Great Britain the government there are plans that show the exact time when your home may lose power this winter. This happens as a result National network warnings of a potential energy crisis that could cripple the country.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin was accused of sabotaging the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which subsequently limited gas supplies Europe. Russia will reportedly use this to punish the West for its support Ukraine. Although the UK is not dependent on Russian energy supplies, it imports significant amounts of electricity and gas from European countries.

National Grid initially warned that electricity generators may need to cut power to save gas, especially on cold nights in January and February 2023. A possible plan that would see UK homes switch off for three hours during the winter has now been revealed.

In response to warnings from energy experts, the government has unveiled plans to save energy this winter. It is called the “Emergency Electricity Code”, which provides for a series of blackouts in the country.

The document details the different levels of blackouts, or “blackouts”, which will be implemented sporadically across the UK. With plans to cut power to homes for as little as three hours a day, up to a total blackout of 24 hours.

It also informs the public about three main steps and methods that the government can implement as a way to save energy. They are as follows:

  • Direct appeals to the population and industry with a request to reduce the demand for electricity
  • Restrictions on industrial energy consumption, such as requiring companies and firms to reduce energy consumption by a certain percentage
  • The use of periodic blackouts or “pivot blackouts” across the country

Power cuts in UK homes this winter

The Emergency Electricity Supply Code (ESEC) aims to ensure equal distribution and consumption of electricity across the country in the event of a shortage. One of the main planned methods of achieving this is excessive blackout.

Because energy in the UK is supplied by a number of suppliers, they divide it into 18 different load blocks, very similar to postcodes. Each load unit is assigned a letter from A to U – although F, I and O are not used – and each is assigned a different time period that will be affected by outages under this energy saving plan.

Each day will be divided into eight three-hour periods starting from 00:30 AM to 3:30 AM and ending at 21:30 PM to 00:30 AM and will be numbered one through eight. The territories are located all over the country, so all energy consumers with the same printed load letter will be affected at the same time.

The first phase – level one – will see UK homes cut for three hours three times a week, although some blocks of homes will have their lights cut four times. Most of the cuts will take place at the beginning of the week. For example, households in Block A will experience power cuts on Mondays from 00:30 to 03:30, Wednesdays from 15:30 to 18:30 and Sundays from 00:30 to 03:30.

Here is the distribution of outages by level 1 UK load units (UK Government)

Although the number of blackouts will double in level two, National Grid is keen to keep them close. Homes in the UK will be switched off six times a week, amounting to 18 hours of blackout.

At level three, the number of outages will increase even more, and the number of three-hour outages will increase by three. This means that UK households will suffer from 27 hours power outage every week.

If the power situation worsens to such an alarming degree, there will be additional levels of crisis that could force homes to spend more time without power than with it. From level five, which sees 15 series of three-hour outages per week (45 hours), to level 18, which involves a complete and total blackout or “blackout” of the UK’s electricity grid. In this case, protected facilities such as hospitals, food manufacturers, oil refineries, ports, basic water and sewerage services, major airports and digital telecommunications services will remain unaffected.

How to check which block your house is in

To find out which blackout periods are important for your household, you first need to know which letter load block you are in. You can find this by looking at one of your electricity bills, which should have a letter, often in a box near the top. Please note that not every energy supplier will include your load unit in your electricity bills, so in this case you will need to contact them directly to find out.