British Gas In The News

By Energy Company Numbers on August 19, 2016 in Help and advice

As a British Gas customer, you want to keep up to date with all the British Gas news that’s fit to print. However, trawling through the internet in search of that news is never fun.

That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled this run down of all the biggest and best British Gas news from across the country. Let’s dig in.

British Gas Lose 400,000 Customers in 6 Months

In what the company are calling a “demanding” period for the business, it has been revealed that British Gas lost almost 400,000 customers in the first six months of 2016.

That accounts for around a 3% fall in the total number of British Gas customers and is the result of falling gas and power prices, which has brought new suppliers into the market and intensified competition. The fall was also the result of a large number of long term contracts ending at the same time, leaving British Gas with a total of 14.26 accounts in the UK.

Accordingly, Centrica (who own British Gas) said that operating profits in the UK home business fell 6% to £635m for the first 6 month period. However, it’s not all bad news, because June saw a return to positive customer growth numbers, encouraging hope for a stronger Q3 and Q4 of 2016.

1 in 10 get Naked to Cool Down, Say British Gas

According to a new survey from British Gas, one in 10 of us strip naked when the weather turns hot.

Stripping down to our birthday suit is a surprisingly popular way to survive the heat, as was taking a cold shower, which 16% of us said we do when the temperature gets too high. Both suggestions appear in a power saving leaflet distributed by British Gas, outlining ways we can save energy in the summer months.

Thanks to the rollout of smart meters, British Gas now have better data than ever about our energy usage habits. Indeed, they’re now able to reveal that energy usage in July is usually around 60% less than in the coldest months of the year.

Widnes Care Home Gets Help from British Gas Workers

British Gas employees might spend most of their time helping to fix our boilers or managing the contact British Gas line, but when they get some time off, they like to help local organisations in need.

As part of their company’s Giving Day policy, British Gas employees get to donate some of their time to help good causes. This time, they went to a Gardens in Widnes, a care home which supports people with complex learning difficulties.

They helped transform the outside space by planting new plants, cutting back overgrown areas, building new furniture and more. British Gas service manager Gareth Hennon said: “It’s been a pleasure to have my team come down to Glenwood to help spruce up their garden. We hope the staff and people supported at Glenwood enjoy their new-look garden.”

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