Price hikes from major broadband and energy suppliers start today

Price hikes from two major broadband providers and four leading energy suppliers take effect today.

Sky, Vodafone, Energia, Flogas, Pinergy and PrePayPower customers can expect to see their bills increase from today onwards, according to a price comparison website.

Sky’s price increase will affect certain broadband customers and certain TV customers, and will add between EUR2 and EUR4 to monthly bills.

Vodafone’s hike will affect some broadband customers and some voice customers, and will add an average of EUR4 to monthly bills.

Simply Broadband customers will see an increase of EUR7 a month and Simply Talk customers will be hit with a hike of EUR10 a month – or EUR120 a year.

Energia’s 3.9% electricity price hike also takes effect today, adding EUR31 to bills for customers with average consumption.

Flogas’ 3.3% gas price increase will add EUR20 to average annual bills.

Pinergy’s 5.6% electricity price hike will add EUR41 to average annual bills.

PrePayPower’s electricity price hike will add EUR34 to average annual bills.

These price increases come on the back of the news that Ireland has the third highest broadband prices and the fourth highest electricity prices in the EU.

December 1 is also the date on which Leap card and other public transport fares are set to increase.

“The increases, which come as we head into the expensive Christmas season, could add up to hundreds of euro to annual household bills,” according to Head of Communications Mark Whelan.

Mr Whelan said Sky and Vodafone customers who received an increase today are free to change providers without being hit with contract breakage fee.

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