They don’t need electricity. Obama’s global warming will keep them cozy all winter.
Over 350,000 households across Northern Ireland could be left in fuel poverty when Power NI increases prices by almost 20%, it has been warned.
With over 300,000 homes in Northern Ireland already struggling to pay for fuel, a leading consumer organisation said the price hike planned for October could spell disaster for an additional 50,000 homes across the province.
With 721,100 households in Northern Ireland, this means almost one in two homes will be in fuel poverty this winter.
At least 1,000 people die in Northern Ireland every winter from cold-related conditions, such as pneumonia, and the 18.6% increase is likely to make it even harder for people across the province to heat their homes.
Chief executive of the Consumer Council Antoinette McKeown said customers of Power NI will see their bills rise £92 a year to £588.
“Overall it will mean that the majority of households in Northern Ireland will have an energy bill of £2,114 per year,” she said.