People who live in the Belfast area and are supplied by Phoenix Gas could see their fuel bills skyrocket.
The utility company is expected to announce tomorrow that it is increasing its prices in response to rising wholesale energy costs. As a result, some customers could find themselves facing a price increase of up to 40 per cent.
A report by the BBC said Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator is due to make an announcement tomorrow. It also said users in 10 rural towns across Northern Ireland would not be affected by the changes.
The news is sure to prompt local consumers to ensure their white goods are working correctly, in order to maximise energy efficiency.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper, Goretti Horgan, from the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network, said people are frightened by the prospect of high bills for heating their properties this coming winter.
She said: "The new Assembly will have to look at introducing social tariffs. The energy companies all make a lot of money in Northern Ireland every year.
"The Assembly will have to consider introducing lower fuel prices for people below a certain income. This is all the worse given that oil prices also keep going up."