Windsor, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — June 24, 2008 – U.K. utility British Gas has introduced an online tariff for customers with pay-as-you-go (prepayment) meters, which it says will reduce their energy bills. The new tariff will be called Click Pay As You Go Energy, and can be accessed on the British Gas web site.
The move comes as one response to the increasing criticism regarding tariffs for those using pay-as-you-go meters – the most expensive method of paying for power. Consumer watchdog bodies such as energywatch have for some time pointed out the inequity of forcing lower income households and students to use prepayment meters, and thus to pay more for their electricity and gas. These same watchdog bodies now point out that those with lower incomes are less likely to have access to the Internet, in order to be able to enjoy the reduced tariffs introduced by British Gas.
The reduction in energy bills that comes from using the new system will be of benefit to some households, however, at a time when rising oil prices are expected to push energy prices even higher for the foreseeable future.