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  Reply # 722906 26-Nov-2012 10:37 Send private message

Maybe everybody can do a screenshot from their last account review email:



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  Reply # 722907 26-Nov-2012 10:40 Send private message

Powershop have created this page to help show the breakdown of how your per-unit cost is made up:

https://secure.powershop.co.nz/prices

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  Reply # 722909 26-Nov-2012 10:40 Send private message

Folks, just moved this to a more appropriate forum. Keep discussing though :)





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  Reply # 722912 26-Nov-2012 10:42 Send private message

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Wairarapa, very low user

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  Reply # 722914 26-Nov-2012 10:42 Send private message

Fielding, moderate user.









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  Reply # 722926 26-Nov-2012 11:03 Send private message

from what I hear P'Shop are now not really any cheaper for low users......

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7633494/Rising-bills-anger-Powershop-customers


"what's my numbers" saying contact online ontime saves me $165 a year

contact all day eco lower user is $0.23478 per kwh + $0.29897 fixed charge per day for my region. if I'm consuming 10 units per day, that's equivalent of $0.2647 per kwh all year round. compare to Powershop's $0.2989~$0.3 per unit for Nov.

if powershop's unit price doesn't drop significantly below contact's pricing for me in summer then I'd be better off switching to contact.

contact's natural gas still higher than my genesis bill though.

Umm account review showing $0.278 per unit for Oct. It looks their regular specials help to bring cost down a bit.




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  Reply # 722939 26-Nov-2012 11:25 Send private message

I'm not with Powershop, I'm with Meridian, same company I believe. In Wellington I pay 23c/kwh, my bill varies between $120 in summer and $350 in winter so I'm not a low user.




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  Reply # 722949 26-Nov-2012 11:34 Send private message

remuera, moderate usage.




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  Reply # 723049 26-Nov-2012 13:42 Send private message

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No one can beat me.. Didn't realized how much more I've been paying until now..
Time to jump ship..


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  Reply # 723051 26-Nov-2012 13:44 Send private message

I just checked our Powershop transactions for our home in Chch, over the year to today.

We've purchased approx 6500 units for $1550 = an average 24.1 cents per unit.

But we actually spent closer to $1450 because of the nearly $100 saved through the Christchurch weekend rebate (we get given 5c/kWh back for any weekend daytime usage), so it comes down to 22.5 cents per unit.

Then, for more direct comparison with other providers, let's deduct 38c per day inc GST as a typical low user fixed daily charge, and it comes down further to an equivalent 20.7 cents per kWh over the past year.

A quick check at powerswitch.org.nz claims there are several "better" plans for us and Powershop barely makes the top 10, but what we've actually spent with Powershop beats them all.

The Powerswitch website seems incompatible with the Powershop business model. Maybe Powerswitch gives reasonable advice for users who would just "set and forget" if they were with Powershop, maybe it doesn't, I don't know. But because I'm in a region with weekend rebates and tend to take advantage of most Powershop specials - two factors the Powerswitch calculator doesn't incorporate - it gives very incorrect advice for me.


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  Reply # 723066 26-Nov-2012 13:55 Send private message

timmmay: I'm not with Powershop, I'm with Meridian, same company I believe. In Wellington I pay 23c/kwh, my bill varies between $120 in summer and $350 in winter so I'm not a low user.


You are comparing apples and oranges with the kwh charges, what is your line charge and what does that equate to as a per/kw rate? Powershop don't do fixed charges so it's all built into the variable rate.

When I changed from Mercury to Powershop my kwh rate went up but my overall bill went down as there are no fixed charges.



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  Reply # 723074 26-Nov-2012 14:02 Send private message

heapsort: I just checked our Powershop transactions for our home in Chch, over the year to today.

We've purchased approx 6500 units for $1550 = an average 24.1 cents per unit.

But we actually spent closer to $1450 because of the nearly $100 saved through the Christchurch weekend rebate (we get given 5c/kWh back for any weekend daytime usage), so it comes down to 22.5 cents per unit.

Then, for more direct comparison with other providers, let's deduct 38c per day inc GST as a typical low user fixed daily charge, and it comes down further to an equivalent 20.7 cents per kWh over the past year.

A quick check at powerswitch.org.nz claims there are several "better" plans for us and Powershop barely makes the top 10, but what we've actually spent with Powershop beats them all.

The Powerswitch website seems incompatible with the Powershop business model. Maybe Powerswitch gives reasonable advice for users who would just "set and forget" if they were with Powershop, maybe it doesn't, I don't know. But because I'm in a region with weekend rebates and tend to take advantage of most Powershop specials - two factors the Powerswitch calculator doesn't incorporate - it gives very incorrect advice for me.


In addition to the specials (gotta love those) there's also the ability to plan and pre-purchase power while the rates are lower. I find the whole user experience is much more empowering and it makes you much more aware of what you're using than any set and forget model. Even if the prices could be a little lower the user experience makes up for it. My anticipated savings per year are only $135 if I switched (powerswitch figure) which for me is simply not worth it.

Happy customer.






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  Reply # 723083 26-Nov-2012 14:22 Send private message

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