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  Reply # 1801862 16-Jun-2017 09:16
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In the process of moving as well, like others have said above the constant notifications are frustrating and there is absolutely no price advantage with Flick currently no matter how well you shift things offpeak. Will probably flick back to Flick later in the year once pricing has settled again (thinking Oct/Nov).


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  Reply # 1802022 16-Jun-2017 11:23
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Kraven:

In the process of moving as well, like others have said above the constant notifications are frustrating and there is absolutely no price advantage with Flick currently no matter how well you shift things offpeak. Will probably flick back to Flick later in the year once pricing has settled again (thinking Oct/Nov).



Thinking the same. Will certainly switch back to Flick come spring/summer. EK advise you only have to be with them for 3 months to get the $50 credit from referral (paid first bill, recoverable until 3rd month) so other than the minor pain of moving I can't see any disadvantage. Hopefully next winter brings lots of rain and wind (never thought I'd say that).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1802028 16-Jun-2017 11:27
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I'm wondering... what stops EK from raising their prices next month if the spot prices stay this high throughout the winter? 

 

 


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  Reply # 1802030 16-Jun-2017 11:27
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Did you all use the EK referral to get the $50 credit?
If not, some have said you can message them still and say "I forgot to click via my friends referal" and they still do it.

 

Here's my link anyway:
https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/go/refer-a-friend?6lJeVjpcH2VzhIvof9nQ2A%3D%3D

I've made an Android app for them as well (allows scheduling different hours for different days, reminders, etc)
http://www.matthuisman.nz/2017/04/electrickiwi-android-app.html

 

 


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  Reply # 1802220 16-Jun-2017 16:19
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I applied to switch from Flick to EK 8 days ago, still hasn't happened!

 

They definitely aren't in a hurry.

 

I used your referral Mattrix.

 

23c/kWh sounds like a steal right now.


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  Reply # 1802249 16-Jun-2017 16:37
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Thanks mattrix.

 

I've applied to move to EK and sent your referral just now.

 

The app looks a great idea too, so many thanks for doing that.


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  Reply # 1802487 17-Jun-2017 08:41
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When I switched from Energy Online to Flick in April it took the full 10 business days (2 weeks) to switch over. That's why I'm a bit reluctant to switch away right now. It could take another two weeks, in which time the climate could have changed and the spot prices come back down.

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  Reply # 1802489 17-Jun-2017 09:27
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I've filled out the EK payment form, I guess now I wait for Flick to authorise the transfer. I don't really mind if it takes a day or 10 days, though sooner is better. I'm not changing for a few days, I'm tired of watching prices. If the floating price stabilises I might change back at the end of winter. If prices are roughtly comparable, and I do well with the free hour of power, I'll stay.

 

I can schedule hot water, two heat pumps, clothes drier, and dishwasher to start at roughly the same time. That's a load of around 13.4KWh, which at 18c/kwh comes to around $80/month. I hope running them all at the same time doesn't cause problems for my connection.





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  Reply # 1802491 17-Jun-2017 09:40
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Maybe its time the topic title was changed. May I suggest, "Time to give Flick the flick"?

 

I have been over 30cents per unit for a while now. Often at 35cents per unit.Currently I'm at 33.8cents per unit, but have most things off right now as its a nice sunny day in Kapiti.

 

The constant notifications are really annoying, and I am starting to wonder if its really worth having the notification at all. I don't really want a notification for when prices reach 35cents and wish there was a way to customise it (maybe to over 40cents). Often when prices are high its not possible to switch off anyway, ie in the middle of cooking, heating the house etc..

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1802500 17-Jun-2017 10:12
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I've just got the payment form - remember also, they take $4.99 from your account on signup.

 

@mattrix I've sent them a support message with your referral link. Looks like you're not going to pay for power for a bit :)





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  Reply # 1802510 17-Jun-2017 10:27
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I sent a message regarding the referral to @mattrix too.





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  Reply # 1802511 17-Jun-2017 10:28
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I guess that I will be the only Flick customer soon, with the way things are going. Mainly because I get an extra discount on my lines fees, due to no other power company offering peak/offpeak rates in Auckland. (that I know of)

 

Have been doing some more research into solar system pricing. As last time I checked prices, I hadn't factored that the solar would reduce my power usage enough for me to drop to low user pricing plans. Which would then further increase the returns from the solar.

 

Kind of kicking myself that I didn't decide to go ahead with a solar and battery system at the beginning of this year. I could have been sitting here quite smug right now. Even though I would be unlikely to be making a saving after taking capital costs into account.

 

Anyone know of any grid connect solar and battery inverters available that can still deliver their full rated power to house loads even during a power cut? The biggest I have seen so far can only deliver 2000VA without grid support. And its transfer time is rated at less than 5 seconds. So no good for using it as a UPS. Non grid connect models are basicly just a big UPS that has solar added on.

 

Supposedly Flick Electric are close to supporting solar generation customers. I rang them up and they said that they are doing trials right now. They also added my name to a database of people who are interested in getting solar. Things would be alot more interesting if you were able to export power right now with Flick - and get paid the wholesale price for your exported power.

 

 






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  Reply # 1802517 17-Jun-2017 10:44
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Thanks all!
I think you'll be pretty happy with EK.

Its also quite fun seeing how much power you can use in an hour.

I'm also working on a little cheap D1 Mini Lite to measure the power at mains (CT Sensor) and send it back to NAS. Then at 11:50 each night - finds highest hour for that day and sets it. Takes the guess work out of the days where not sure what hour was highest.

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  Reply # 1802519 17-Jun-2017 10:47
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Aredwood:

 

I guess that I will be the only Flick customer soon.

 

I would be still a Flick customer if it wasn't for my sister (who lives with me) not understanding spot pricing. She has caused me quite a few massive bills. Also am a low user. When I priced it up I was only saving a little compared to EK I worked out I could actually save a bit more with them.

 

If the relationship doesn't work out well I'll be with Flick as they're still a great power company.





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  Reply # 1802598 17-Jun-2017 14:09
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I'll be sticking with them for a bit still.

The way I see it you need to take the good with the bad. I paid 13c or less a unit for 3 months or more over summer, So it'll be a while before I'm worse off.

I could move till prices change then come back to maximise savings, but if everyone does that, flick will be gone.




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