- #1612339stillragingMemberMember since: August 26, 2010
Replies: 156stillraging April 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm
I have been reading a lot about Greypower electricity, is it any cheaper?#1612421aggieMemberMember since: July 30, 2006
Replies: 4975aggie April 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm
I don’t know anything about grey power electricity SR but keep meaning to delve into Flick, have heard the savings are well worth while#1612422kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9276kai April 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Welcome back Aggie haven’t seen you on here in a while Gr8 to catch up Hope alls well with you all at home??
Cheers From Kai#1675412doug139124MemberMember since: March 19, 2018
Replies: 53doug139124 April 9, 2018 at 10:20 am
I have just been through the exercise. Yes it is cheaper than Trust power by $6.00 per month for us. But then I would have to join Grey Power which would then make my monthly saving $3.00 and change. For me $3.00 is not worth the bother. I makes more sense to change providers for the account credit to do so. My last one was for $300.00 for a minimum of 12 months. I’m currently awaiting a smart meter as it will not cost me anything but the running cost of $25.00 per year. I have always argued that I will keep my old slow meter until they reimburse me for the lack of wages to come and read my new meter and or cover the running cost of the new meter. I had Contact agree the cost of running the meter was $25.00 per year that you get stuck with. I’m now allowing MY meter to be changed before the companies start charging for the change. You do own your meter, they do not. I have been threaten with disconnection and other hastes, but the fact is power can not be withheld in this country by law. I used to work for a power company in charge of metering and we worked around this by disconnecting and then waiting for the complaint, then go and reconnect the power. This made accounts get paid pronto. I don’t think that there are big savings to be made for power other than not using it. If $3.00 makes a difference to you then go for it. I have a friend that the $3.00 means a great deal to him in on the state pension only.#1675413don021MemberMember since: May 15, 2012
Replies: 1694don021 April 9, 2018 at 10:40 am
Thank you Doug for confirming what I always thought, change is not worth the bother. I have my three services provided by Trust Power, electricity, gas, ISP so all accounts come with the one bill. Convenient, and with good pay on time discount.#1675419joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33299joybel April 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm
When switching companies when amenities are concerned I just stick with the one I have been with forever. The old saying, “What you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts’ , Is a fact. Nothing stays the same price in N.Z. which iIsometimes suspect is owned by the Mafia, so I just re-arrange my life according to my earnings.#1675444doug139124MemberMember since: March 19, 2018
Replies: 53doug139124 April 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm
I used to think the same and stuck with our original provider until pestered by the door knockers. I charged them to go away and come back with all the proof they could gather on a day that suited me. They did and I saved a small amount on the change with $300.00 credit for the change. My original provider phoned to offer $200.00 to stay with them. As you might imagine I had a few choice words for them along the lines of how many years I had been loyal to them without any thanks or reward. They needed to come up with $400.00 credit to buy back my loyalty, $200.00 wasn’t enough to stay.We never did changed back.
The usual BS is to lock in the price for one year, but then they stick you with a higher rate unless you complain strongly or point out you are thinking of changing away. They will only offer when they want new customers, so when they have got your business, you get nothing for your loyalty. Now I regularly look for the biggest incentive that suits us and use that as a bargaining weapon. I have always had time for a good tussle with the utility companies, but I make sure there is a backup plan in place in case I’m not successful. I tend to become bloody minded when I feel I have been taken advantage of. I always took care of my customers first, not the money. Sadly that is not the trend these days with corporate and others. I used to do a lot of house calls and would get incensed when I found the elderly being taken advantage of. Now I fall into the category I’m more pedantic with money and contracts. I see Contact is offering 30 cents a liter off once a month for petrol and 20% for prompt payment. That spiked my interest, for us that is $15.00 savings a month for petrol and 5% more for prompt payment than we get now. Interesting as we were with Contact originally years ago!
Cheers.#1687646t0nyc0MemberMember since: April 14, 2015
Replies: 46t0nyc0 July 18, 2018 at 5:36 pm
and you have to be careful about penalties for not giving the 30 days notice. The biggest saving is making sure you are regarded as a “low user” (less than 600 units per month) http://thatpowerguy.nz/low-user-plan-vs-standard-user/#1687679TedEMemberMember since: May 6, 2006
Replies: 2222TedE July 18, 2018 at 9:08 pm
Thank you for your thoughts Doug(numbers), quite a lot of interesting ideas for me to use in the future. Hope that I can remember them! But very worthwhile you sharing them with us. thank you’
TedE - Papakura -
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