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

Thousands of UK homes turn off their lights during the Big Power Switch Off. 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 took place on April 10, 2022 in protest of the rising cost of living.

It saw thousands of UK homes cut their electricity for 10 minutes at 10pm.

The aim of the shutdown is simple: to pressure the government and energy companies to reverse the recent crippling rise in energy costs.

In April 2022, energy market regulator Ofgem increased the price cap on energy bills by a staggering 54 per cent, affecting 22 million homes across the UK.

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

What’s the next Big Power Switch Off?

This is the second Big Power Switch Off


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The next event is tonight, Saturday 16 April 2022 at 7pm in the UK.

There are already plans to make the protest a weekly event, each lasting at least 10 minutes.

Event organizer Karen Brady wrote on Twitter: “The next #BigPowerOff2 takes place earlier on Saturday 16 April at 7pm, just before Parliament returns from its recess.

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

The protest is not unlike events witnessed recently in Spain.

In the country, social media organized a “silent revolution protest” that took place on March 10, 2022 at 10 p.m.

Similar to the UK protest, the event lasted 10 minutes during which participants turned off the power in their homes.

How can you join the next Big Power Switch Off event?

The cost of energy prices have increased by 54 percent


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The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate, including those unaffected by the recent increase in energy costs.

A post was recently shared on Facebook outlining the goals of the event and its impact on energy companies and therefore the government.

The post reads: “The idea is that if you’re not taking any chances by doing this, turn off all your electrical appliances and lights, or turn off the circuit breakers for 10 minutes.

“This brief shutdown will cause an imbalance in the national power grid, where consumption is lower than predicted and therefore the power supply is too large.

“To protect the grid, power plants are temporarily shut down or their output throttled.”

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