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    Should we not use electricity during peak times?

    January 30, 2023 - Daily Mail


      WHY do people have to be bribed to do the right thing with the Demand Flexibility Service when you are paid not to use electricity during peak times? Few people need to use their washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or do the ironing between 4.30pm and 6pm. What are the rewards for those of us who have rejected a smart meter and are happy to ease up on using electrical appliances during the high demand period for the benefit of everyone?

      ANNE WOODWARD, Norwich.

      WE'RE being asked not to plug in the kettle for a cuppa when we get back from work to save on the electricity. How will we manage after 2030, especially if the wind doesn't blow, when it won't only be the kettle but cars that will need plugging in?

      TERRY COATES, Birmingham.

      I OFTEN don't draw any electricity from the National Grid between 4.30pm and 6pm as I have a solar energy capture and battery storage system. I charge the battery with off-peak electricity at night from the National Grid so I can draw power as needed during the day or when solar energy is low. What financial benefit do I get from this? None, as the rewards only apply if you delay demand either side of the critical evening period.

      DOUGLAS BINGHAM, Plungar, Leics.

      AT 5.30pm, I'm sitting at home in the cold and dark because I'm skint and my energy supplier says saving electricity at peak times could unlock a much-needed reward. It feels like the power cuts of the 1970s.

      GARY FREESTONE, Leicester. I'VE cracked the best way to take advantage of the Demand Flexibility Service. Go to the pub at tea time, enjoy a pint and a chat, and use the landlord's heating, lighting and facilities.

      TIM WATSON, Tibshelf, Derbys. INSTEAD of giving discounts to those who switch electricity off at certain times, how long will it be before energy companies start penalising customers who don't reduce their consumption?

      A. SMALE, Colchester, Essex.


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