Better budgeting: Methods for managing electricity payments

September 12, 2019

For households seeking to drive down electricity costs and stick to a budget there are a number of ways to keep track of usage over the course of a billing period, along with options to help manage payments, which can help to avoid bill shock. Bill shock is a term commonly used across a number […]

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How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup

September 6, 2019

Advertisement With the 2019 Rugby World Cup starting in just a matter of weeks, and the uncertainty around Spark Sports streaming platforms, Canstar Blue has compiled a comprehensive guide to help ensure you don’t face technical difficulties come game day. In April 2018, it was announced Spark had bought the rights to air the 2019 […]

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Battery Benefits: The future role of residential storage

September 2, 2019

Residential battery storage technologies have been developing at pace in recent years, and are poised to play a greater role at both a household level and in the functioning of the wider electricity network, as new technologies continue to be released to market. For consumers this means more opportunities are emerging to adopt these technologies, […]

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Premium Smartphones Compared: What to look for?

August 29, 2019

There’s no shortage of options at the premium end of the smartphone market, with a number of manufacturers – including Samsung, Apple and Huawei – releasing new and improved devices over the course of each year, replete with an ever-increasing array of features. Of course, premium smartphones also come with a premium-size price-tag attached, and […]

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A household guide to energy efficiency and renewable tech

August 19, 2019

As new and improved energy efficient and renewable technologies are released to market, consumers may be well served by assessing not only the standalone merits of these respective technologies, but also how they can collectively be employed to deliver households value. From solar panels to battery storage and electric vehicles, the adoption of many of […]

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How to cut electricity costs and help meet renewable goals

August 19, 2019

Energy efficient technologies could play a pivotal role in New Zealand’s ongoing transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity generation, with the widespread uptake of these technologies having the potential to help meet renewable goals. Recent Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) modelling has found the most optimal and cost-effective highly renewable electricity system is […]

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How to make a complaint about your electricity provider

August 5, 2019

Consumers who want to make a complaint about the service provided by their electricity provider have a number of options at their disposal in seeking a resolution, with it important to have a clear understanding of what the process involves. If a consumer decides to make a formal complaint, they should familiarise themselves with the […]

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Electric Vehicles: A consumer’s guide to going electric

July 29, 2019

Electric vehicles are set to become an increasingly common feature on New Zealand roads in the coming years, as car manufacturers step up their efforts to bring new models to market, and as new initiatives are introduced to promote uptake among consumers. The local electric vehicle market is in its early stages, however the potential […]

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How smart power choices can cut costs in the winter months

July 22, 2019

Making smart power choices during the winter months can not only help keep households warm, but also lead to potentially significant savings, and for consumers seeking to stick to a budget it is best to plan and prepare ahead of time. Many households feel the strain when the cold weather hits, as an increasing portion […]

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The 100% Renewable Goal: What does it mean for you?

July 15, 2019

The government’s goal of transitioning to 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035 has brought the make-up of the electricity system into sharp focus, and consumers may well be wondering what it means for households. As it stands, the New Zealand electricity sector is poised for significant change in the coming years, as fossil […]

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