British Gas is offering £50 to anyone who refers vulnerable individuals to British Gas for free loft or cavity wall insulation.

Under the newly-revealed ‘Share the Warmth’ scheme, British Gas will give £50 to every individual who refers a person on qualifying benefits for free insulation. The vulnerable individual who then receives the free insulation will also take home £50 themselves once the installation is complete.   

It is estimated that cavity wall or loft insulation can help save up to £135 and £175 respectively on a property’s annual energy bills.

Jon Kimber, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said: “With household budgets stretched we know that people are looking at ways to save money. £1 in every £4 spent on heating is wasted due to poor insulation so energy efficiency can have a massive impact.”

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, almost half of Britain’s homes do not have adequate basic insulation. Only 57 percent of Britain’s lofts have been properly insulated and only 58 percent of cavity walls have been filled.

The Share the Warmth scheme expands on British Gas’s other insulation offer, were any British Gas customer is eligible for free insulation.

Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of National Energy Action, said: “I applaud this offer from British Gas which aims to deliver energy saving measures to the poorest households and at the same time reward those who are identifying and helping more vulnerable members of our communities.”

Kimber added: “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.”

Full details of the Share the Warmth scheme can be found here.