier
As everyone realises we are living in uncertain times. It’s important to get in touch with your energy supplier to discuss any payment issues or concerns and help manage your account. Even providing an up to date meter read can make sure your payments are accurate and up to date.
Finding a better deal…
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*From 1 March 2021, the typical annual cost of home electricity will be £592.03, based on a customer on 24hr SmartSaver Standard credit meter tariff (Direct Debit with eBilling) with typical consumption of 3,200 kWh. Figures are inclusive of VAT. Actual costs and savings vary according to meter type, individual tariff and consumption.