Electricity: Smaller, smarter newcomer Electric Kiwi guarantees to save you $200 per year


How would you like an extra $200 for the family budget? By switching your power to the smaller, smarter power company Electric Kiwi, that’s exactly what we’ll guarantee you in savings over your previous retailer. Even better, a lot of our customers save even more than that!

First, let me tell you a bit about Electric Kiwi. We’re one of New Zealand’s newest electricity retailers, founded on a simple premise of getting you the power you need, at a price you’ll like. We’ve also made sure that dealing with us and understanding your savings is really simple.

We know that most electricity consumers aren’t all that thrilled with their provider – because prices just seem to go one way, while you might feel like nothing more than a number. It’s exactly for this reason that we started Electric Kiwi: by using clever technology, we keep our costs low while delivering a great customer experience.

Part of that clever technology is our internet-powered systems, which cost much less and are much faster than ‘old’ business systems. Another crucial part is the ‘smart meter’ which is probably installed in your home (70 per cent of Kiwi households have one of these).

What makes it smart? Unlike the meters of old, these ones automatically gather and communicate consumption information; no need for a meter reader knocking on your door. Electric Kiwi grabs that information and uses it to buy wholesale power smarter – and deliver simple, low cost power to you every day. Same reliable electricity – for less money.

There’s one more unique feature that we deliver at Electric Kiwi. Every day, you get one hour of free electricity in off-peak times. Again, we can do this thanks to your smart meter and our smart systems. You choose the time every day that you want your Hour of Power, then be sure to run the dishwasher, do the laundry and get hubby to vacuum the house (and complete those DIY projects!) Use all the electricity you like in that hour, for free.

The prospect of switching from one provider probably seems like a real hassle, on top of the million other chores and demands of the day. We know how busy you are – so we’ve put a major focus into making a switch as easy as possible.

You can do it all online and it should take no longer than two minutes: just fill in your details and we’ll take care of the rest.

Learn more about us below or head to to find out more!

This post was sponsored by Electric Kiwi. 

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swimming safely

Many parents believe drowning could never happen to their child, but the stories from this summer show that all of our children are at risk.

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board games

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There are many opinions surrounding homework but whichever way you look at it, there are clear benefits for children who have developed a home study routine before they enter high school. Continue reading »

Happiness = coping + adapting + getting the best out of life

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I am happy when my children are happy.

Sounds pretty simple right? Well, I would be fooling both myself and you to say this state of utopia is achieved easily and constantly in my life. Continue reading »

Happiness for a parent of a child with special needs

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As a parent, happiness tends to be measured by your child/ren’s happiness. All we want is for our kids to be happy and heathy, which makes us happy as their parent. When you have a child that struggles with everyday life more, a child with special or extra needs, happiness is measured differently. Small successes, progress, a good day, a calm day, a heathy day, all plays a part in our happiness. Continue reading »

Nut granola

Nut granola

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day. But it is one so many of us have so little time for and allow so little time to get it right. Get it right and it sets you up for a great start to the day. Continue reading »

When a baby is not ready for this world [miscarriage]


Dear Mummy and Daddy,

The day you saw that pregnancy test, was a day never to forget. I know you were scared and nervous. So nervous you took a second test just to be sure. But you were excited too. To say over-the-moon is an understatement. I know your hearts began to race as you pictured the new direction your life was heading. You saw a family of three in nine months’ time. You wondered if you would be good parents. Don’t worry Mummy and Daddy, you are. Continue reading »

Negotiating teen birthday parties

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We have thrown some cracker birthday parties over my teen’s 15 year existence and hosting them is a lot of fun albeit kinda chaotic and exhausting! Continue reading »

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