Latest €71 rise means annual energy prices were over €200 lower in 2011
DOMESTIC gas prices have risen steeply in the past few years, putting additional heat on household budgets.
Last summer the average household was paying €727 a year for gas to heat and cook in the home.
Then this time last year Bord Gais was granted a 22pc price rise.
Combined with a small rise in the carbon tax on gas bills earlier this year, this sent the annual cost of a year's gas supply up to €890.
And the latest price rise for residential customers of Bord Gais will add €71 to the annual cost of using gas.
Households get six bills a year. This means that each bill will go up by €12 on average.
After gas prices go up again from October 1, the average house will be facing an annual bill of €960 for gas.
Other providers are expected to face pressure to raise prices. Higher wholesale gas prices and the weakness of the euro against sterling have been blamed.