Gas and electricity Updated:
Under the plans announced today, people will be given £50 for every individual on qualifying benefits they refer to British Gas for free insulation.
Referred customers will also be given £50 once the work is carried out.
Neither the referrer or the person receiving the insulation need to be a customer of British Gas to take advantage of the deal.
British Gas said loft insulation can save households up to £175 from their heating bills and cavity wall insulation can save up to £135. It is estimated that almost half of British households do not have adequate basic insulation.
All British Gas customers are eligible for free insulation, with £70 million spent on helping vulnerable people last year.
"With household budgets stretched we know that people are looking at ways to save money," commented Jenny Saunders, chief executive of National Energy Action.
"£1 in every £4 spent on heating is wasted due to poor insulation so energy efficiency can have a massive impact.
"We want to get people looking out for others who need help. That's why we're offering £50 to anyone who refers vulnerable family, friends or neighbours to us for free insulation.
"We'll also pay the vulnerable customer £50 for having the free insulation installed."
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