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  #1903876 18-Nov-2017 22:05
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timmmay:

 

Newlands, covered by Wellington Electricity.

 

 

I used to live in Newlands. I typed in my old address here https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/pricing and it says 18c + GST, not inc.

 

Here in Kapiti its 21c + GST.

 

Still wondering if Flick is going to be worth it. Anyone else here in Kapiti? - if so, what prices are you seeing on & off peak?


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  #1903882 18-Nov-2017 22:45
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allune:

 

Wonder if it'll be cheaper with Flick now... we're paying 0.27 per kWh with Electric Kiwi (with GST) here in Chch, low user. Friend in Whangaparaoa only pays 0.18 :( Why is it much dearer in Chch

 

 

 

 

Is that friend also on a low user plan, or are they on standard user? As standard user has lower unit charges but higher fixed charges.

 

Also have a look at the Orion network price schedule They have a capacity charge and a peak / offpeak charging tariff structure, but no fixed fees. While Vector instead charge a fixed fee and a per unit surcharge. Problem is that the silly low user regulations mean that it is virtually impossible for power companies to offer retail pricing plans that feature capacity based charges. If they were to do so, it would be possible for end customers to structure their power usage in a way that would cause the retailer to break the law.

 

 

 

Short answer - silly laws + EK deciding to roll the peak and offpeak and capacity costs into a flat rate + extra costs due to the earthquakes, Is the reason why power is expensive in Christchurch.

 

As for Flick pricing in Christchurch, they have peak, shoulder, and offpeak pricing. If you can move most of your usage to offpeak and weekends, Flick will probably be cheaper. But Flick are still mucking around with the Orion pricing, instead of passing it through directly.

 

Also the EK website says that they are offering 25.67c / unit for low user in Christchurch. (I just typed random addresses into the EK website until it gave me suggestions for Christchurch). So at least ring EK and ask to be moved to the lower price.

 

timmmay:

 

I got a call from Flick yesterday, offering customers who left before the winter spike a $75 credit if they come back.

 

How have prices been the past month or so? What are people in Wellington effectively paying per kwh, ignoring daily charges? Can anyone tell me what say what they paid the past month for how many kwh?

 

On EK, taking into account hour of power savings, I'm effectively paying 15.0c/kwh, and prices are static. EK's daily charge is slightly lower.

 

 

Im not happy with this - I stayed with Flick through the price spikes. So it is annoying to hear that people who switched and who then change back are being rewarded for not being loyal. For the record, Im not annoyed with anyone who switched away, and who has been given that offer. Im only annoyed at Flick themselves.

 

 

 

Time for me to do another pricing review. But it is difficult for me, as I always fall in the usage hole of low user being better during summer, and standard user being better during winter.






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  #1903901 19-Nov-2017 07:24
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Not happy here either.

I don't expect a reward for staying, but rewarding people for leaving is bull crap, and I've sent them a complaint saying so.




Electrician.

 

Location: Dunedin

 

 


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  #1903904 19-Nov-2017 07:35
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RexHavoc:

 

 

 

I used to live in Newlands. I typed in my old address here https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/pricing and it says 18c + GST, not inc.

 

 

Don't know what to tell you. I'm just looking at my bill.


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  #1903912 19-Nov-2017 08:32
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allune:

 

Wonder if it'll be cheaper with Flick now... we're paying 0.27 per kWh with Electric Kiwi (with GST) here in Chch, low user. Friend in Whangaparaoa only pays 0.18 :( Why is it much dearer in Chch

 

 

For others here, ChCh is Low User 27 and 34  and Normal user 25 and 84(all these numbers include GST) 

 

Oddly, I am on Normal User at 23 and 84 I joined at about the Flick crisis as became aware of EK.

 

BUT, my free hour of power is a significant discount. The last 12 days Ive used 119 kW and  of that 20kW was free, an 18.4% "discount" on the usage charges, making my 23c to be 18.76c


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  #1903931 19-Nov-2017 09:17
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Aredwood:

 

Short answer - silly laws + EK deciding to roll the peak and offpeak and capacity costs into a flat rate + extra costs due to the earthquakes, Is the reason why power is expensive in Christchurch.

 

As for Flick pricing in Christchurch, they have peak, shoulder, and offpeak pricing. If you can move most of your usage to offpeak and weekends, Flick will probably be cheaper. But Flick are still mucking around with the Orion pricing, instead of passing it through directly.

 

Also the EK website says that they are offering 25.67c / unit for low user in Christchurch. (I just typed random addresses into the EK website until it gave me suggestions for Christchurch). So at least ring EK and ask to be moved to the lower price.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the info Aredwood. Is it 25.67 with GST? :)

 

 

 

tdgeek:

 

For others here, ChCh is Low User 27 and 34  and Normal user 25 and 84(all these numbers include GST) 

 

Oddly, I am on Normal User at 23 and 84 I joined at about the Flick crisis as became aware of EK.

