We all dream of hearing the word ‘free electricity’ when it comes to powering our homes but it isn’t something that we expect to hear for real. The good news is that British Gas have announced a scheme that can see their customers receive free electricity at weekends and all they need to do is contact British Gas to arrange it.
When electricity is free
When bringing the British Gas electricity phone number, customers are offered a choice – they can have their free power between 9am and 5pm on either Saturday or Sunday. Once they make the selection there’s no need to contact British Gas any further as the free tariff will be automatically applied. According to the energy supplier, this could save customers around £60 a year. The only stipulation to receiving this bargain electricity is that you have a smart meter installed. This is because it allows the company to monitor and adjust the electricity usage correctly for the period of time dedicated as free. Currently, over 2 million homes have this system in place and can make one phone call to start making the savings.
Smart meters are a central part of the government’s scheme to reduce energy consumption and make homes more energy efficient. Many homes can have them fitted free of charge and allow homes to get more detailed information about their power consumption. It also removes the need to manually contact British Gas with meter readings or submit them through the internet, an awkward task for many people as meters are often in terrible places in a home. The smart meter shows in pounds and pence how much power is being used so you can spot if an appliance uses a lot more power than others or if a particular activity uses lots of electricity. It is also ideal for Pay As You Go customers who can top up anywhere using an App that works alongside the smart meter.
While getting free electricity sounds great, there is a word of caution from independent energy experts, who warn that customers should still shop around and also make sure they are on the best tariff with the company. Even if you don’t want to switch supplied, you can get in touch with the company through the British Gas electricity phone number and ask about the latest tariffs. They can take the information about your current electricity usage and see if there are any cheaper tariffs that can save you money. It might also be beneficial to look at combining gas and electricity together to see if you can get a dual fuel discount. British Gas say that the measure is aimed to help customers and also to retain them, as they saw a dramatic drop in the early part of the year before the measure was announced. They urged customers to get their laundry done, cook the Sunday roast or any other electricity using tasks done during the free period, as there is no limit on the amount of power used.