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  Reply # 2051318 8-Jul-2018 10:22
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kryptonjohn:

 

 

 

 

 

Had a free day from Mercury last month.

 

 

 

 

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We had that last month, better than nothing got a heap of washing and kept the dryer going. 





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  Reply # 2051338 8-Jul-2018 10:38
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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<

 

Yeah, we thought about that too, but figured that at this time of the year the hydro-lakes would be full and probably spilling-over (always bad press) … so the power companies would be getting very good rates for dispersing some of that, as well as satisfying customers and preventing defection to another supplier.


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  Reply # 2051340 8-Jul-2018 10:41
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How much is this actually worth though?  Or is it just a 'feel good' promotion?  4 hours normal electricity use for us is lucky to be $5 - $6.  Hardly worth getting excited about is it?  

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2051342 8-Jul-2018 10:44
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Interesting side-bar … Marlborough Lines has just bought Peter Yealands Wines outright …. maybe they have a power generation plant that runs on grapes? tongue-out


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  Reply # 2051344 8-Jul-2018 10:46
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Bobdn:

I think they've done a good job on the EnergyIQ app. 


 



Must disagree on that. The old app was better for me. We have two houses both on the same section and account with electricity and LPG. With the old app I could swap between the individual properties but with the new app I cannot.

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  Reply # 2051393 8-Jul-2018 12:14
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I doubt I would notice 4 hours difference in the bill in a month!






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  Reply # 2051401 8-Jul-2018 12:19
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I had a similar offer from Mercury last month but it was for a whole day.

Got up in the morning and had the heat pump running all day. Wife was complaining it was getting too hot so I told her to take some clothes off. Dryer was running right up until midnight.

Used $30 in power that day.

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  Reply # 2051403 8-Jul-2018 12:28
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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<

 

Yeah, we thought about that too, but figured that at this time of the year the hydro-lakes would be full and probably spilling-over (always bad press) … so the power companies would be getting very good rates for dispersing some of that, as well as satisfying customers and preventing defection to another supplier.

 

 

I wouldn't assume that. According to the Flick app, at midday on a rainy & windy Sunday, 10% of NZ's electricity is coming from gas. Hydro is running at about 2/3rds of max generation and wind around 3/4's of max generation.


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  Reply # 2051405 8-Jul-2018 12:35
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THIS is interesting, particularly the current hydro situation (Transpower site and data).


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  Reply # 2051430 8-Jul-2018 13:04
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Rickles:


     >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<


Yeah, we thought about that too, but figured that at this time of the year the hydro-lakes would be full and probably spilling-over (always bad press) … so the power companies would be getting very good rates for dispersing some of that, as well as satisfying customers and preventing defection to another supplier.



I wouldn't assume that. According to the Flick app, at midday on a rainy & windy Sunday, 10% of NZ's electricity is coming from gas. Hydro is running at about 2/3rds of max generation and wind around 3/4's of max generation.



I've often wondered why it is that when I drive past a wind turbine installation, it is very rare that 100% of the turbines are actually functioning.

Of course some could be broken, but it always seems to be too many for that to be the explanation.





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  Reply # 2061145 23-Jul-2018 18:10
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I'm aiming to draw over 20kw/hr peak (12kw/hr continuous) on my Power Shout tomorrow (6pm to 10pm). The preferred store of power I use is the concrete slab heating.

Better use it before I lose it - July will end soon.


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  Reply # 2061148 23-Jul-2018 18:24
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Nothing is ever free. We are paying way to much for our energy in this country. Sooner see a reduction in tariffs rather than seeing people get so excited with a free $2 of power!!!


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  Reply # 2061149 23-Jul-2018 18:25
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I hope this doesn't become the norm. The student area in Dunedin has been having power cuts which the lines company has blamed on the hour of free power.




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  Reply # 2061152 23-Jul-2018 18:34
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Just got my bill and the Power Shout discount was $10.20  surprised


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  Reply # 2061155 23-Jul-2018 18:39
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Pumpedd:

 

Nothing is ever free. We are paying way to much for our energy in this country. Sooner see a reduction in tariffs rather than seeing people get so excited with a free $2 of power!!!

 

 

I see the free power use from a different perspective. It's a great way for the lines and electricity providers to "Stress test" and it's not like everyone has their power use of free power hours at the same time.

IMO, I find NZ has far too many power retailers for the population of the country. Too many that leads to inefficiencies so users are only dreaming that power prices will be cheaper. I mean you can choose as many different power retailers in NZ as petro stations for your car.

 

Electric Kiwi isn't cheaper because they don't do a discount so you try to cramp most of your electricity use at 1 hour in the 'off peak' period. I'm not sure how this suits the typical family as meals are cooked at specific times of the day.


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