 

BUT, my free hour of power is a significant discount. The last 12 days Ive used 119 kW and  of that 20kW was free, an 18.4% "discount" on the usage charges, making my 23c to be 18.76c

 

 

 

 

Switched to EK during that time as well so I'm envious =)

 

Anyway with free power we're down to around 22c

 

Almost 40+% free for us (gas hot water heating).


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  #1903933 19-Nov-2017 09:25
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allune:

 

Aredwood:

 

Short answer - silly laws + EK deciding to roll the peak and offpeak and capacity costs into a flat rate + extra costs due to the earthquakes, Is the reason why power is expensive in Christchurch.

 

As for Flick pricing in Christchurch, they have peak, shoulder, and offpeak pricing. If you can move most of your usage to offpeak and weekends, Flick will probably be cheaper. But Flick are still mucking around with the Orion pricing, instead of passing it through directly.

 

Also the EK website says that they are offering 25.67c / unit for low user in Christchurch. (I just typed random addresses into the EK website until it gave me suggestions for Christchurch). So at least ring EK and ask to be moved to the lower price.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the info Aredwood. Is it 25.67 with GST? :)

 

 

I get 27c incl GST at me neighbours address, Halswell. 25.67 that @aredwood advised is also including GST

 

Now, I typed in a few addresses in ChCh and I get different results. Why is EK charging different rates in different parts of urban ChCh? Isn't it all Orion here?

 

Edit, I have left them a message about this on EK website


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  #1903940 19-Nov-2017 09:48
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@tdgeek We’re in Wigram and we have the same rate as yours (low user?). Hope the reply to you. Will send an email as well after I ‘investigate’ myself and find different rates.

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  #1903941 19-Nov-2017 09:57
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allune: @tdgeek We’re in Wigram and we have the same rate as yours (low user?). Hope the reply to you. Will send an email as well after I ‘investigate’ myself and find different rates.

 

@allune  Cool. I'm just over the bridge in Aidanfield. 


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  #1903945 19-Nov-2017 10:14
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I had Contact at my door a week ago offering a deal with 26% off their rates for two years on a fixed price deal with $150 credit loaded on the account. I was tempted by the deal but stuck with Flick. The maths was that Contact would be about $1 a week more most of the year, but maybe $10 a week less during last winter. I guessed that overall they'd be roughly on par.... but with $150 buffer to then swing it towards Contact being cheaper.

 

I chose not to take the deal in the end, because my conscience likes the fact that with Flick, shifting my usage to save me money, typically aligns with less polluting times. And conversely particularly during most major price spikes when more polluting sources are turned on, me choosing to save money by turning everything off, is contributing a small way to reducing the load.

 

Normally, fancy accounting and complicated special deals insulate us from the true costs of our actions (both financial and environmental), and therefore it is rare to find something so simple as Flick. I might be paying more, but there is something reassuring about it.


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  #1903946 19-Nov-2017 10:17
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tdgeek:

 

I get 27c incl GST at me neighbours address, Halswell. 25.67 that @aredwood advised is also including GST

 

Now, I typed in a few addresses in ChCh and I get different results. Why is EK charging different rates in different parts of urban ChCh? Isn't it all Orion here?

 

Edit, I have left them a message about this on EK website

 

 

From EK web site. FAQs on pricing page. 

 

"When you sign up to Electric Kiwi, we search the Electricity Authority's nationwide database to determine what set up you have. You'll automatically be allocated the best rates we have for this set up, which will mean your rates will be lower if you have controlled supply."

 

Controlled supply means the lines company can turn your hot water power on and off to regulate load on their lines.

 

This may account for differences in pricing.


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  #1903947 19-Nov-2017 10:19
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timmmay:

 

RexHavoc:

 

I used to live in Newlands. I typed in my old address here https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/pricing and it says 18c + GST, not inc.

 

 

Don't know what to tell you. I'm just looking at my bill.

 

 

Good score then. I reckon you must have the lowest price in the country wink

 

 


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  #1903966 19-Nov-2017 11:12
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djtOtago:

tdgeek:


I get 27c incl GST at me neighbours address, Halswell. 25.67 that @aredwood advised is also including GST


Now, I typed in a few addresses in ChCh and I get different results. Why is EK charging different rates in different parts of urban ChCh? Isn't it all Orion here?


Edit, I have left them a message about this on EK website



From EK web site. FAQs on pricing page. 


"When you sign up to Electric Kiwi, we search the Electricity Authority's nationwide database to determine what set up you have. You'll automatically be allocated the best rates we have for this set up, which will mean your rates will be lower if you have controlled supply."


Controlled supply means the lines company can turn your hot water power on and off to regulate load on their lines.


This may account for differences in pricing.



Thanks it must be that

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  #1903968 19-Nov-2017 11:22
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We use LPG water heating so I guess lines company can’t turn ours off and on. So we must be charged lower then?

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  #1903986 19-Nov-2017 12:06
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We do have controlled supply, that'll be the difference.


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