Device you need in your home to get paid in National Grid scheme tonight – seven ways to cut down your electricity | The Sun

YOU need a specific device in your home in order to get paid for cutting your energy usage by the National Grid tonight.

The utility company has revealed how to sign up for the Demand Flexibility Service (DFS), which is set to become active this evening.

The project will see customers paid for cutting down their electricity usage at peak hours to help avoid blackouts.

However, only those with a smart meter will be eligible.

Smart meters allow suppliers to access regular and up-to-date meter readings without customers having to provide them over the phone or online.

Free smart meters are often provided by energy firms, but waiting lists can be long.


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Those fortunate enough to have them, though, will be best placed to take advantage of the scheme.

Customers will also need to get their energy from a supplier participating in the DFS to benefit.

There are 26 UK suppliers registered to take part, including British Gas, EON and EDF.

Anyone in England, Scotland or Wales with a smart meter supplied by a participating company is eligible to receive up to £20 per day in credit by reducing their usage for a set time.

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The National Grid also shared their top tips for reducing consumption to help you get the maximum rewards.

The recommend using "power-hungry appliances", like clothes dryers, washing machines, dishwashers, electric showers and immersion heaters, outside of the set time period, which they call an "event".

Other ways to reduce electricity usage include using more efficient alternatives to every day appliances.

For example, using a microwave rather than an oven during an event can help cut down.

However, they added that efficient lightbulbs and small appliances, such as modern TVs, often use very small amounts of electricity, meaning there is not much benefit in switching them off during events.

Earlier today, the company revealed the exact time customers should cut their consumption once signed up to the scheme.

It comes after they placed coal-fired power stations on alert in case they were needed to step in and make up any shortfall in energy supply.

Gas, which is the largest source of British energy, has been in short supply since Russia reduced its supply to Europe as the Ukraine war saw relations between the Kremlin and the West deteriorate.

The squeeze on supply has not been helped by the recent cold snap, as temperatures plunged to -8C overnight amid a freezing fog which saw flights cancelled at Heathrow Airport.

A spokesperson for the Electricity System Operator said: "Our forecasts show electricity supply margins are expected to be tighter than normal on Monday evening. 

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"We have instructed coal-fired power units to be available to increase electricity supplies should it be needed.

"This does not mean electricity supplies are at risk and people should not be worried. These are precautionary measures to maintain the buffer of spare capacity we need."

How to sign up for the DFS

Customers can sign up to the DFS by contacting their energy supplier.

You need to have a smart meter and to be supplied by a participating company.

You can sign up online on your energy company's website or by calling them directly.

Once you are signed up, you will receive an alert the day before the scheme is activated.

You have to opt in via text or email each time you receive the alert.

The alert will tell you when you need to cut your energy usage to earn up to £20 per day in credit.

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