[SSM UK] It’s said that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (TANSTAAFL) – and for a company that made £1.58bn profit in the first six months of this year – having raised prices to customers by 6% last November – the free lunch appears to be on you (thanks!).
Barely a week after we exposed that British Gas’s Smart Metering campaign is built on a lie, customers are again set to be lured into the Smart Meter trap with a promise of ‘free energy’ on a Saturday.
Sounds too good to be true, right? You know what they say about that. Will this scheme save you money? Well consider how BG’s prices were ramped up last year to protect profits, and then think about how much more customers with Smart Meters are likely to end up paying on the other six days of the week to protect BG’s balance sheet and institutional shareholders.
Are you prepared to wait until Saturdays to wash, shower, or cook your breakfasts, lunches and dinners? How about watching TV, using your computer? If so, what price to your health, privacy, safety and security will you be paying by being lumped with an intrusive surveillance device in your property which emits in excess of 43,000 pulses of intense microwave radiation per day?
Don’t forget that deals like this don’t last forever – but once you fall for the Smart Meter shell game, you could be stuck with it for good. Think about it and then exercise your lawful right to refuse one. [/]
British Gas has said it is planning to offer free power on Saturdays to some of its customers.
The idea is to encourage them to use more of their electricity at the weekend when there is less demand from businesses, according to the BBC’s industry correspondent John Moylan .
The scheme would be available to its one million UK customers who have smart meters.
British Gas is understood to have already started piloting the scheme.
The energy firm plans a bigger pilot later in the year and the scheme could be offered to consumers from 2014.
The roll-out of smart meters is at an early stage in the UK, but Centrica claims that it has installed more of them than the rest of the industry put together.
The parent company, Centrica, already offers the scheme – called Free Power Saturday – in its Direct Energy operations in Texas and the north-east of the United States.
Under the scheme, customers get 24 hours of free electricity every Saturday by agreeing to switch more of their usage to the weekend.