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Monday, July 24, 2017

Your energy bills could be controlled by Google or Amazon under Government plans for 'peak pricing'

Your energy bills could be controlled by Google or Amazon under Government plans for 'peak pricing'



Under the arrangements suppliers will be able to switch consumer's appliances - like TVs and washing machines - on or off during times of high or low demand.



The scheme is designed to save billions in electricity bills, but it is likely to raise further questions on privacy and data security for households who choose to move to such contracts to reduce their bills.



Such tariffs will lead to householders paying more for watching television, charging gadgets and running the dishwasher during morning and evening “rush hours”.



To choose to sign up to the scheme consumers must first have a smart meter installed, which transmit information about when a household uses most energy to suppliers, giving them the power to increase bills at busy times.



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