Britons have revealed how they sat in the dark for an hour last night as 1million homes and businesses slashed their electricity use only to be told they will get as little as 5p off their energy bills.
National Grid has said the great British switch off, called the Demand Flexibility Service (DFS), could become a feature of British life with another one taking place between 4.30pm and 6pm tonight.
Rising energy tariffs and the cold weather has seen many households resorting to desperate measures to make savings and 1million homes and businesses have rushed to sign up to a scheme that pays them to turn off washing machines, ovens, dishwashers and, even, the lights.
One family from Bedfordshire told MailOnline how they sat in the dark between 5pm and 6pm yesterday with only a torch after being promised a rebate of up to £20 from the National Grid. But many believe it will work out at a few pence.
Suzanne Murray, an administrator from Southampton who took part yesterday told the BBC:…