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Video: Households paid to cut energy use from today - check to see if you are eligible

In an effort to lower energy usage during peak times and prevent potential blackouts this winter, the National Grid will be running its "demand flexibility service" between 5pm and 6pm starting on Monday January, 23. The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced that electricity supply margins are expected to be tighter than normal. Participating households, who must have a smart meter and have signed up through their energy supplier, may be paid to turn off certain appliances during these off-peak hours. This may include turning off dishwashers or charging electric cars.

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