Big Power Switch Off: What time is it – and why are people being told to turn off lights?

The Big Power Switch Off is seeing thousands of UK households turn off the lights. It’s a protest against the recent rise in energy costs. Here are all the details on the next self-imposed blackout.

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The first Big Power Switch Off was held on April 10, 2022 in protest against the rising cost of living.

It saw thousands of UK households turn off their power at 10pm for 10 minutes.

The goal of the switch off is simple: it wants to pressure the government and energy companies to reverse the recent crippling rise in energy costs.

In April 2022, the energy market regulator Ofgem raised the price cap for energy costs by a staggering 54 percent, affecting 22 million homes across the UK.

The response was the first Big Power Switch Off, and now a second is being planned for tonight.

What is the next Big Power Switch Off?







This is the second Big Power Switch Off
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The next event is set to take place tonight, Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 7pm in the UK.

Plans are already in place to make the protest a weekly event, with each lasting 10 minutes at least.

Event organizer Karen Brady wrote on Twitter: “Next # BigPowerOff2 will be earlier at 7pm Saturday 16th April, just before Parliament arrives back from their holidays.

“RT & share on all social media platforms. Thanks to EVERYONE involved. Solidarity in numbers. Enough is enough!”

The protest is not dissimilar to events recently witnessed in Spain.

In the country, social media set up a “silent revolution protest” that was held on March 10, 2022 at 10pm.

Much like the protest in the UK, the event lasted for 10 minutes during which participants switched off all power in their homes.

How can you get involved in the next Big Power Switch Off event?







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The event is open to anyone who wants to be involved, even those who are not affected by the recent increase in energy costs.

A post on Facebook has been shared recently, one which outlines the aims of the event and how it will impact the energy companies, and in turn the government.

The post reads: “The idea is that, if it will not put you at risk, you switch off all of your electrical appliances, lights, or switch off at the breakers for 10 minutes.

“This short power off will cause an imbalance on the national grid, where consumption becomes lower than predicted and therefore the electrical supply is too great.

“To protect the grid, power stations will be temporarily disconnected or issued notices to attenuate their output.”

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