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BRITS could be paid to put on a load of washing or charge their phones when it's sunny or windy.

Ministers want to introduce incentives for consumers to use energy at quieter, off-peak times as part of a radical shake-up of the electricity system.

Families could get paid to use the dishwasher when there's extra energy in the system thanks to renewables, like on sunny summer days or high winds.

Or they could get cut-price deals to use appliances overnight or early in the morning, which would slash the risk of blackouts this winter.

As more Brits switch to electric cars and heat pumps, ministers are worried the grid won't be able to cope, and want to rip up the system.

The price of electricity and gas are also set to be separated – meaning household bills should fall.

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Plans to have people pay more for electricity at peak hours, have been in the pipeline since earlier this year.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng previously said that it "totally makes sense" for the government to look into raising the cost of electricity during busy times like Friday evenings.

Spiraling gas prices are currently pushing up electricity costs, despite renewables getting cheaper.

Energy bills have skyrocketed by 54 per cent to a record £1,971 a year – and are set to soar again in October to as much as £3,300.

Kwasi Kwarteng, said: "In what could be the biggest electricity market shake up in decades, I am confident that this review will significantly enhance GB’s energy security and supply for generations to come."

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Several suppliers offer Economy 7 tariffs, which have cheaper pricing in the night compared to the day. 

The Sun spoke to one man who saves money by washing his clothes at night on one of these special tariffs.

There are also tariffs that will pay you if you generate your own renewable energy and it goes back to the grid. 

One man came up with a clever trick which helped him cut his energy bill to almost zero.

Paul Kershaw, 51, charges his vehicle during off-peak times and then sells it back to the supplier when it's wanted most.

The driver has been able to cover the cost of his rising energy bills with the money he is making returning the energy for profit.

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Paul said the move has cut his energy bills to almost zero.

"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," he said.

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