Powershop is an online power company available to residents in the Lower Hutt area, including Petone, Eastbourne, Waterloo, Naenae, Stokes Valley, Maungaraki and Wainuiomata. We’ve been supplying homes and businesses with electricity in Lower Hutt since 2009.
Who has the power in Lower Hutt?
Around 177,638 individual properties are connected to the electricity network in the Wellington region.
The average consumption per residential property in Auckland is approximately 7,090 kWh* per year. This compares to 6,932 kWh* per year for the North Island as a whole and 7,953 kWh* per year in the South Island.
Where does the power come from?
New Zealand’s goal for fully renewable power generation is on track with around 85% of power coming from sources like hydro, geothermal and wind. And there’s plenty of wind power in the Capital! While the wind energy comprises part of Lower Hutt’s power supply, this is supported by generation off the national grid as well.
Who is the local lines company in Lower Hutt?
Wellington Electricity is the energy lines company in Lower Hutt. Wellington Electric also supplies power to Upper Hutt, Porirua and Wellington City. The network maintains the poles, lines and equipment used to deliver energy to the region.
Your lines company are the ones to call if there is a fault or outage at your property. The faults number for Wellington Electricity is 0800 248 148.
Do I get a dividend from my lines company in Lower Hutt?
Wellington Electricity does not pay a dividend to residents.
How much do I pay for power living in Lower Hutt?
Enter your address in our calculator . to get a quick estimate of your rates. You can also upload a recent bill to get an annual cost estimate and find out how much Powershop could save you compared to your current retailer.
How can I save money on power in Lower Hutt?
There are heaps of ways to reduce power costs for those living in Lower Hutt:
- Move heavy power usage to off peak times and make use of cheaper rates.
- Understand and carefully manage how you use appliances.
- Reduce reliance upon dryers and dehumidifiers by drying outside in fresh air.
- Actively monitor usage over the week to identify where the big usage spikes are occurring and then work out how these could be reduced down.
- If you’re with Powershop, buying our regular discounted specials
For more power saving tips check out our Saving Electricity hub.
Can I save money if I am a low user?
Yep! If you’re a low user and choose the low user pricing option when you sign up to an electricity retailer, you can save money. The low user option is only available for your main home (where you usually live). In the Lower Hutt region (and the North Island) the government defines a low user as someone who uses less than 8,000 kWh per year.
If you’re a low user, you pay a lower daily charge which is fixed at 69.00 cents (incl GST), but pay a higher variable electricity charge. At Powershop we check our customers’ accounts regularly to make sure they are on the right pricing option for their usage.
What is Get Shifty?
The technical term is Time of Use pricing, which is available to customers with smart meters in nearly all network areas – including the Wellington Electricity Network. We call it Get Shifty . With Get Shifty, you can save money when you shift your power use to off-peak times of the day. Get Shifty or ‘Time of Use’ pricing is the default in Lower Hutt and the Wellington region.
Note that while your off-peak rate is lower with Get Shifty, your peak rate is higher.
What are my peak and off-peak times for the Wellington Electricity network on Get Shifty?
Off-peak times: 11am to 5pm and 9pm to 7am weekdays, all day weekends. Peak times: 7am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm weekdays.
What are the rates for Get Shifty?
To find out your Get Shifty rates for the Wellington Electricity Network, give us a call on 0800 1000 60 between 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday. Or download our full rates for residential customers in the Lower Hutt area.
*Source: EA Retail Dashboards - Residential Consumption 2021