With winter weather upon us we need more electricity, gas and oil to light and heat our homes.

Did you know there are five electricity companies in Northern Ireland who have over 20 different tariffs on offer and they all want you to be one of their customers? Back in October 2019, four of the five electricity suppliers put up their prices. Now is the time to see if you can get a better deal than the one you are currently on. A better deal might be with a different supplier or by changing your payment or billing method with your current supplier.

The Consumer Council has an interactive, independent online energy price comparison tool which will show you the best electricity and gas deals, as well as guides to explain the switching process. All you need is a recent bill to hand, visit www.consumercouncil.org.uk and search for Energy Price Comparison Tool then follow the 5 easy steps.


If you are unable to access the online tool, call The Consumer Council freephone on 0800 121 6022 and someone will be able to provide free advice or navigate the tool with you.

Switching is simple and there is no interruption to your electricity or gas supply; you will just start receiving bills from your new supplier.

The Consumer Council also publishes a weekly Home Heating Oil survey showing the highest, lowest and average costs in Northern Ireland, as well as the average cost for 300L, 500L and 900L in your local area. For further information or advice visit our website www.consumercouncil.org.uk, contact them on freephone 0800 121 6022, email info@consumercouncil.org.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter.