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Half price electricity on a Sunday for British Gas customers this summer

Nick Cheek
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Customers can expect to save up to £5m by the end of September through being offered half-price electricity on Sundays.

British Gas has launched its “Summer Sunday” promotion where the savings on electricity will be made through its PeakSave scheme.

The 50% reduction reward for British Gas customers will be between 11am and 4pm every Sunday from 25 June to 24 September.

New and existing customers will be eligible for the discount, where the savings will appear as a credit on energy bills.

Sunday are a big energy day

Research has revealed that Sunday is a big day for energy household use, with two fifths of consumers saying that they use more electricity on a Sunday compared to any other day of the week.

This is due to people drinking far more cups of tea and coffee, getting household chores done, catching up on television programmes or cooking a traditional Sunday roast.

British Gas found  that savings on using an oven for two hours would reach £8.90 over the 14 Sundays where electricity prices are halved.

Other significant savings include £5.37 when using a tumble dryer for one hour, and £4.24 will be saved on using an electric hob also for one hour.

There will also be 99p saved on drinking all those cups of tea and coffee.

PeakSave originally began as part of the National Grid’s Demand Flexibility Service.

The service tests how to manage consumption to support a greener energy supply.

Usually, there is a greater amount of renewable energy sources that are available on a Sunday, as there is lower demand from business and industry. This reduces the need to produce energy through fossil fuels.

Energy provider encourages savings and a greener grid

Catherine O’Kelly, managing director of British Gas Energy at British Gas, said: “We look forward to welcoming even more customers to the PeakSave scheme and helping them make savings on their bills this summer. The electricity grid continues to face enormous pressures and we recognise the need to better manage periods of peak demand to ensure a safe, constant and more sustainable supply across the UK.

“Since launching PeakSave last year, we have gained valuable insight on how we can control periods of high demand on the grid, while helping our customers to make significant savings. We want to increase the number of customers who have signed up to the scheme so we can understand its true potential and achieve a greener and more controlled grid.”