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#196633 7-Jun-2016 12:35
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Anyone have any recommendations?

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  #1567046 7-Jun-2016 12:42
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Powershop





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  #1567052 7-Jun-2016 12:47
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Have you tried www.powerswitch.org.nz?


 
 
 
 


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  #1567053 7-Jun-2016 12:48
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Flick Electric. Best power company, and best power company with no contract. Also the cheapest power company.


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  #1567057 7-Jun-2016 12:52
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Any power company - it depends on your local pricing really.  Ask them for a non-contract price should be very much similar to on contract really.   If they refuse, then focus on Powershop or Flick.


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  #1567071 7-Jun-2016 13:01
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nigelj: Any power company - it depends on your local pricing really.

 

Indeed. Sometimes the difference between areas can be sustantial. Also note that Powershop and Flick are not available in all areas.


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  #1567072 7-Jun-2016 13:02
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timmmay:

 

Flick Electric. Best power company, and best power company with no contract. Also the cheapest power company.

 

 

Another one for Flick Electric. They're great!





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  #1567078 7-Jun-2016 13:12
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michaelmurfy:

 

timmmay:

 

Flick Electric. Best power company, and best power company with no contract. Also the cheapest power company.

 

 

Another one for Flick Electric. They're great!

 

 

Few months back I extracted my hour by hour usage with Powershop for a month, and asked my friend who is with Flick to give me his hourly prices for the same month.

 

Turned out that for that month I would pay about 5% more if I were with Flick. That persuaded me to stay with Powershop for now.


 
 
 
 


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  #1567093 7-Jun-2016 13:29
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zespri:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

timmmay:

 

Flick Electric. Best power company, and best power company with no contract. Also the cheapest power company.

 

 

Another one for Flick Electric. They're great!

 

 

Few months back I extracted my hour by hour usage with Powershop for a month, and asked my friend who is with Flick to give me his hourly prices for the same month.

 

Turned out that for that month I would pay about 5% more if I were with Flick. That persuaded me to stay with Powershop for now.

 

 

It depends on how you use your power. For me, it works out an average of 4c/unit + their fees etc equates to $100 per month when I was spending $340 per month with Trustpower before. Sure, there are spikes but these happen rarely and I am still saving a pretty hefty chunk of coin.





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  #1567108 7-Jun-2016 13:48
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In Dunedin I'm about to change try electric kiwi - prices seem similar (maybe cheaper??) to flick overall but they offer a flat rate (17c/KWh in Dunedin)

 

Their "hour of free power" (must be off peak) works out as a about 6% discount for me even if I don't timeshift my usage (eg move dishwasher, washing maching to run during free hour).

 

Like flick you need a smart meter.

 

Current on a very cheap fixed price with Contact Energy, but that finishes soon and they are trying to give me a 25% price rice - time to move


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  #1567110 7-Jun-2016 13:49
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zespri:

 

 

 

Few months back I extracted my hour by hour usage with Powershop for a month, and asked my friend who is with Flick to give me his hourly prices for the same month.

 

Turned out that for that month I would pay about 5% more if I were with Flick. That persuaded me to stay with Powershop for now.

 

 

Flick might not be cheapest for everyone, especially people who use a lot of peak energy. A few basics changes can change that equation - run the dishwasher and clothes drier at 2am on a timer, put hot water on a timer, and use a timer to heat your house from 4pm when power is a bit cheaper rather than during the 5:30 - 7pm peak. None of those things are particularly difficult to do.

 

 

 

michaelmurfy:

 

It depends on how you use your power. For me, it works out an average of 4c/unit + their fees etc equates to $100 per month when I was spending $340 per month with Trustpower before. Sure, there are spikes but these happen rarely and I am still saving a pretty hefty chunk of coin.

 

 

Where in the country are you? How are you achieving those gains? 4c/unit is exceptionally low, and your savings of 70% or so is so far above the norm it should probably be considered an anomaly. I'm at about 25% savings over a regular power company, I've changed a few habits but nothing major. Flick says most people save 14% if they change to Flick with no change of habits. The past few days my average price is around 12 - 13c per unit, inc GST.


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  #1567116 7-Jun-2016 13:56
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KrazyKid:

 

In Dunedin I'm about to change try electric kiwi - prices seem similar (maybe cheaper??) to flick overall but they offer a flat rate (17c/KWh in Dunedin)

 

Their "hour of free power" (must be off peak) works out as a about 6% discount for me even if I don't timeshift my usage (eg move dishwasher, washing maching to run during free hour).

 

Like flick you need a smart meter.

 

Current on a very cheap fixed price with Contact Energy, but that finishes soon and they are trying to give me a 25% price rice - time to move

 

 

I think I'm in the same boat as you (in Palmerston North, though).  Contact signed me up to a 12 month contract with nice low prices, but now that's come to an end, and their "normal" prices are much higher.  I'm trying to use Powerswitch to find a cheaper alternative, but it's not particularly easy to find specific rates (as opposed to their calculator)...


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  #1567173 7-Jun-2016 15:37
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timmmay:

 

 

 

Flick might not be cheapest for everyone, especially people who use a lot of peak energy. A few basics changes can change that equation - run the dishwasher and clothes drier at 2am on a timer, put hot water on a timer, and use a timer to heat your house from 4pm when power is a bit cheaper rather than during the 5:30 - 7pm peak.

 

 

timmmay, where do you see the peak prices across a typical day? I've done a hunt around but cant find a nice graph.


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  #1567193 7-Jun-2016 15:43
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Does this help?

 

Then add the published base flick price.

 

Maybe someone has a better breakdown, but this seems easy to understand and I assume is accurate enough as an average daily price.


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I just switched over to Pulse energy. They have decent rates for a low usage household (2 people). I would be saving about 5-10% compared to Contact. But I will give them a try for 2 months and see how it is. 


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  #1567265 7-Jun-2016 17:05
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tchart:

 

 

 

timmmay, where do you see the peak prices across a typical day? I've done a hunt around but cant find a nice graph.

 

 

Winter peak is 5:15pm or 5:30 to around 6:30pm, plus a smaller peak occasionally in the morning but time varies. Many days there's no real peak, it depends on demand (weather) and supply. 

 

Here's a few of my usage graphs. This is what is most common, 80% of the time. Note the 2am usage spike is my, which is when hot water heating is set to kick in, and dishwasher often runs around the same time.

 

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Here's an evening peak, which are maybe 10% of the time at the moment, though maybe a bit more in the deep winter. Last year this kind of peak was maybe 40% of the time in June, with bigger peaks 5% of the time, but most often pretty steady. It just means heat the house up at 4:30 not 5:30.

 

Click to see full size

 

This is a once or twice a year peak.

 

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