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Flogas becomes the fifth supplier to announce a price rise

Gas prices will go up by 3.3% from 1 December

After years of price cuts in the energy market, the last few weeks have seen a slew of price hikes from Irish energy suppliers.

Flogas is the latest to announce a rise, with prices going up 3.3% from 1 December. They say this amounts to €0.39 per week, or just over €20 per year.

Price rises from Bord Gáis Energy and SSE Airtricity come into effect today, while Energia’s electricity hike starts from 1 December, and Electric Ireland’s kicks in from 1 February next year.

“These price increases are going to be felt across the board”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Switcher.ie’s Managing Director Eoin Clarke said that there’s been no let up for energy customers lately, especially when you take into account the PSO Levy increase), on top of all the price rises.

He added: “With the clocks going back last weekend, and temperatures starting to drop, these price increases are going to be felt across the board on consumers’ winter bills.”

Be more energy efficient

Last year, three in five Irish households were forced to borrow to meet the costs of essential bills. However, you can avoid getting into debt by being savvy about your energy usage, as well as the price you pay for your energy.

It’s possible to make your money go further by taking some energy-saving measures to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible.

Simple things you can do include sealing off any draughts, turning off appliances completely instead of leaving them on standby, and replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.

Switch and save

After you’ve made sure you’re being as energy-efficient as you can, you should also make sure you’re paying as little as possible for the energy you do use.

Despite the price increases, there are still introductory discounts of up to 33% available on some plans, as well as ongoing discounts for things like paying by Direct Debit and receiving bills online, so there are definitely savings to be made.

An average dual fuel customer switching from typical standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market can save up to €362, and you’ll save even more if you have higher consumption.

Switch now

Switching is quick, easy and free

Switching only takes a few minutes using our free, impartial gas and electricity comparison tool, and all suppliers use the same pipes and cables to supply energy to your home, so there’s no loss in service.

If you have any questions about the switching process, our energy switching guide should help.