£400 energy efficient fridge
Just got an email from MSE.
We've blagged 900 super-efficient A++ totally free fridge freezers worth about £400 from nPower for MoneySavers (you needn't be an nPower customer or switch to it though). You can apply until the morning of Mon 21 June, the selection will be random and they are totally free and yours to keep.
You can choose from one of three fridges, though it's not guaranteed you'll get the one you've picked. (All come with a one year manufacturer's guarantee).
Indesit Combi-Static Non Frost Free Fridge-Freezer (model no PBAA27D).
Indesit Upright Freezer (model no RZA61D).
Indesit Under-counter Fridge (model no RLA36D).
These fridges have extra 'smart' technology fitted to them which sends data to the national grid but even without this technology they're the most energy efficient fridges you can get. A++ is the highest rating possible; the ratings are based on the amount of electricity used over time as well as the capacity, style and features of each refrigerator so as well as getting a free fridge you'll be saving on the cost of energy to run it.
Register your interest
Simply go via this specific nPower link to register your details and answer a series of short questions. (Due to the power of the MSE email, the site may go down - if that happens please come back and try again later). Don't worry it's confirmed your data won't be used to sell you things, nor passed on, and you don't have to be an nPower customer.
It'll select 900 people at random
The reason for asking the questions is it wants to ensure a fair demographic balance of incomes and regions, so it can sort people into groups. Once that's done whoever is chosen is done randomly. You'll be informed by the end of July - but probably sooner - if you've got one http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/free-energy-efficient-fridges
Anyone can apply (even non-npower customers), though nPower is looking for a broad spectrum of people to keep the trial fair. It also asks you:
* Commit to using and keeping the trial appliance in you home for the full duration of the trial, until at least December 2012.
* Be able to accommodate your chosen refrigeration appliance and not require any building work by Indesit to fit the appliance in your home.
* Maintain a 24 hour broadband internet connection (which is pretty much all broadband connections) and allow RLtec to collect data regarding the operation of the fridge using this broadband connection.(nPower has said this won't impact your download limit, so if you don't have an unlimited package it won't cost you).
*- Have permission from the owner of your existing fridge or freezer to remove and replace this with the trial appliance
* Have a standard three point plug socket within 1 meter of where you've placed your broadband router.
Sounds too good to be true - what's the catch?
If you get a fridge, you need a broadband internet connection, as this is part of an energy efficiency monitoring test the company is running. The fridges will be connected to your broadband (it shouldn't affect your download limits) for a year and its power usage monitored, after the experiement ends, the fridge is still yours to keep.
If it still seems too good to be true, the likelihood is this is part of nPower's Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) obligations, where by law they must help customers become more energy efficient, via grants and other offers (such as this one).
The reason we managed to blag these exclusively for MoneySavers, is we were given some misinformation about a recent energy monitor deal, and this is to make up for that (to clarify there's no commercial link though).
nPower says: "The smart fridge trial is open for all consumers to apply. We will NOT cross sell any npower products to those who apply to join and or accepted to the trial.