£50 insulation incentive from British Gas
The Big 6 energy companies are going on a charm offensive, thanks largely to the fact absolutely everyone hates them for hiking up prices in one of the coldest snaps in recent memory.
And British Gas are the latest to paint a big friendly face on themselves by offering to pay £50 to anyone who refers "vulnerable" family members or friends for free loft and cavity wall insulation from the company.
Referrers will get their bung for every individual on qualifying benefits whose details they pass on... and there's no limit to the number you can refer. To qualify as 'vulnerable', you must ben drawing a pension, getting certain income-related benefits or receiving child tax credit, and have an income of less than £16,190. The referrer nor the beneficiary need to get their energy from British Gas to take part, according to reports.
Jon Kimber, managing director of British Gas New Energy, said: "With household budgets stretched we know that people are looking at ways to save money. £1 in every £4 spent on heating is wasted due to poor insulation, so energy efficiency can have a massive impact."
If you're interested in taking part or exploiting this in some way, then call the British Gas insulation team on 0800 975 1195. A free survey will be arranged and all that jazz.
There's other incentives elsewhere too. E.ON is paying £100 to households that have insulation installed and Southern Electric are giving a £25 high street voucher to anyone – not just customers – who take up their offer of free insulation. We'll let you work out whether there's a way of blagging free stuff out of all of the above.