Tonelle and Trent Anderson live in Dunedin with their 3-year-old daughter Kenzie. They’ve been with Flick since August 2016, and in that time have saved $252.66 in comparison to what they would have paid with their former electricity provider (a solid 17% saving for you maths-minded folk). That’s despite encountering this year’s Dry Winter! Needless to say, they’re loving #FlickLife.
Both Tonelle and Trent work full-time and are avid tech users – so much so they’ve even created an app of their own. Pinpoint is a very cool personal location system that users wear around their wrist on trips into the bush or mountains (check it out on their PledgeMe page). As tech savvy parents, it of course makes sense that Tonelle and Trent are big fans of Flick’s CHOICE app, which lets Flicksters know the real-time spot price of their electricity. Tonelle says, ‘The app is easy to use, transparent and clear. It shows us any current price alerts so we can make decisions about how and when we use our power. If the spot price is looking good, we’ll make a decision to turn on the heat pumps and not use the gas fire, for example.”
Yup, these are some seriously #CleverFlickers!
Because they both work during the day, Trent and Tonelle have their appliances on timers to make sure they use a good portion of their power at off-peak times, like during the night, when it’s cheaper. They’ve got load shifting down to a fine art: heaters on timers, running their dryer in the small hours, turning the dishwasher on just before they go to bed and keeping the heat pumps going overnight. Take a look at the chart below to get an idea of how different times of the day can affect power prices.
And since joining Flick, the Andersons are more aware of the environmental impact of their electricity use. A big part of that is down to the CHOICE app, which in addition to keeping Flicksters up to speed with the spot price, also allows users to see the current carbon emission levels in our air generated by the electricity industry, from the type of generation we’re using (clean or dirty!). Tonelle says, “We’re now far more conscious about the electricity we consume – it’s been a real eye-opener and educational tool for us, as we weren’t aware of the impact electricity usage has on the New Zealand environment!”.
But their #CleverFlicker status doesn’t stop there. The Anderson’s also use their Flick dashboard – which tracks usage and shows them what they’ve spent each day – to help them with their budgeting. Tonelle says, “It helps by allowing us to keep track of our weekly spend. And we can also keep track of our savings too.” (‘Cos who doesn’t love watching their savings mount up?!).
Being smarter with your power is too easy with Flick. It’s what we’re all about, after all! Simple tricks like using your CHOICE app to see when the spot price of electricity is low, and load-shifting to those times, can be the difference between saving a little and saving a lot. Our access to the wholesale price of electricity means that you can still do the things you need to do without the premium price tag of set rates. You gotta love that!
For more tip-top tips on how to be smarter with your power and make big savings with Flick, check out our ‘Be the boss of your bills’ blog.