Peo­ple power

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Flick Elec­tric’s world-first Choice app cal­cu­lates for cus­tomers the car­bon im­pact of their elec­tric­ity on a weekly ba­sis. Many New Zealan­ders have as­sumed be­cause they are with a com­pany that gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity from re­new­ables, that they’re us­ing cleaner elec­tric­ity at their house, says Flick CEO Steve O’Con­nor. “The truth is, our na­tional power sup­ply is like a pot of veg­etable soup. You get a mix of what­ever is in the pot when you take your serv­ing. The only way to re­duce your car­bon im­pact is to know how much car­bon is be­ing cre­ated and make a de­ci­sion to use elec­tric­ity, or not, on that ba­sis.” The Choice app pro­vides live up­dates about the car­bon im­pact of New Zealand’s elec­tric­ity use, and sends alerts so con­sumers know when to switch things on and off. Flick has also part­nered with char­ity Trees That Count – do­na­tions paid by cus­tomers to off­set their emis­sions are used to plant na­tive trees, pro­vid­ing a way for cus­tomers on the grid to ex­er­cise true con­trol over their car­bon foot­print. Read more on page 51 and­tric

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