Published on 16 October 2014 10:00 AM
Choosing the cheapest electricity supplier here is easier than you think. A new locally-owned website identifies the cheapest tariffs offered by the four companies competing in Northern Ireland for your custom. With a few clicks of the button it will work out just how much you can save by switching.
The website, enirgy.info, is managed by veteran business journalist Jamie Delargy. As well as calculating the benefits of moving supplier, the site also provides information about whether you need to sign a contract to access a deal and how much it will cost to leave the arrangement early.
According to Mr Delargy, the site has arrived at an important time for the consumer. “For several years after the domestic electricity market was opened to competition, Power NI remained the only supplier, but since 2010 it has been joined by SSE Airtricity, Budget Energy and Electric Ireland,” he explained.
“I have believed for some time that there is a need for an online service here which can perform a similar job to energy price comparison sites operating in Britain and the Republic. Now consumers in Northern Ireland can use the site to choose the cheapest deal to fit their preferred method of payment.
Mr Delargy said it is important to note that the site is independent of the energy industry. It does not accept advertising from the suppliers featured and also does not take ‘click through’ fees which are often paid by electricity companies to comparison sites for helping them win new customers.
The organisation which oversees the energy industry here says enirgy.info will help householders make up their minds about which electricity deal is best for them. Utility Regulator Chief Executive, Jenny Pyper, said: “I welcome the launch of this locally based website which provides another source of public information to help consumers make better informed choices about their energy tariffs.”