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# Energy Bills

This week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Steep rise in number of Irish households falling into arrears on energy bills
There has been a steady rise in households falling into arrears on electricity payments since the Government’s
This month
September 2023
McGrath says Budget will be focused on cost of living and helping households with bills
The Finance Minister said he is “very conscious” of petrol and diesel costs and that a decision will be made on excise duty before the Budget.
This year
Energy supports for families and businesses to form part of Budget 2024
The Taoiseach says energy bills are not falling fast enough.
More than a third of parents surveyed by Barnardos had to cut back on heating due to inflation
The research is based on a survey of a sample of 315 parents.
Regulator 'encouraging' energy suppliers to pass on price reductions 'as soon as possible'
A report by
Christina Finn
The CRU says it is ‘very concerned’ about the impact of high energy prices on households and businesses.
'Harder and harder to make ends meet': Your stories about coping with high energy costs
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Readers have detailed their experiences in dealing with high energy prices.
How are you managing your electricity bills? We want to hear your stories
We want to get a sense of how Irish households are coping with electricity prices – here’s how you can take part.
SVP report shows number of people unable to heat their homes more than doubled last year
Using data from the CSO, the new report reveals around 377,000 people lived in homes they were unable to adequately heat last year.
Varadkar says windfall tax is coming and calls on energy companies to drop their prices
The Taoiseach says Government won’t just be using ‘politie encouragement’ to get prices down.
Ban on electricity and gas disconnections extended to the end of March for all customers
The moratorium was due to end on 28 February.
Varadkar says he'll reveal plans for eviction ban and cost-of-living supports in mid-February
The Taoiseach said it is ‘fair to say that the rising cost-of-living is biting hard’.
Last year
Energy costs: Pinergy to increase electricity bills by 14% from January
This increase is expected to add approximately €320 to electricity bills for Pinergy customers.
More financial supports for struggling householders may be announced soon, Ryan indicates
The financial aid is set to be part of the upcoming Energy Poverty Strategy Review.
Disconnection moratorium: How will pay-as-you-go customers be impacted this winter?
The matter has been before the Dáil on multiple occasions in the last two weeks.
Minister meeting energy companies to discuss protections for PAYG and vulnerable customers
The minister is also discussing customers supports and charges with the service providers.
125,000 Electric Ireland customers in arrears as company told €3m hardship fund is 'pittance'
The company’s hardship fund, which is there to aid customers struggling to pay bills, will be reviewed into the winter.
All households to receive energy credits worth a total of €600
The first credit, worth €200, will be applied to bills in November.
Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'
Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is not ruling out price caps, but added that he was nervous about it.
Exchequer records surplus of €6.3 billion as coalition plots Budget to tackle cost of living crisis
It comes as the ESRI’s senior research officer said that 43% of households could be in energy poverty due to rising prices.
Taoiseach calls energy prices 'off the Richter scale' as Electric Ireland confirms new hike
Electric Ireland has announced its third increase in five months starting from October.
Price hikes: SSE Airtricity to increase gas bills by 39% and electricity by 35.4%
These increases will see an extra €1.62 a day on electricity bills and an extra €1.40 a day on gas bills.
The price increases are set to come into effect on 1 October.
SSE Airtricity have said the increases are due to "continued volatility" in the global energy market.
The price hikes come as Ireland faces the highest level of inflation in 38 years.
Taoiseach says he doesn't anticipate fuel rationing in coming months
Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
The Taoiseach told the Dáil that Putin wants western governments to get the blame for rising energy costs.
All time
Cabinet approves €100 payment for all electricity customers
The Dáil is finishing up for Christmas this week.
Employees working at home will be allowed claim back 30% of their energy bills against tax
Currently those working at home can only claim 10% against their gas and electricity bills.
Budget 2022: Government considering two measures for people working from home
Budget negotiations are set to continue throughout the weekend ahead of Tuesday’s annoucement.
Budget negotiations to continue this weekend on whether to give a tax break or cash boost to people working from home, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
Concerns raised that increasing the percentage someone can claim back on their bills might encourage people to be less careful about their household energy consumption.
The pension and welfare package will be a 'big part' of the Budget next week, says Varadkar
Homeowners to pay back cost of house retrofits through their energy bills over 10 to 20 years
The initiative is contained in the new Climate Action Plan which will be published in a couple of weeks.
More households borrowing money to pay "increasingly unaffordable" energy bills
Increasing numbers are turning to credit cards or dipping into savings.
Poll: Do you struggle to pay your energy bills?
The Society of St Vincent de Paul say more people are approaching them because they can’t pay their energy bills. Are you one of the people in difficulty?
56pc of Irish homes 'go into debt to pay essential bills'
Research from uSwitch says over half of Irish homes have to dip into savings, or borrow money, to make ends meet.
One in four unable to cope with increased energy costs - survey
The latest Disposable Income Tracker by the Irish League of Credit Unions shows families’ concerns over making ends meet and heating their homes this winter.