Changes to billing for Vector Network connected power customers – Time of Usage billing (Peak / Off-Peak)
Like you, I’m connected to Vector’s network.
I have a smart meter at home, and I barely read emails from my power company. – In February they sent me an email explaining that as of 1st April I would be switched to Time of Use billing, meaning that whether I wanted it or not, I now have Peak and Off-Peak power rates. – If you have a smart-meter at home, then you do too.
Apparently regardless of which power company you buy your power through, all Vector connected customers with smart meters underwent a mandatory change to their method billing on the 1st April. If you didn’t have Time of Usage billing before, they will now split your bills out to Peak and Off-Peak charges. This just so happened to coincide with when we were all told to live for most of April at home and not to go anywhere.
Peak Hours are: Monday to Friday (incl): 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm.
Off Peak Hours are: any other time of day, and all weekend long.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, if they fall on weekdays remain as a mix of Peak and Off-Peak, with the same time splits as above.
I’m sharing this because the differences between Peak and Off-Peak charges on a per unit basis can be significant. – In my case, I’m paying around 15/c per kWh used off-peak, and just under 25/c per kWh peak. A savings of ~10/c per kWh (or a saving of 40% of the Peak, per kWh usage-costs, by changing various timers or behavioural patterns may be worth exploring).
Anyway, I was surprised to find out that they’d done this, so I thought I’d share this in case you didn’t know about this either.
Cheers, Chris (Grapevine Admin).
Hey Everyone, our dogs have done their annual disappearing act from Martin Access Rd. They were headed towards Ahuroa when they were spotted last. PLEASE could you keep an eye out for them, they’re friendly so if you can lock them up and then contact us if you see them?
Andrew: 02102225763 Carey: 021558103 😔
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Does anyone have an Xbox 360 (not slim) power supply cable?
My son was given the Xbox for his birthday (today) but can’t play without a power cable!
We have to go today/tomorrow to get essentials so could do a safe pick up.