Brits will be offered cash to reduce their energy consumption as part of the first Live Demand Flexibility Service. The National Grid expects "electricity supply margins" to be tighter than usual this evening. Eligible households will be offered cash and other incentives to cut down their usage between 5pm and 6.30pm.
Earn cash by cutting down your energy usage this evening
Households who are eligible will be offered cash and other incentives to reduce their energy. It is unclear how much exactly those taking part will receive. But Money Saving Expert reports National Grid is paying energy suppliers at least £3 per unit (kilowatt hour) of electricity saved. Energy suppliers can choose how much of that payment is passed on to users.
Preventing blackouts during colder weather
The scheme is aimed at preventing total blackouts during the colder weather by reducing pressure on the network. So far 1.4 million businesses and households and 37 energy suppliers have signed up to take part in the scheme. It comes after just under £11 million was paid out last year for those taking part.
Switch off appliances, not lights
Families don't have to switch off lights during a DFS period but are instead urged to switch off appliances such as washing machines.
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