Previously I have written about the importance of knowing your electricity pricing plan in the context of being a Low User or Standard User residence.
Getting the plan right can save you money. Getting it wrong can cost you. It’s as simple as that.
Here’s how to find your pricing plan without going through your power retailer.
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If you have just moved into a new property, you are likely interested to find what power company you are with. Or more accurately, who the previous occupants were with. It’s quick simple to find out who supplies power to your address if you know where to look.
You’ll need to quickly look up the Electricity Register to find your details.
Continue reading “How Do I Find My Power Retailer?”
Is Power Cheaper at Night? This is also a super-important question, especially if you have an electric vehicle or energy-thirsty appliances.
Luckily the answer is Yes. You can use Offpeak or Night Rate electricity to in many cases significantly lower your energy cost.is a great way to save potentially a lot of money.
We show you how to check if it is a good fit for your home or business.
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Looking for a power retailer accepting bad credit? Or to sign up without the hassle of an invasive credit check?
Only a couple of years ago you would have been limited to the big players. Thankfully this is no longer the case.
The large retailer offerings are fairer, and there is a growing number of smaller, more nimble and often cheaper prepay companies to choose from. The market is increasingly focusing on better serving, rather than penalising, prepay customers.
Continue reading “5 Flexible Prepay Power Options without Credit Checks”
After testing our fridge last week. Now I am interested in dishwasher energy consumption.
- How much power does a standard family dishwasher use?
- How much does each load cost?
- Should I be using the Eco mode? Well, it depends…
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Over Christmas, I knocked together a couple of power monitors. The first check I wanted to make was our fridge energy consumption.
I hooked the power monitor up to our Fisher & Paykel family fridge/freezer, being one of the busier appliances in the house.
So how much do you think it costs to run a household fridge?
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For residential power users, being on the right plan – Low User or Standard User – is just as important as selecting your power retailer.
If you’re on the wrong plan you could be paying too much (as much as 100% too much) for your power.
Read on to see how to get it right.
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In the past, I have used off the shelf power monitors for checking appliance power consumption at home and for my friends and family. Typically this is an old fridge, freezer, dryer etc.
However, I keep breaking them (yes… it might be me!).
Feeling like I am constantly throwing money away, I set out to build a reliable power monitor for less than $50.
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About four years ago, we purchased our family home in Napier to house our growing family.
Our home is a 1912 villa, renovated and extended from its original two bedrooms to a more spacious three bedrooms around 2005.
All in all, the house is modern, well insulated and should have been pretty energy efficient. However, our first power bill was out-of-this-world expensive.
Let’s find out why it was so expensive and how I solved the problem.
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