MILLIONS of households could get paid to use less electricity this winter – amid fears of major blackouts.
The National Grid is figuring out a scheme that would incentivise consumers to use less energy at peak times, when supplies are low.
Customers with smart meters would be rewarded for keeping usage to a minimum.
The scheme, proposed by National Grid’s electricity system operator (ESO), would see participants delay carrying out power-reliant activities such as using the washing machine, cooking dinner or using energy-guzzling game consoles.
The move is poised to be a more cost-effective option for the power supplier while being a greener choice than coughing up cash to the fossil fuel power plants to churn out more electricity.
A pilot scheme earlier in the year encouraged people to reduce their electricity usage by offering cash to cook dinner later or put washing on earlier.
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The trial was tried at the busiest times of a week in February, to see how supply and demand can be better balanced across the country's power networks.
One man already proved he could make a difference to his power bill by using a clever trick.
The electric car owner shared how he cut his energy bill to almost zero by selling power back to the National Grid.
Paul Kershaw, 51, charges his vehicle during off-peak times and then sells it back to the supplier when it's wanted the most.
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The savvy driver has been able to cover the cost of his rising energy bills with the money he is making returning the energy for profit.
Paul says the move has cut his energy bills to almost zero.
He said: "It's taking away a lot of the anxiety about bills going up by 300 per cent. Last year I paid £7.50 for electricity per month."
The money saving hack stems from his participation in a 'vehicle to grid' trial by power supplier Ovo and software company Kaluza.
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It comes as households face being offered electricity tariffs with prices that change every half hour.
"Surge pricing" on energy bills will be possible thanks to smart meters, with people paying more at peak times and less at quieter times.
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