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Is being part of Power Move really worth it?


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I am very conscious of the electricity I use, long before Power Move. I use my washing machine in the morning so I can hang out the clothes early and get them dry. I’ve never had a tumble drier. I use my dish washer at night as the eco wash takes nearly three hours. I usually start making dinner after 7pm and only use the TV or radio between 4.00 and 7.00. I never leave the TV on standby but switch it off at the plug. Recently, with the better weather, I’ve been outside more at this time so not using any electricity other than fridge. Despite all this, I have never been successful in a Power Move period.

So, I ask, is this worth it?? 


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If you have always done that and haven’t change your use, you are not moving anything.   If you are so conscious of energy use, why don’t you wash your dishes by hand !

If I’d known this was the kind of “helpful” comment I would get, I wouldn’t have bothered. 

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I got email this morning and l didn’t achieve target for may. it’s hard because l work different hours. try to do washing different times like they say. but dinner not waiting because should do after nine much to late. we have  eight thirty. we are use to that time.

I'm with you on this! I always get the emails telling me I'm nearly there or that I've missed it! I don't know what else I can do?

I've had double glazing fitted, my thermostat is set at 19C, I've batch cooked to be more economical, but I have COPD & am on oxygen 24/7 so there's no way I can turn that off!

I find being told that I use 50% more electricity than a similar household very disheartening as I know I do as a similar household doesn't have an oxygen concentrator switched on all the time. I think I'd like to be removed from the Power Move scheme  - I understand it can't work for everyone, but to be told month after month that I've failed, does nothing for my morale! It's bad enough having an illness that can't be cured! 

 

 

 

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Hi

I am very conscious of the electricity I use, long before Power Move. I use my washing machine in the morning so I can hang out the clothes early and get them dry. I’ve never had a tumble drier. I use my dish washer at night as the eco wash takes nearly three hours. I usually start making dinner after 7pm and only use the TV or radio between 4.00 and 7.00. I never leave the TV on standby but switch it off at the plug. Recently, with the better weather, I’ve been outside more at this time so not using any electricity other than fridge. Despite all this, I have never been successful in a Power Move period.

So, I ask, is this worth it?? 

I’m afraid you’re confusing what power move is for.  It is NOT about reducing your consumption its about MOVING any usage from peak times.  If you already don’t use much at peak times you have NOTHING to move and will NEVER meet the targets.  We always meet the target, this month we only used 5.5% at peak times, the main reason we do is we have an EV that is responsible for the highest % of our usage and its never charged at peak times.

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Answering your original question - yes, of course. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you might occasionally get refunds without doing anything, so why not?

 

Tony

 

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Hi

I am very conscious of the electricity I use, long before Power Move. I use my washing machine in the morning so I can hang out the clothes early and get them dry. I’ve never had a tumble drier. I use my dish washer at night as the eco wash takes nearly three hours. I usually start making dinner after 7pm and only use the TV or radio between 4.00 and 7.00. I never leave the TV on standby but switch it off at the plug. Recently, with the better weather, I’ve been outside more at this time so not using any electricity other than fridge. Despite all this, I have never been successful in a Power Move period.

So, I ask, is this worth it?? 

 Power Move is one of those things where if you already am a good user, you won't get any benefits. It's for people who have bad habits, who then are ready to change. 

 

One tip I can give you though is to move things from weekend to weekdays. Power move is only during weekdays and if you use more power outside the power move hours, your % usage during power move hours will be lower. 

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I'm in the same position as you Iona. I really don't think it's worth it for me but am not sure how you leave. I am so fed up with emails telling me 'You failed' and repeating the same advice of what to do, all of which I know and are either irrelevant, I'm doing already or are impractical for me. I am a single household, use very few appliances, washing machine in economy 7 hours early morning, etc. the only change I could make to reduce peak hour consumption would be spend my evenings on my own, in silence, by candlelight! Sorry but that's not realistic, much as I care about the environment etc. How does one leave though?

NB If anyone is tempted to tell me you always meet your target and I should do x, y and z please don't bother!! I really have heard it all before.

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I usually start making dinner after 7pm and only use the TV or radio between 4.00 and 7.00.

If you are cooking on electricity then there is your answer.

The Power Move hours changed for the Spring Challenge that started with April and are no longer 4-7. Did you not notice the new hours on your emails? It was stated clearly.

The current Power Move hours are 6pm to 9pm, so if you have high eletricity use like cooking to move outside of those hours then that’s the way to hit the target.

That’s basically all that I do for Power Move, change when I cook by electricity along with avoiding using the kettle during the PM hours, and I’ve hit the maximum reward every month since I joined Power Move.

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I'm with you on this! I always get the emails telling me I'm nearly there or that I've missed it! I don't know what else I can do?

I think I'd like to be removed from the Power Move scheme  - I understand it can't work for everyone, but to be told month after month that I've failed, does nothing for my morale! It's bad enough having an illness that can't be cured! 

 

 

I understand how disheartening such emails would be in your situation.

If you do wish to leave Power Move and not receive any further emails about it then you can open any one of the emails that you get about it and scroll to the bottom where you will find a link that you can click to unsubscribe and leave Power Move, it looks like this on the email that I got this morning, just click on that underlined text to leave Power Move.
 

 

Hi

I am very conscious of the electricity I use, long before Power Move. I use my washing machine in the morning so I can hang out the clothes early and get them dry. I’ve never had a tumble drier. I use my dish washer at night as the eco wash takes nearly three hours. I usually start making dinner after 7pm and only use the TV or radio between 4.00 and 7.00. I never leave the TV on standby but switch it off at the plug. Recently, with the better weather, I’ve been outside more at this time so not using any electricity other than fridge. Despite all this, I have never been successful in a Power Move period.

So, I ask, is this worth it?? 

Initially I found the power moves a challenge and it inspired me to blitz the house and do a good clean during the power up periods but powering down during the time I normally cook tea in the evening wasn't saving me money as I was staying late at work and buying take-out so not a financial saving. I'd say, keep doing what you're doing if you're happy with your bills. If you see an opportunity to shift some of your usage, like doing a wash in the evening ready for hanging out the next day, or hoovering during a power up then go for it but don't change your life around for it. Last week, none of my power shifts got recorded because they couldn't get a meter reading at the "right times". That's annoying! 🤨

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@Saranne

You appear to be talking about Power Move Flex which is a diferent scheme to Power Move itself and works in a different way.

Power Move Flex has it’s own forum group which you can join here:
https://forum.ovoenergy.com/groups/power-move-flex-165

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Hey @Topsy & @Lady P,

 

I’m sorry that the Power Move challenge wasn’t the right opportunity for you! I can see that one of our volunteers @Nukecad has already given some advice on how to leave the challenge, but I'd like to add that you can also opt out through your online account. If your circumstances change and you’d like to give it another go, you can opt in again through your online account. 

 

You can find more information on our FAQ page here

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