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Full list of energy suppliers that will pay up to £100 with new National Grid scheme – but there’s a major catch

HOUSEHOLDS will be offered up to 100 by their energy supplier if they cut their use at peak times.

Those taking part will be able to earn money for switching off their appliances during the night amid blackout warnings.

Full list of energy suppliers offering money off bills to prevent blackouts

The National Grid, which is responsible for the supply of gas and electricity in the UK, has warned there might not be enough power for winter.

The electricity network operator said the service has now been approved by the UKs energy regulator Ofgem.

It is hoped that by paying people to charge their electric cars at off-peak times and firing up backup coal plants it can offset the risk of outages.

Only customers withsmartmeterswill be able to take part.

Households participating through the programme will be sent a message from the network if there is increased pressure on the system.

It comes as the nation is battling a crippling energy crisis, partly due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The National Grid has therefore launched a new scheme, called the Demand Flexibility Scheme, which will start this month and end in March 2023.

The National Grid ESO previously told The Sun the 100 saving is based on households receiving 3 for every kilowatt-hour during the 12 test demonstrations.

The figure represents the electricity reductions the network thinks a typical household might be able to save.

But the exact saving, and how it is distributed to households, will depend on the individual energy suppliers.



Households can sign up but only if they have a working smart meter, which means the millions that dont have one, or have issues with theirs, wont be able to apply.

People are being encouraged to sign up with theirelectricity supplierso they can get money back on their bills.

To qualify, energy usage would need to be reduced in peak times such as 9am to 11am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Customers will typically be notified via text message which days and exact times they can earn cash by reducing their usage.

Suppliers dont have to take part in the scheme, but so far, four have confirmed they are running the offer.

Exactly how much you can earn will vary from supplier to supplier.

Heres the full list:

British Gas

British Gas has confirmed it will be signing up to the Demand Flexibility Scheme.

A spokesperson confirmed to The Sun that it is working with the National Grid on what the offer to customers will look like.

As details are being thrashed out, there are no details on how much customers could earn by taking part.

Weve asked for more information and will update this story when we know more.

British Gas said it is in a position to launch the scheme later this year.

Customers would need to reduce their energy by 30% in order to qualify for a bill discount.

EDF

EDF has now said itll offer SOME customers the 100 grant but only those it invites personally.

It said you cannot apply for the Demand Flexibility Scheme over the phone or email only those asked will get something in their inbox.

The supplier said its selected a small group of customers, based on customer data and advice from National Grid.

Those selected will receive invites over email in late November which will tell you everything you need to know on applying.

It added that if the trial is successful then it may offer the scheme to more customers in the future.

EON

EON said it would be taking part in the Demand Flexibility Scheme.

It said it would be outlining details of the offer to customers soon.

The Sun asked for details on how much customers could earn, and we will update this story when we know more.

Octopus

Octopus Energy, the UKs fourth largest supplier, says its 1.4million customers on smart meters and 5,000 of its business customers can save 100 by signing up to the scheme.

The supplier says more than than 350,000 customers have signed up to its flexibility service called Saving Sessions.

Customers will be paid an average of 4 per kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy they save compared to their normal usage during a certain timeframe.

Those interested in the scheme can register their interesthere.

Customers who sign up will get a text telling them if they use less electricity between certain hours, and theyll be paid later that day.

The exact amount you get paid will depend on how much you reduce your consumption in the specified hours.

Customers also have the option of donating their earnings through the scheme to the suppliers financial hardship fund Octo Assist.

Ovo

OVO Energyhas announced a trial where customers can save up to 100 on theirbillsby switching their usage to less busy times of the day.

Theyre asking those who take part to cut their average consumption between the peak hours of 4pm-7pm to less than 12.5%.

Thats the equivalent of moving three loads of washing each week from on-peak to off-peak hours.

It is in the process of contacting customers about the offer.

Households will be given 20 a month that they reduce their usage by 12.5% or more this adds up to 100 if they achieve this every month from November through to March.

Who is not taking part?

A number of suppliers have still not confirmed whether they will sign up to the Demand Flexibility Scheme.

Shell Energy said it was unlikely it would take part in the trial.

Bulb confirmed that it wouldnt be taking part.

We will update this article when we know more.

Is it safe to run appliances at night?

The charity Electrical Safety First has said that its essential householdsmitigate the risk of fire if they choose to leave their appliances on at night.

This is because if you do run your appliances at night, you are less likely to notice if something goes wrong particularly if they catch fire.

Martyn Allen, technical director of Electrical Safety First, said: Ensure your appliances are not subject to a recall, that cables are not damaged and that filters are regularly emptied to reduce a build up of lint.

Finally, ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every floor in your house, it could save your life.

What appliances could I switch off to reduce energy?

Oven

According to uSwitch, anelectric ovenpowered at 0.97 kilowatts and used for 30 minutes costs roughly 18p.

If you used it for 30 minutes every day for a year, that would cost you roughly 66.

Washing machine

A household of two adults and two children does an average 468 loads ofwashinga year equivalent to 1.3 loads a day.

For these households, the cost of running a washing machine costs an annual price of 159.12.

Slow cooker

Uswitch told The Sun that using aslow cookerfor eight hours costs 92p.

If you ate aslow-cooked mealevery day for a month, youd fork out roughly 13.80.

Dishwasher

It costs roughly27p to run a singledishwashercycle.

So if you used it every day for a week, it would rack up over 12 a month.

Fridge

It costs about 56 a year, or 0.6p an hour, to run afridge.

One reader was charged 470 by Ovo Energy to switch suppliers and now hes struggling.

Heres how to get extra cash when the weather gets cold.

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