It has emerged that British Gas could offer free power to their customers from early next year, since parent company Centrica released it’s half year financial results yesterday.
The tariff is intended to cut peak demand during the week, by encouraging customers to use high electricity using appliances, such as washing machines and tumble dryers, at the weekend instead.
The concept of free-Saturdays has already been introduced in the US through retail arm Direct Energy.
A smart meter is required for customers to take up the offer, and British Gas has installed over a million smart meters for UK homes and businesses.
Sam Laidlaw, chief executive of Centrica, told the Financial Times: “We need to get more smart meters in the UK, and if it [free power days] does come to the UK it will be at least six months.”