New figures reveal that energy suppliers in Ireland are disconnecting the electricity of nearly 2,500 households a month.
According to data from the Commission for Energy Regulation, around 80 homes per day have had their electricity cut off after failing to pay their bills.
Furthermore, the proportion of disconnections carried out by energy suppliers Bord Gais, Airtricity and ESB more than doubled in the four months to July.
Altogether, 10,678 customers have so far had their electricity disconnected this year - more than in the whole of 2009.
The number of disconnection visits made by energy suppliers ESB increased to 4,583 in July compared to fewer than 2,000 a month last year - although around half of these visits did not result in disconnections because they settled their bills.
ESB recently announced that from October 1st, it will increase its electricity prices, resulting in a five per cent increase in costs for households.
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