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Fourth price rise of winter hits with SSE Airtricity to raise gas and electricity prices just weeks before Christmas

The price increase will come into effect on 3 December 2018 adding €114 to customer bills.

SSE Airtricity has this morning announced a second price increase for 2018, with the latest increase to take effect at the start of December - adding €61.36 to the average annual electricity bill and €52.52 to the average annual gas bill.

This is a 6.3% increase for electricity and 6.9% increase for gas which amounts to €114 being lumped onto the average annual dual fuel energy bill.

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The supplier is the fourth to announce a second price rise this year with Flogas, Panda Power and Pinergy also issuing increases in the last five weeks.

As with the other three suppliers, SSE Airtricity says the latest hike in prices is a direct result of increasing wholesale costs of energy.

Come 3 December, the combined increase of SSE Airtricity’s 2018 price rises will have added €254 to customers energy bills in the space of just six months.

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“This is understandably a frustrating and worrying time for consumers, particularly with winter on its way when people’s energy usage typically peaks”

Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, said of the fourth price hike: “The latest price hike from SSE Airtricity, the second this year, is a bitter pill to swallow for customers, with the average annual bill set to go up by €113.88 come December, just weeks before Christmas. Consumers shouldn’t be paying more than they have to when it comes to their energy, which is why we are urging people to act now and take control by switching to a cheaper and more affordable deal.”

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