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evilonenz

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#277176 30-Sep-2020 14:24
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Hi all,

 

Moving into a new build in the next month or two, and I am currently sizing up my options when it comes to natural gas providers (and thus in turn, electricity providers). 

 

I am currently with Electric Kiwi for electricity, and have nothing but good things to say about them, however I'm wondering if it is beneficial to be with a single provider and thus earning a multi-fuel discount of some sort? I've done a wee bit of digging on this in the last couple of days, but still haven't managed to come to a conclusive answer, so keen on your thoughts!

 

Cheers


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  #2576542 30-Sep-2020 14:48
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I assume you mean reticulated gas. I looked into this a couple of years ago. We were with Genesis for power and gas and got a multi-fuel discount. I found we could get cheaper electricity from for example EK - but many of the cheapies don’t do gas and I didn’t really want an additional bill each month. 

Talked to Genesis and told them we were walking unless we could get a better deal and they came up with a package we were pretty happy with. 





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  #2576551 30-Sep-2020 15:20
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If reticulated and if in a new subdivision you may be locked into a certain provider. We were Nova and now Genesis. We have zero choice or option to change provider. Piped to your street reticulated is a termination box compared to bottles where you ring to have them changed. I am South island tho so may differ.   


 
 
 
 


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  #2576554 30-Sep-2020 15:30
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Sorry guys, yep reticulated piped gas. Auckland based, too, probably should have mentioned that in my post.

 

It doesn't appear that we are locked into a specific provider, but I will have to check that out further.


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  #2576575 30-Sep-2020 16:14
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Have you run the numbers via PowerSwitch? That provides options that include both different providers or a single provider so you can compare directly.

 

My personal preference is not to link the provision of one service to another, as it is unnecessarily limiting. It’s a great ploy by businesses, though, because even if there aren’t real savings to be had (compared to using different companies) it gives the impression of being good value (it must be as they’ve given me a discount) and reduces the burden of managing two different accounts.

 

We’ve been with Nova for gas for many years now, and I’ve found them excellent to deal with, and open to offering decent fixed term deals to existing customers. Last time I checked PowerSwitch they were still the cheapest for us. (I’m also with EK for power, and see no need to shift to a company that provides both power and gas - once payment is set up, how much hassle is it really to have them separated?!)


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  #2576581 30-Sep-2020 16:30
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I second that, check Powerswitch. We did so and found the EK and Energy Online for gas were cheapest. Great experiences with both companies.

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  #2577014 1-Oct-2020 09:28
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Thanks all. I did some digging around last night, including Power Switch, and it looks like sticking with EK and using Nova for Gas is going to be the most cost effective option. Thankfully I don't move until mid November, so I'm going to keep looking about just in case I've missed something.

 

Appreciate the input.


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