MSE News: British Gas offers free weekend electricity tariff – but will it save you m

British Gas has launched a tariff offering eight hours of free electricity over weekends if you have its smart meter...
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  • Cardew
    Cardew Posts: 29,036 Forumite
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    Anything 'free' or offering Nectar points will be a huge attraction for some people - regardless of cost!!
  • KDH_2
    KDH_2 Posts: 130 Forumite
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    I believe your story is inaccurate.

    The main features of the HomeEnergy FreeTime March 2018 tariff include:
    • Free electricity every Saturday OR Sunday (you decide which) from 9am to 5pm until March 2018
    • A British Gas smart meter installed (if required) at no extra charge
    • Fixed until 31 March 2018
    • £20 exit fees per fuel
    • Available for electric-only as well as dual fuel
    • £15 dual fuel discount

    A family member on electricity only with Britsh Gas (with a smart meter already fitted) has been told thay cannot move to this tariff as it is dual fuel only.
  • System
    System Posts: 178,093 Community Admin
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    edited 5 July 2016 at 10:53AM
    Correct. From the ts and cs:

    If you don’t stay a Dual Fuel customer (with both fuels on this tariff), you won’t be able to stay on this tariff. Your rates will change and your prices may be higher.
    More worryingly:

    If you are a new customer and a period of 150 days has passed since you purchased the tariff, smart meters have not been successfully installed for any reason and you have not already moved to another tariff, we will switch your tariff to British Gas’s cheapest variable price tariff (no end date) at the time.

    So, a new customer could find themselves paying the full standard variable whack for 150 days - and the contract is subject to an undefined reasonable use policy.
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