British Gas customers who have smart meters are being offered free electricity during weekends.

This is a new electricity plan called "FreeTime" and the free time is between 9am and 5pm on a Saturday or Sunday, which British Gas claim will save consumers £60 a year on their bills.

You'll still be paying the standing charge however, at 26.01p per day.

British Gas have confirmed that whilst the rate charged at other times of the week won't be more expensive, it will be variable and there will be a £20 exit free should you wish you change supplier.

Customers will have to smart meters to qualify for this tariff and have their energy managed on the online portal.

Sarwjit Sambhi, Managing Director of UK Home at British Gas said: “FreeTime is an industry first and will give our customers greater control of their energy use. British Gas is leading the nationwide roll-out of smart meters and now we’re the first to launch a smart plan that offers free electricity at weekends.

“This will be the first of many smart meter innovations from British Gas which will also contribute to managing the country’s demand for power from the national grid.”