Can I get paid to use less electricity?

A kettle on the stove
Claire Wong


Digital Content Producer


Find out if you can get money off your energy bill as part of the Demand Flexibility Service 

Up to a million households in England, Scotland and Wales will be paid to use less electricity at certain times as part of National Grid’s Demand Flexibility Service.

Will I be paid if I use less electricity?

You need to have already signed up for the Demand Flexibility Service. If you have, then delaying boiling the kettle or using the oven until later could mean you’re awarded a discount on your energy bill.

Can I sign up to the Demand Flexibility Scheme?

Firstly, this scheme is only available to smart meter users. If you have a smart meter and would like to sign up, you’ll need to start by checking if your energy provider is one of the 26 taking part in the Demand Flexibility Service.

If it is taking part, you’ll find it on this list. Click on your energy provider name on the list and it will take you to their website. If you aren’t immediately prompted to sign up for it, search for Demand Flexibility Service (DFS) to find the sign up page.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get a notification when the scheme is about to start, so that you can take advantage of it by not running the washing machine, tumble dryer, or other electrical appliances during the Demand Flexibility Service times.

How often will this happen?

National Grid hasn’t yet released all the dates when this scheme will be available, but says it has run several tests so far and plans to run the scheme at least twice per month until March.

How much could I save?

National Grid said you could save anything from a couple of pounds up to twenty pounds on your energy bill by not using electricity during these times.

For further ideas to reduce your energy bills see our five ways to save gas at home.