Power sav­ings are just a click away

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

It seems like ev­ery year the power bill in­creases. But do you know you could save money on your power bill just by switch­ing power com­pa­nies?

Re­search done by the Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity us­ing 2012 data es­ti­mated that 50 per cent of New Zealand house­holds paid more than the av­er­age power price that was avail­able to them. If all el­i­gi­ble house­holds had switched to the cheap­est elec­tric­ity provider in their re­gion that year, they could have saved an av­er­age of $175 each or $295 mil­lion in to­tal.

To find out how much you could save, sim­ply go to the web­site www. whatsmynum­ber.org.nz and use their sim­ple cal­cu­la­tor to find out what your es­ti­mated sav­ings could be.

If you want a more ac­cu­rate idea of your pos­si­ble sav­ings, What’s My Num­ber then clicks you through to Con­sumer NZ’s site www. pow­er­switch.org.nz. It also shows you the cost of us­ing power from all en­ergy re­tail­ers in your area, and makes switch­ing re­tail­ers easy to do.

By us­ing Pow­er­switch, you can switch and start sav­ing right away. Of course, you may dis­cover that you’re al­ready on the best avail­able plan for your house­hold – but at least you’ll know you’re get­ting the best deal at the mo­ment.

What’s My Num­ber is an ini­tia­tive of the Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity, work­ing to­gether with Con­sumer Af­fairs and Con­sumer NZ to help New Zealan­ders make more in­formed choices about their elec­tric­ity sup­pli­ers.

Pow­er­switch is pro­vided by Con­sumer NZ with sup­port from Con­sumer Af­fairs. Set a sav­ings tar­get The team at Con­sumer NZ has de­vel­oped a great lit­tle fea­ture to make it even eas­ier. You can go onto the Pow­er­switch web­site right now and set up a sav­ings tar­get. This is the amount of sav­ings for which you’d be happy to make a switch.

Sim­ply run through the Pow­er­switch ques­tion­naire with a re­cent power bill and set up a Pow­er­switch alert. Pow­er­switch will keep track of prices and email you when there are sav­ings to be had.

You can then switch to the cheaper power provider if you want, and then set up an­other sav­ings tar­get and let Pow­er­switch get back to work, track­ing prices for you again.

It all starts at the What’s My Num­ber web­site www.whatsmy num­ber.org.nz.

So get on­line now, es­ti­mate your sav­ings and see if you can join the thou­sands of other Ki­wis who have made the switch to cheaper power.

For in­for­ma­tion about con­sumer is­sues, visit www.con­sumer­af­fairs. govt.nz.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.