A MAJOR energy supplier will pay you to turn off your devices at peak times and you could save £100s.
Ovo Energy will pay eligible customers £10 a month if they reduce their energy consumption during peak times.
Ovo Energy has launched a scheme to pay over one million customers to shift their consumption away from peak timesCredit: Getty
Those taking part in its Power Move scheme will need to cut their usage between the peak hours of 4pm-7pm to less than 12.5%.
That’s the equivalent of moving four loads of washing each week from on-peak to off-peak hours.
Or three dishwasher loads to later on in the evening.
The average household uses 18% of its electricity at peak times so by reducing this to 12.5% or below, over one million eligible Ovo Energy customers can be credited £10 a month.
You can join a Power Move challenge if you’re an Ovo pay monthly and on-demand customer with a smart meter that’s sending half-hourly readings.
If you haven’t already, you can easily switch to half-hourly reads through your online account.
Customers without a working smart meter cannot take part in the scheme.
Ovo first trialled its Power Move scheme back in November last year.
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The company contacted selected customers to take part and rewarded them with £20 in monthly credit if they cut their usage to less than 12.5% between 4pm and 7pm.
The trial ran from November 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.
Natalie Harris, 52, from Bristol, took part in the trial and said: “Ovo paid me £80 last winter for making simple changes that reduced demand on the grid.
“This meant I was able to treat myself when I did my weekly shop.
“I’ve tried to keep up the good habits I made, for example, I’m more conscious of when I run the washing machine and I try not to put the oven on during peak hours.”
Ovo’s new scheme pays customers £10 less each month, but if you were to cut your usage over the next 12 months, you’d still bag £120 in total.
If you hit the monthly ta …