Britain’s largest energy firm is refusing to offer its cheapest deal to customers unless they agree to have a smart meter installed. Any British Gas customer who sticks with a traditional meter will have to pay almost £300 a year more on average for a dual-fuel tariff. British Gas’s lowest-cost tariff, Energy Plus Protection Green, fixes rates until May 2020 and costs £938 a year for average consumption. A customer who takes the deal but declines to have a smart meter installed within three months of signing up will be switched to a deal costing £1,228 a year on average. Energy suppliers are obliged to replace Britain’s 50m analogue meters by the end of 2020 or face huge fines. Only about 15m have been replaced so far, and households can refuse to have one installed.
Times 26th May 2019 read more »