New Measures From British Gas To Reduce Energy Bills
Published: 17 October 2011 By Peter Thompson Leave a Comment
British Gas has announced a range of measures to help households with their energy bills this winter.
Firstly with its ‘Winter Warmer’ package, British Gas has made a commitment not to raise energy prices this winter for all its variable rate customers. It will also offer a discount for low income customers, a free insulation offer and flexible payment plans. It expects that oer 1.5 million homes will be helped with this package.
A new ‘Tariff Checker’ will also make sure that customers are on the right deal for them, making sure they get the maximum benefits and rewards available.
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) Scheme has been introduced to replace energy suppliers’ existing social tariffs. There are two groups of customers who will qualify for the WHD – a ‘core group’ and a ‘broader group’
British Gas has set the broadest eligibility criteria. British Gas customers may be eligible for the broader group rebate if they are:
- in receipt of Cold Weather payments
- or have a household income below £16,190 and are elderly or in receipt of means tested eligible benefit
- or have a household income below £16,190 and have a disability or long term illness
- or have a household income of below £16,190 and are spending more than 10% on fuel for adequate heating (usually 21 degrees for the main living area)
Qualifying customers who apply for this discount before the end of January 2012 will get a £120 discount off their winter electricity bills.
The free insulation offer is being extended to allow customers until the end of March 2012 to sign up for free loft and wall cavity insulations, worth at least £200 per home. As a result of having this insulation, the average household will save more than £200 on their annual dual fuel bill.
British Gas is contacting its customers helping them get the most from British Gas, including all of the discounts, rewards and benefits to which they are entitled.
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, commented: “British Gas’ winter price freeze will be warming news for customers. Prices have rocketed in the last 12 months and as a result many cash strapped households are dreading their winter fuel bills.
“This move won’t turn the clock back on price rises, but at least it will reassure customers that there won’t be any further increases at least for a short while. nPower has announced a winter price freeze too, but of course credit should go to SSE which has guaranteed its prices until next August, protecting its customers way beyond this winter alone.
MoneyHighStreet comments: “Energy prices are currently a very hot topic and indeed are the subject of a meeting today between the Prime Minister, David Cameron, Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, energy suppliers, consumer groups and Ofcom, the industry regulator, to see what more can be done to help consumers save money on their gas and electricity bills.
“This announcement from British Gas to help their customers save money in this difficult time, as well as ensure they are getting the best energy deal possible to meet their needs, is obviously welcomed. Will the other main energy suppliers respond?”