Hey Canterbury Flicksters, if the higher spot prices of late have got you feeling a bit antsy, we hear ya.

When you watch your bill week-to-week, enjoying the low spot prices and noticing, gleefully, your savings mounting up, it’s easy to feel a little perturbed when prices occasionally head northward. So to lay it all out there, here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

The Orion Network’s Peak charge

Every year from 1 May to 31 August your lines company, the Orion Network, increases its charges through the peak demand times of 7am – 10am, and 5pm – 7pm. They do this to encourage households to change the times they use electricity, and subsequently reduce peak demand on local lines during the cold winter months. If you’ve recently noticed an increase in your weekly bills, it’s likely this is the reason why.

So how can you keep your bills low? Keep an eye on your clock! Make sure you’re using things like your washing machine, dryer and dishwasher during off-peak hours when prices are much lower (and if you’re not home during those times, invest in a timer – it’s worth it!). As an added bonus, winter power prices tend to be much lower than they are during the warmer months, which means using electricity in off peak times can really pay off in winter – check out our blog on winter power prices for more. Not only is load-shifting your electricity usage kinder on your wallet, it’s kinder on our infrastructure too. Win-win!

Slow and steady wins the race

As a #CleverFlicker, we know you’re in it for long term gain. Each and every year will encounter its fair share of highs and lows, but overall the benefits of being a Flickster are huge – and we’ve got the data to prove it! In the year ending April 2017 (which, it’s worth noting, includes the months of winter 2016), our Christchurch customers saved an average $794 – that’s the highest Flick average savings figure across all regions in NZ!

We know it’s tough to find the silver lining when it feels like you’re throwing dollars away (even though you’re not!), but it’s crucial to remember that a little uncertainty every now and then is a small price to pay for some serious savings long term. And that’s just what you can get when you’re accessing the wholesale price of electricity, with NZ’s Fairest Power Deal. So sit tight! Winter’s not as long as it may sometimes feel.

 

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