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British Gas may offer free electricity on Saturdays

August 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

If you have ever lived in America, you may have heard of the Free Energy Saturday tariff available to Centrica customers in Texas. The good news is that a similar scheme may be coming to the UK courtesy of British Gas, which is owned by Centrica.

The free electricity will only be available to consumers who have a smart meter (currently only 1 million homes have one), and will not be available until the middle of next year following a trial period that has just started in the UK.

The aim of the scheme is to transfer domestic energy usage to a Saturday when the grid is under less pressure from industry. Why the scheme is not also extended to a Sunday, when presumably commercial energy demands are equally reduced, is not clear, but we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth and a good deal on a Saturday is good news for consumers. Or is it?

Reactions to the news have been mixed, with many consumers on internet forums taking the perhaps cynical view that this is a ploy to get the customer to have a smart meter installed which then makes it more difficult to change energy supplier. Others point out that whilst it may be possible to stockpile our dirty washing and do the laundry on a Saturday, it is less easy to change usage patterns on other appliances.

It seems that where the big energy companies are concerned, most of us feel that there is no such thing as a free lunch and see this move as a gimmick to deflect criticism of the profits made by the industry giants and the ever increasing cost of energy.

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One response to “British Gas may offer free electricity on Saturdays”

  1. Jessica says:

    This definitely seems like one of those offers that’s too good to be true. Like you said, it’s not that easy to just change appliance usage and use more energy on saturdays, this isn’t realistic. To be fair, this is a nice incentive for consumers and already I think smart meters will be beneficial to UK households with both environmental and cost saving advantages.

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