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Topic # 214665 23-May-2017 11:00
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I'm a low power user as I have a tiny house but I decided to take a look around to see what my options are, I have been with genesis for many years. It looks like electric kiwi would work out very slightly higher than what I'm paying on genesis when I look at the price per day/KWh as genesis give me a 10% discount for paying by direct debit and electric kiwi don't. However if I correctly use the free hour of power from EK I should see benefits that would outweigh what genesis offer.

 

I emailed genesis to see what they could offer but they could only say that I could get a marginal discount if I moved to a fixed contract that involved high fees if I break it....great incentive! Even if the offer had been good I would have left due to grammar rage as the email ended with:

 

Over the last 12 months you have spent $1,795.16. If you were on the above offer, you would of spent $1,609.11 which is a savings of $186.05.

 

Anyway, I understand that existing electric kiwi users can provide a link which gets them and myself $50 off the next bill, I don't know anyone on electric kiwi so I will use the link of the first reply after this one for anyone who can. provide it.





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Reply # 1786533 23-May-2017 11:06
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Here you go!

 

Thank you !

 

 

 

https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/go/refer-a-friend?u32%2BKkD87fy8Et21sgqaBA%3D%3D


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  Reply # 1786534 23-May-2017 11:06
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I'm with them and loving it. I've optimised my usage around the free hour slashing my bills by at least 30% (in summer months even more). Happy to provide link for you: https://www.electrickiwi.co.nz/go/refer-a-friend?9FWLXVvoUnY755yhFtM99w%3D%3D


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  Reply # 1786550 23-May-2017 11:13
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Did you consider Flick Electric as well? I think the average saving is around 15% if you do nothing, my overall saving since I moved is 25%.

 

Update 2018: I moved from Flick to Electric Kiwi about a year ago now, just before the high priced winter of 2017. I got tired of watching alerts, planning and messing about - I know you don't have to, but I wanted to get the best savings.

 

I'm happy with Electric Kiwi, now some of their teething issues are worked out around power outage reporting. I haven't compared the costs because I don't care enough to bother. I use 15 - 25% of my power in my "free hour of power" by having a timer installed on the hot water heater (which cost $250 installed by an electrician), heat pumps on a timer, clothes drier, dishwasher, and a couple of heaters. Beware not to blow the pole fuse like I did - ours is 60A from memory, and we get close sometimes. It was apparently faulty though.out.

 

Anyone can use my electric kiwi referral link for a $50 credit (I get $50 credit too).





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  Reply # 1786560 23-May-2017 11:21
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There is a user that has created an app that allows you to change the free hour of power on the fly, give him the referral 




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  Reply # 1786563 23-May-2017 11:22
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xujian945 wins. I signed up using that link, thanks.

 

timmmay: yes I did but as a low user the free hour of power with electric kiwi was the deciding factor. I do nearly everything between 6 and 7pm in the evening so it should see a significantly high reduction in my bill.





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  Reply # 1786568 23-May-2017 11:24
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dryburn:

 

There is a user that has created an app that allows you to change the free hour of power on the fly, give him the referral 

 

 

What do you mean by "on the fly"? You can change your free hour at any time on electrickiwi website.


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  Reply # 1786577 23-May-2017 11:36
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fizzychicken:

 

xujian945 wins. I signed up using that link, thanks.

 

timmmay: yes I did but as a low user the free hour of power with electric kiwi was the deciding factor. I do nearly everything between 6 and 7pm in the evening so it should see a significantly high reduction in my bill.

 

 

You can't have your free hour of power then. From their website

 

When joining Electric Kiwi you are able to choose the off-peak hour that's best for you. Off peak power is anytime between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM every day.





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  Reply # 1786579 23-May-2017 11:38
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timmmay:

 

 

 

You can't have your free hour of power then. From their website

 

 

Yeah I figured that one out, I was more focussed on my doing everything at one time. Im happy to move all the things I do to 4pm or even later to 9pm if it means I'm not paying for it.





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  Reply # 1786583 23-May-2017 11:39
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Will be interesting to see what you manage to save. If it's less than 15% then consider Flick.

 

 





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  Reply # 1786584 23-May-2017 11:39
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Yeah, you can't have peak free hour. That wouldn't be profitable for them since the spot price is too high.

 

 


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  Reply # 1786585 23-May-2017 11:40
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fizzychicken:

 

xujian945 wins. I signed up using that link, thanks.

 

timmmay: yes I did but as a low user the free hour of power with electric kiwi was the deciding factor. I do nearly everything between 6 and 7pm in the evening so it should see a significantly high reduction in my bill.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, I have been with Electric Kiwi for over a year, it's great, we usually set one hour free electric from 9pm to 10pm, just turn on washing machine, dish wish, etc. in the past year saved us over $300.


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  Reply # 1786593 23-May-2017 11:54
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We've been with them for over 2 years now, my average free hour saving is 30% (with record of 58%). The thing which really made difference is that we usually only heat our water during that free hour (which would save us a lot even if it wasn't free hour). But we don't waste water (I guess unlike most people) we only use around 200l a day so it might not work for most people.


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  Reply # 1802605 17-Jun-2017 14:32
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I've just signed up for EK myself, but I have a question about the free hour. Can this be changed on the day? I can't figure it out from the text that they use to describe it.

In other words, if I'm spontaneously at home at 3pm on a Wednesday, can I quickly set my free hour to 3-4pm and turn on the dishwasher?


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  Reply # 1802612 17-Jun-2017 15:00
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They set your hour for the day at midnight of that day.

 

So, you can set it anytime during the day (and even after the hour has been).


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  Reply # 1802620 17-Jun-2017 15:36
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mattrix:

They set your hour for the day at midnight of that day.


So, you can set it anytime during the day (and even after the hour has been).



That's awesome.

Ps. Tried to use your referral link post-registration but their online chat staff said it can't be done unless I knew your name and address. Rude!

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