Households will be paid to reduce energy use tonight under a new scheme launched by the government State Grid.
Tonight will be the first time ever demand elastic service (DFS) has been activated outside of the trial.
To participate, you’ll need to have a smart meter that sends readings every 30 minutes, as this is used to verify the amount you’ve saved during the program.
In the future, State Grid hopes to further expand eligibility for the program so that more customers can join.
But for now, participation in the service is “entirely optional” and you don’t have to if you don’t want to, even if you’ve signed up to participate.
Mirror Money has put together the exact details of the Demand Flexibility Services program tonight – from when it will start to which providers will be involved.
When does it happen and how long does it last?
National Grid said the scheme will run from 4.30pm to 6pm tonight.
Running from 5pm until 6pm yesterday, this will be the second night in a row that the scheme will run.
Future events may last three or four hours.
These are most likely to take place in the late afternoon or early evening on weekdays when electricity demand is highest.
During the window, participating households will need to significantly reduce energy consumption by not using “power-hungry” appliances.
These may include washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, electric showers and immersion heaters.
State Grid said on its website that small appliances such as modern televisions consume so little power that it was “not worthwhile” adjusting the use of these devices during the event.
National Grid reiterated that the plan was aimed at reducing energy use as much as possible and they were not asking people to “cut off power”.
Complete list of suppliers who have signed up to the Demand Flexibility Service (DFS)
Most of the UK’s major suppliers have confirmed that they will participate in National Grid’s demand flexibility services, however, some companies have also launched their own energy saving schemes.
You can check directly with your provider whether it is running the program and how you can participate.
Not all energy providers are involved, including:
- British Gas
- carbon fiber laces
- Conrad Energy
- CUB (UK) Ltd.
- electricity company
- Yingji Power Co., Ltd.
- E.ON next step
- Waiting for tiles
- beyond the grid
- Hugo Energy App
- Labrador (from Perse Technology Ltd)
- Cycle home
- myenergyi (from Orange Power)
- Oak Power
- Octopus Energy
- Allow Energy
- Pearl Stone Energy
- Power Rewaeds App (from Orange Power)
- Shell Energy Retail
- Short message
- Vaillant U
- Zeno Energy Co., Ltd.