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Topic # 238184 5-Jul-2018 22:49
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Hi got an email today offering me 4 hours free at a time that suits me.

 

Anyone else using this? What time have you chosen?


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  Reply # 2050248 6-Jul-2018 08:19
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I normally pick a Sunday afternoon, put a roast in the oven, and load up the dryer with anything needed for Monday - school uniforms etc. If I'm really organised, wash some bedding in the morning and tumble-dry it so its all fresh and fluffy for bedtime.


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  Reply # 2050251 6-Jul-2018 08:23
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is this per week?


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  Reply # 2050254 6-Jul-2018 08:31
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tdgeek:

 

is this per week?

 

 

nah, one-off. Any day in July - one of the below periods.

 

6am - 10am
10am - 2pm
2pm - 6pm
6pm - 10pm

 

 

 

I picked 6pm-10pm next friday


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  Reply # 2050255 6-Jul-2018 08:39
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mailmarshall:

 

Hi got an email today offering me 4 hours free at a time that suits me.

 

Anyone else using this? What time have you chosen?

 

 

Had a free day from Mercury last month.

 

 


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  Reply # 2050273 6-Jul-2018 09:13
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Had two a month or so ago and just got another last week. Yes, credit appeared on account fine.  I did a pyrolitic clean of the oven with one of mine plus dryer etc. Think its to measure how much people will use and long-term to compete with Electric Kiwi's free hour of power.


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  Reply # 2050280 6-Jul-2018 09:17
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I get a free hour every day. Guess which provider I'm with?!

 

And that accounts for between 25 and 40% of our usage, so I think I'm getting my money's worth (ducted heat pump, electric heater, electric car, washing machine, dishwasher, sometimes a drier...)


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  Reply # 2050297 6-Jul-2018 09:29
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jonathan18:

 

I get a free hour every day. Guess which provider I'm with?!

 

And that accounts for between 25 and 40% of our usage, so I think I'm getting my money's worth (ducted heat pump, electric heater, electric car, washing machine, dishwasher, sometimes a drier...)

 

 

Or, you could just tell us instead of playing games?


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  Reply # 2050299 6-Jul-2018 09:32
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kryptonjohn:

 

jonathan18:

 

I get a free hour every day. Guess which provider I'm with?!

 

And that accounts for between 25 and 40% of our usage, so I think I'm getting my money's worth (ducted heat pump, electric heater, electric car, washing machine, dishwasher, sometimes a drier...)

 

 

Or, you could just tell us instead of playing games?

 

 

Electric Kiwi

 

Rates are a little lower, circa 6%, and there is no discount, so the hour of free power per day is the pseudo discount. Evening starts at 9pm, so we run dishwasher and washing machine then (we don't do this daily) and maybe crank up heatpump for the hour then turn it off to get some savings post 10pm


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  Reply # 2050303 6-Jul-2018 09:41
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Or, you could just tell us instead of playing games?

 

 

Sorry, I thought it was obvious given the mention of an hour per day. More just making the point that other providers are jumping on the same bandwagon.

 

I'm totally aware I could be paying lower rates (both unit daily charges) with a different company to EK, but in my case I've not found any situation where these would mean my bill would be lower overall. Totally a matter of horses for courses, but in situations like ours when we have a couple of things that use a lot of power (all-of-house heating plus an electric car) makes it work for us (in the case of the car, because of low distances it's only charged outside the free hour for about another two hours per week).  Nos. below shows the % of power that wasn't charged for over the past 2-3 months (week ending...).

 

8-Apr 35%

 

15-Apr 38%

 

22-Apr 36%

 

29-Apr 41%

 

6-May 35%

 

13-May 43%

 

20-May 33%

 

27-May 36%

 

3-Jun 35%

 

10-Jun 39%

 

17-Jun 34%


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  Reply # 2050320 6-Jul-2018 09:54
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jonathan18:

 

Sorry, I thought it was obvious given the mention of an hour per day.

 

 

Heh, never assume anything is obvious when dealing with me! :-)

 

 




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  Reply # 2050870 6-Jul-2018 22:41
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Thanks guys. I saw that comment on the pryo oven clean thing - awesome. Will do the same!!


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  Reply # 2050876 6-Jul-2018 22:51
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I have used it. But I would prefer they just reduced the rate. IMO it leads to people just wasting power. I know someone who just turned on every light, heater, dryer etc for 4 hours


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  Reply # 2050882 6-Jul-2018 23:22
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mattwnz:

I have used it. But I would prefer they just reduced the rate. IMO it leads to people just wasting power. I know someone who just turned on every light, heater, dryer etc for 4 hours



This is a big reason why I'm not an Electric Kiwi Customer. As I just know that I would end up wasting most of that free power. Especially during summer. So a cheaper unit rate (without any free power). Still gives me the same overall cost. But a big incentive to not waste the power.

I reckon such free power offers will lead to more house fires. As there are houses out there with undersized cables. Due to things like cables getting covered with insulation, meaning they heat up a lot more. (Insulation installers who only get paid on a commission basis are unlikely to say that the wiring needs upgrading due to their insulation making the existing wiring unsafe or non compliant).

Diversity factors also go out the window when there is an incentive to see how many things you can switch on at the same time. And any dodgy joins that might have survived for years. Will become a problem when the wiring starts to be pushed to the limit and beyond.





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  Reply # 2050886 6-Jul-2018 23:46

I used mine on Monday night, it's the third one I've had this year.   I think they've done a good job on the EnergyIQ app. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2051304 8-Jul-2018 10:12
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We used our 4 hours on Friday 10am - 2pm …. 3 loads of washing, drying, dish washer load, heaters throughout house, showers, bread making, casserole in oven then oven clean, vacuuming, … will be interesting to see just what the 'rebate' amounts to undecided


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