Full list of appliances you could be paid to use during the night – from dishwashers to washing machines | The Sun

YOU can get paid to use certain appliances at night, which could be a perfect way to curve skyrocketing bills this winter.

The tip comes as National Grid warns households could face three-hour blackouts this winter.

As the energy crisis continues and the cost of living crisis grows, there are new fears there won't be enough power for winter.

People are being encouraged to sign up with their electricity supplier for a scheme which will give them money back on their bills.

To get the money back, customers will be expected to shift their use of power away from times of high demand to help prevent blackouts.

That could mean putting on the dishwasher or washing machine overnight or charging an electric vehicle at off-peak times.


What is the energy price guarantee and does it replace the price cap?

Martin Lewis warns major energy bill changes could see costs rocket

The "demand flexibility service" will run from November to March, and it is being introduced to help prevent blackouts.

So far there are two major suppliers providing customers with the scheme.

OVO Energy has announced a trial where customers can save up to £100 on their bills by switching their usage to less busy times of the day.

And Octopus Energy has also said customers will be £100 better off by using its "Saving Sessions" flexibility service.

Most read in Money


12m face cash cut as Liz Truss could abandon state pension triple lock


Lidl is selling a must have gadget for washing that costs just 7p to run


National Grid boss reveals exact time blackouts could hit households this winter


Ikea's new Christmas range launches – and prices start from just £1

Other energy suppliers have not yet announced how they will run the scheme.

But you'll need to be on a smart meter no matter which supplier you're with to take advantage of it.

And most people currently pay the same amount for energy throughout the day and night, unless they are on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff

These give you cheaper rates during the night and more expensive ones in the daytime – so the scheme will have varied results depending on which tariff you're on.

Which appliances can I get paid to use overnight?

You'll be able to opt into the scheme directly with your energy supplier.

Here's what they could pay you to use during the night:


According to uSwitch, an electric oven powered at 0.97 kilowatts and used for 30 minutes costs roughly 18p.

If you used it for 30 minutes every day for a year, that would cost you roughly £66.

Washing machine

A household of two adults and two children does an average 468 loads of washing a year – equivalent to 1.3 loads a day. 

For these households, the cost of running a washing machine costs an annual price of £159.12.

Slow cooker

Uswitch told The Sun that using a slow cooker for eight hours costs 92p.

If you ate a slow-cooked meal every day for a month, you'd fork out roughly £13.80.


It costs roughly 27p to run a single dishwasher cycle.

So if you used it every day for a week, it would rack up over £12 a month.


It costs about £56 a year, or 0.6p an hour, to run a fridge.

Electric car

It costs around £80-90, depending on where you buy your petrol, to fill the average car.

The EV equivalent is the VW ID.3. The largest battery it comes with is 77kWh and the current average kWh price for electricity at home is around 28p. A full charge, therefore, costs around £22.

But if you have a long journey ahead of you, you might need to top up more frequently.

How much you spend on energy and how much you could save on the scheme largely depends on your energy usage.

It's expected that households will receive a text, email or letter explaining that if they use less energy during peak hours on set days, they could be paid up to £10 a day if they choose to opt in.

But remember – there are a few risks and pieces of safety advice to take note of if you're going to run some appliances overnight.

These include:

  • Close all doors as this can help to prevent fire and smoke from spreading.
  • Switch off and unplug electrical items such as TVs.
  • Avoid charging devices like mobile phones when you sleep.
  • Make sure any candles are out before you go to bed.
  • Check your cooker and heaters are turned off.

Other ways to get help with bills

Energy suppliers offer support for those who are struggling to pay their bills.

Those on Universal Credit and older legacy benefits could get over £3,000 in bill support.

There are plenty of energy grants and schemes open to help you out if you're struggling.

British Gas has recently confirmed that it'll pay its most vulnerable customers grants worth £750 to help with sky-high bills.

Ask your supplier what's on offer and how to apply, or check here:

  • British Gas Energy Trust
  • Bulb energy fund
  • EDF's energy customer support fund
  • E.on's energy fund
  • Npower's energy fund
  • Ovo's debt and energy assistance
  • Scottish Power's hardship fund

There's also a one-off fuel voucher from your energy supplier if you're on a prepayment metre.

Read More on The Sun

I’m a bed expert – how to dry your sheets without using a tumble dryer

I found a woman living in hedge for 3 years as she didn’t want to leave cat

You can also contact the following if you're really struggling – help is just around the corner:

  • Money Advice Service – 0800 138 7777
  • Citizens Advice – 0808 800 9060
  • StepChange – 0800 138 1111
  • National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

Source: Read Full Article