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Free electricity for Smart Meter Users Every Saturday or Sunday from 9am–5pm British Gas
Free electricity for Smart Meter Users Every Saturday or Sunday from 9am–5pm British Gas

Free electricity for Smart Meter Users Every Saturday or Sunday from 9am–5pm British Gas

I had my meters changed over to smart meters recently and the British Gas engineer mentioned something about calling BG to get a free day of electricity. I thought he meant it was a one off so I left it for a while. This afternoon however, I received an email informing me that I could get free electricity all day Sunday. Within two clickity clicks and a copy and paste of a reference number I had applied and will wait until Sunday before switching the mains supply back on!

Get free electricity with our new British Gas smart meters FreeTime tariffs.

With one of our new Dual Fuel FreeTime tariffs you’ll get free electricity every Saturday or Sunday from 9am-5pm, depending on the tariff you choose. You could do the washing, catch up on box sets, or mow the lawn - all for FREE.

To get this tariff you'll need to agree to manage your account online and you’ll need British Gas smart meters. We can install these for you free of charge. Unfortunately not all homes are currently eligible for smart meters. We'll complete some checks for smart meter eligibility when you sign-up but in some cases we may not be able to tell you this until our engineer has been to your home.

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No offence, but you'd be far better off spending 10-20 minutes switching over to a better deal than taking extra effort every week to make more use of electricity on the 'free day'.

We can install these for you free of charge what bull there not free at all you are msleading people

They are technically "free' but the energy consumer is footing the bill for this £15 billion project.

The energy companies stand to save in excess of £6 billion without actually spending a dime on the project.

I'll hang fire until I'm forced to have one installed

I think you guys are missing what the OP is saying.

although I agree that the smart meters aren't really free as the suppliers are just adding the cost to the consumer bill, what the OP is actually telling us is about an promotion that British gas are doing where you can select either a Saturday or Sunday and have free electricity for that day.

but really like another poster has said, British gas are not the cheapest supplier in the world and so you would probably be better off going on a comparison site and switching supplier as you would save more money than a free days electricity overall.

Resist these for as long as possible. You will be shackled to the man even tighter.

tfish

Resist these for as long as possible. You will be shackled to the man … Resist these for as long as possible. You will be shackled to the man even tighter.


My girlfriend just got one and was moaning about leaving the gas on and it costing her 70p. I mean, if she didn't have one of these you'd never know, or care. My response was to be thankful we hadn't blown up haha.

I've been on this deal for a couple of months. I do all my washing and tumble drying on the free electric day and switch the gas heating off and use electric heating on day too. smart meter doesn't work as it should so I don't have it plugged in.
The fact that consumers is no reason to avoid getting smart meters. you are paying whether you get one or not and you aren't tied to the supplier in any way. I will shop around as normal when my current deal comes to an end. I think it's a great deal and it works for me because I make it pay and therefore it's the best deal I can get.

The smart meters issue is a different one (just like solar power and wind farms - they make not much sense but we are all paying for them anyway).
Regarding this deal it does make sense to encourage people to use their energy at weekends when there is a surplus, but saying that I doubt this is a good deal for most people as there are almost certainly better tarrifs for most out there (unless the user runs a bauxite smelting business on Saturdays only).
I don't think this is a particularly good deal, but I agree with BG's sentiment about encouraging domestic users to take their energy at weekends, so I'm just persuaded to vote hot.

Gollywood

They are technically "free' but the energy consumer is footing the bill … They are technically "free' but the energy consumer is footing the bill for this £15 billion project.The energy companies stand to save in excess of £6 billion without actually spending a dime on the project.I'll hang fire until I'm forced to have one installed



You are wrong. The amount of government regulation around the smart metering project means that energy companies are spending huge sums of money on equipment, staff, processes etc. to become compliant and ready to operate with smart meters. How do I know? I work in the industry...

You realise that you are paying more during the week to cover the free day

ahenners

You are wrong. The amount of government regulation around the smart … You are wrong. The amount of government regulation around the smart metering project means that energy companies are spending huge sums of money on equipment, staff, processes etc. to become compliant and ready to operate with smart meters. How do I know? I work in the industry...



They've brainwashed you. That money being spent comes from where? That's right, us, the consumers.

