More than one million UK households and businesses got paid to cut back on their electricity use for an hour on the evenings of Jan. 23rd and 24th in the first test of a National Grid scheme to cut energy consumption. Being retired, “it doesn’t take a huge amount for us to reorganize our life so we don’t need to use electricity,” said Carole Benton of East Sussex. “I’m quite happy to leave it for people who have got children and have to get school uniforms washed and dried for the next day.” Sarah, a lawyer in Chesterfield, said: “If the people in Ukraine can live with daily power cuts and hardship it isn’t a big thing for us to sit at home (safe and warm under blankets) and not use appliances for an hour or so.”

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