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An energy-conscious pensioner claims she is being "fined" by British Gas for using too little electricity.
Margaret Pracy, from Brighton, who has a pre-payment meter, made her home as energy efficient as possible and uses only about £5 of power a week.
Now British Gas is to charge her 54p extra a week, because her consumption has fallen below the minimum threshold.
"It's complete madness and makes a mockery of insulation programmes," said Councillor Bill Randall.
Mrs Pracy said British Gas was undermining the government's attempts to save the planet.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
reply to post by Extralien
Forgive my lack of knowledge in the UK's monetary system, but is 54p equivalent to 54 pounds? In other words, are they charging her 11 times her bill per week in fees?
"We will speak to Mrs Pracy to explain these charges and discuss any other energy efficiency measures for which she may be eligible."