Bowler_man

Its all a con to charge you more later;http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/


I can imagine that the smart meter tariffs will become fiendishly complicated, so that it is even more difficult to compare one supplier with another. I certainly don't want one.

nbgrobbo

They've brainwashed you. That money being spent comes from where? … They've brainwashed you. That money being spent comes from where? That's right, us, the consumers.



I never said it didn't? Of course it does... Where else do energy companies get their money from? Not sure how that constitutes being "brainwashed" either, was simply pointing out that the energy companies aren't getting a free ride and spending nothing as suggested by a previous poster.

steve123uk

You realise that you are paying more during the week to cover the free day



So perfect for people that are away from home in the week and commonly only home one day per weekend then...

You are aware that this is to allow them to use variable charging and have rolling cut offs if they are unable to meet with the supply demand.

Only a mug would install one.

ahenners

I never said it didn't? Of course it does... Where else do energy … I never said it didn't? Of course it does... Where else do energy companies get their money from? Not sure how that constitutes being "brainwashed" either, was simply pointing out that the energy companies aren't getting a free ride and spending nothing as suggested by a previous poster.



Of course they are getting a free ride, the companies are not paying to resource this, we are, through our tariffs. Your employer may have suckered its employees, it's not working on the public!

Plebs will pay for everything big.... and they will continue to do so...no matter what little victory crumbs they're given

i think the only way to solve this is to post the unit prices of british gas and the best deals. it will depend on usage. how many units are save on sunday, 5? 10? at 19p per unit £1 to£2.

saved! where is my proof reader? reading the meter!

The idiotic thing is smart meters aren't standardised. Like Eon installed my smart meter, I'm in the process of switching to Sainsbury's (British gas) - but the smart meter isn't compatible? Why doesn't the industry regulators enforce standardisation?

Ashe

No offence, but you'd be far better off spending 10-20 minutes switching … No offence, but you'd be far better off spending 10-20 minutes switching over to a better deal than taking extra effort every week to make more use of electricity on the 'free day'.



ah come on we have just had the CEO of BG parent company on the TV telling us they are right slap bang in the middle of all suppliers. Funny that they are more than 50% more expensive for us!

118luke

The idiotic thing is smart meters aren't standardised. Like Eon installed … The idiotic thing is smart meters aren't standardised. Like Eon installed my smart meter, I'm in the process of switching to Sainsbury's (British gas) - but the smart meter isn't compatible? Why doesn't the industry regulators enforce standardisation?



was reading up about it this week as think our old meter is faulty, they say that they are "hoping" that a software update will be all that's needed, it then goes on to say that new meters may be needed. Amazing that such a big change to nearly every house was never thought out better than they hope something will happen, but then again nothing should really surprise us.

What are you going to do with an energy guzzling device say like a kettle or something? Stop using it when you see how much it costs? Don't think so. And we all are paying for these in some way shape or form.

Nothing is free unless it's at zero cost. BG is not cheapest provider. need to factor in annual cost and how much cost energy you'd save over weekend to get true cost. suspect that you'd still be paying less wirh another provider.

this perk is only for existing smart meter customers only and no good switching given unlikely that you'll get a smart meter fitted straight away . we moved to sainsbury's Energy(administered by BG) as recommended Martin lewis not fitting smart meters in our area for at least 18mths

If you have solar then as I understand it - forget smart meters. The imo generous 50% assumed export (of kWh) would be replaced with what you actually export, which if you plan your leccy usage wisely will be a lot lower than 50%

Also, anything 'smart' such as this is just another chip away at personal privacy, of which governments would like reduced to zero

Edited by: "BritishDragon" 23rd Feb

A bit like Economy 7 - you pay more during the day for a few hours cheaper during the night - I moved off E7 as it was from about 2330 until 0630 and I never used it.

Joemobro

A bit like Economy 7 - you pay more during the day for a few hours … A bit like Economy 7 - you pay more during the day for a few hours cheaper during the night - I moved off E7 as it was from about 2330 until 0630 and I never used it.



To be fair though, E7 was meant for people with storage heaters wasn't it, so you would 'charge' them overnight when the electric was cheap and have heat during the day.

