If your power bills climb from week to week as we head into the cooler months, you might be tempted to point finger squarely at spot prices. It’s true that an increase in demand for electricity contributes to a higher spot price, but treacherous weather also brings with it a steady rate of supply in the form of hydro and wind, which in turn lowers the spot price.

It’s really important to understand that our usage patterns play a major part in our higher winter bills. Over the colder months, when we’re using more electricity to light and heat our homes, we should expect our bills to increase, regardless of which power company we’re with. So to put all this consumption vs pricing talk into perspective, you’ve got a handy little tool at your fingertips. Login to your Flick account online, and meet the Analyse tab!

Monthly view

In the top right corner of your usage chart on the Analyse tab, the dropdown list allows you to select a month, week or day view of your consumption data.

The below comparisons, from the same household in different months of the year, show how much seasons, weather and lifestyle can influence power consumption. Check out February – a warm month, with lots of light, the kids are back at school and we’re mostly out of the house and in the sunshine. This household used a total of 477.51 units of power during February. Compare this to the month of June below, and you’ll see a very different picture. We spend more time indoors in the colder months, and require more electricity to keep cosy and comfortable. Consumption for this household over June was 1556.25 units.

Flick Electric Analyse tab Feb view

Flick Electric Analyse tab June view

Weekly view

Even from week to week, our consumption habits might change. The below charts compare two weeks in July. The first chart reflects a typical winter week in this household (3-9 July 2017), with a total of 393.17 units of power used. The second reflects a week of school holidays, in which a storm swept the country (10-16 July 2017). Not only was the family home during the day, but they were also using more electricity to stay warm and comfortable as the storm raged outside their window. A total of 545.6 units of electricity were used that week.

Flick Electric Analyse tab week view

Flick Electric Analyse tab week view

Daily view

The day view of your Analyse tab can give you heaps of clues about when you’re spending the most on power, and how you can change your consumption habits to save more.

Using the above two weeks, one being a typical winter week and the other being the stormy week that coincided with school holidays, we’ve captured a Wednesday view of each to compare how usage has changed. Over the first Wednesday, consumption during the middle hours of the day was low, while the household was out of the house. We can make assumptions about when the household woke up, left the house, then came home again at the end of the day. Compare this to Wednesday of the week following, and we can see that the household was using more power when they were home during the stormy day, and we can specifically see that they were using power when the spot price was high.

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    By regularly checking your Analyse tab as the seasons and your lifestyle change, you’ll start to recognise consumption patterns for your household, and how you might be able to change up a few things to save more on your power bill. You might see that you’re using a whole bunch of power during the dinnertime peak, when the spot price of power typically increases in response to demand. By changing the time you switch on the dishwasher from straight after dinner to 9 or 10pm before you go to bed for example (when the spot price has dropped), you could save on your power bill every day.

We reckon knowledge is power, so take a little look at your Analyse tab, compare usage between seasons and weeks, and see what you can shift around to make the most of #FlickLife every day. #CleverFlicker!

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