Customers feel the heat from rising energy prices

If you find yourself struggling with your energy bills, the sooner you tackle your arrears, the less chance of the problem spiralling out of control, writes Emma Kennedy.

27th January, 2013
Falling behind on your energy bills could limit your options to switch provider. Photo: Thinkstock

Rising energy bills have put huge pressure on families who are already feeling the pinch.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, electricity prices rose 8.7 per cent in the year to December, while gas prices rose 9.4 per cent in the same period.

For energy providers, rising costs present a problem, as more and more customers fall behind with payments. About 10 per cent of Electric Ireland customers are in arrears, with Airtricity...

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