The roll out of Smart Meters was a European Directive forced upon us by the non-elected shadows. The fact that Germany has chosen to pull out of this madness should tell you everything.

HARD BREXIT!

craigdm

The roll out of Smart Meters was a European Directive forced upon us by … The roll out of Smart Meters was a European Directive forced upon us by the non-elected shadows. The fact that Germany has chosen to pull out of this madness should tell you everything.HARD BREXIT!



Not forced. You can reject a smart meter. I have done so.

m5rcc

Not forced. You can reject a smart meter. I have done so.


What do you do when they are unable to supply you with a standard meter? Your meter has a shelf life, suppliers would leave it in for up to 15 years but the average one will change the meter every 7-10 years. The meters they will install will be smart as they wont have a stock of the old led display meters.
Edited by: "hopper_papa_roac" 23rd Feb

It's all a big scam, these fat cats want hanging. In a time where electronic devices, gas boilers, cookers etc.. are created to consume less power and be more efficient I would like to ask why our bills are going up?

golfer2007

It's all a big scam, these fat cats want hanging. In a time where … It's all a big scam, these fat cats want hanging. In a time where electronic devices, gas boilers, cookers etc.. are created to consume less power and be more efficient I would like to ask why our bills are going up?


You are paying for a few things not just the cost of your usage its also about the huge investment into EDF Energy and there push for Nuclear power stations the cost will actually increase even though Nuclear is cheaper to produce from an energy standpoint as energy is actually sold to France (even though its made in this country)

Just had man from Brit Gas arrive to fit the smart metres, I asked him if they are the universal ones. No he said they are not fitting them until the summer. I cancelled the smart meters, people need to know what British Gas are up to.
If you are planning on changing providers there is no guarantee the new company will accept the ones that British Gas are currently fitting.

so ended up reading around this subject quite a bit.
the first gen SMETS1 currently make it difficult to to switch to another incompatible provider and still retain smart features. You can, however, still switch and use it as an old dumb meter by providing the readings yourself. Eventually, when the Data Communications Company is fully running (a Capita business set up on behalf of Gov), the SMETS1 and other legacy meters should be compatible.

There's some concerns around radio frequency and health but this seems to be mostly in teh U.S (might explain the way they voted!). Given that they have had smart meters for a number of years there may be some truth in it but I would also imagine they are old equipment and tech has moved on since then.

Finally, the obvious concern is where the savings are to be made. The whole infrastucture project is costing tax payers £11bn. The benefit to consumers is diddly squat. It's working on the premise that you are more likely to monitor your usage and a) reduce it and b)shop around by being more aware of how much you use. If, like many you already do some of that then savings are even more negligible

The major beneficiary are the energy companies as a) they no longer need to pay for the manual labour to knock on doors to get readings b) reduces complaints/call handling to do with incorrect billing c) can potentially come up with innovative tarriffs that vary the charge depending on the time you use i.e pay more at peak demand.

I've had an invitation to get mine chnaged recently from First Utility. I've not called Siemens (installer) yet and I think I'll wait. Primarily because I'm going to have an extension to external side of my house and will want the meter moved. I know it costs a lot just to move it so I'm hoping to negotiate by accepting a Smart Meter (building contractors will arrange for utility supply pipes to be set up, Siemens Engineer just has to disconnect and decommission old meter from location and install smart meter in new location... shouldn't require any more work.)

I was told by B.G. that this "free" energy only applies to people on their standard tariff "most expensive" & can only be used on the weekend which is the time of their lowest demand.

hopper_papa_roac

]What do you do when they are unable to supply you with a standard meter? … ]What do you do when they are unable to supply you with a standard meter? Your meter has a shelf life, suppliers would leave it in for up to 15 years but the average one will change the meter every 7-10 years. The meters they will install will be smart as they wont have a stock of the old led display meters.



My meter has not been changed since 1993.

When it breaks down, then I will change it, not when they say so.

m5rcc

My meter has not been changed since 1993.When it breaks down, then I will … My meter has not been changed since 1993.When it breaks down, then I will change it, not when they say so.



Never had a recertification letter from networks in your area? They normally would send one each quarter. Its the ombudsmen who enforce the rulling. It can also be changed under Warrant (crazy I know)

Edited by: "hopper_papa_roac" 24th Feb
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