Big Power Switch Off explained: what is it and why is it happening?

A ‘Big Power Off’ event has been arranged online in response to the cost of living crisis with energy bills at an all-time high. It is set to take place on Sunday night, April 10, and will involve participants turning off all electrical items in their home.

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The ‘Big Power Off’ is set to take place at 10pm tonight. Here is a quick run-down on what the Big Power Off is and what it will involve.

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What is Big Power Off and what time are things being switched off?

People who want to take part in the Big Power Off are being invited to switch off all devices, lights, appliances and other items that use electricity as long as it is safe to do so and won’t put people at risk. Organisers hope to organise a ten-minute blackout as people across the UK turn off the lights.

The organisers say the blackout is planned for 10pm on Sunday, with devices set to be turned back on from around 10.10pm.

The Big Power Off, described by organisers as a ‘non-partisan’ action, aims to create an imbalance in the National Grid this evening as the ten-minute blackout is followed by everyone turning their lights and other devices back on. The overall aim is to force the Government and utility companies to take action to reduce overall energy costs.

Material circulating online demands immediate action is taken. Further Big Power Off actions are reportedly planned if action is not taken to tackle increased energy bills.

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