Electric Ireland has announced it will be increasing electricity prices by 13.5 per cent for customers from November 1.
This announcement means that, in the past 10 months, it has increased prices by more than 27 per cent.
The typical credit meter and keypad (PAYG) customers will see their bills rise by around £87 per year.
Raymond Gormley, Head of Energy Policy at the Consumer Council, said: “This news will adversely impact all Electric Ireland customers already experiencing financial pressures on their household budget, especially considering it is the third increase by the supplier this year.
“Consumers who are struggling with their energy bills should contact their supplier directly to find out how they can help during this time.
“The Consumer Council would encourage all consumers to think about ways they can reduce their energy costs.
“Switching payment option, changing billing method or switching supplier can save some money.”
Electric Ireland has confirmed that as part of its licensing agreement, there will be no exit fee applied to customers who switch to another supplier before October 31.
To support consumers in the switching process The Consumer Council’s website (www.consumercouncil.org.uk/energy) has a free, independent energy price comparison tool which empowers consumers to compare all electricity and gas tariffs across Northern Ireland in one place.
Raymond added: “The Consumer Council will continue to work with our energy companies and the Utility Regulator on the development of initiatives to help consumers experiencing payment difficulties.”
Consumers can also get in touch with the Consumer Council for free, independent advice by calling Freephone 0800 121 6022, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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