British Gas and Thames Water to work on resource shortages together
Tackling droughts and energy inefficient homes are at the centre of new partnership between two of the UK's biggest utility firms.
Thames water and British Gas have signed a five year agreement to work together to promote energy-saving and water-saving products.
According to the industry giants this will see them work together to promote technology such as solar panels, heat pumps, energy-efficient boilers, shower savers and dual-flush toilets.
As a first move for the partnership, which is claiming to be a first of its kind in the UK, Thames Water's customers will be offered free loft and cavity wall insulation.
Also while British Gas installers are in Thames Water customers' homes fitting insulation, they will also offer to fit water-saving devices to help people save even more money and use less water.
Consumer Council for Water spokesman, David Bland, said: "It is refreshing to see two big utilities working together to benefit their customers and the environment.
"The link between energy and water is one that we all need to be mindful of, particularly with water in short supply in the Southeast this year and with energy prices not set to go downwards over the long term.
"For instance, often water in homes is heated up only to cool down then be re-heated again - a problem that can be addressed simply enough with a combination boiler."