UK offers to pay residents to save energy amid cold snap
These London residents woke up to brutal cold this morning — with sub-freezing temperatures recorded throughout much of the U-K.
With the cold snap expected to continue — the British government is asking its citizens to help out.
From 5 to 6 P-M tonight — local time — the U-K will be implementing its Demand Flexibility Service for the first time ever.
The service offers financial incentives to people if they agree to use less power during crunch periods.
An official with National Grid said people can take advantage of these incentives by doing things like holding off on cooking or washing clothes until after 6 p-m.
More than a million British households have signed up to the service ahead of tonight.
National Grid has also asked for three coal-powered generators to be warmed up in case they are needed.
The generators were last put on stand-by last month — but were not used.