Words by Abi Scaife
Households in the UK could now be paid for not using energy during peak times.
Where do I sign up?!
The scheme has only been used in tests so far, but from today (Monday 23rd Jan) it will officially launch between 5pm and 6pm.
If your energy supplier is one of the 26 that has signed up, and you have a smart meter, you should get a notification that the scheme will start today.
How does it work?
Customers will receive a discount if they reduce electricity usage between certain times - today, that is 5pm to 6pm, but in future, it will vary.
The National Grid says you can earn a few pounds, but as much as £20, by delaying things like running your washing machine, oven, or even charging an electric vehicle.
For more information on the Demand Flexibility Service, including whether or not your provider is involved, take a look at this page on the National Grid website.