Specialised connection service a money saver for builders


Although Genesis Energy has offered a specialised service to the trade for a number of years, it was renamed “Trade Connections” in 2013, and retains its emphasis on providing a unique and dedicated service supporting the trade industry.

“Genesis Energy Trade Connections is the only trade-specific service dedicated to supporting the construction industries of New Zealand with its new electricity and gas connection needs,” according to Genesis Energy’s Stuart MacRae.
“We carried out widespread research to determine the requirements of the industry, enabling us to deliver a quality product. Trade Connections makes everything simple, easy and efficient to ensure our trade clients receive a seamless service.

“Our Trade Connections service is designed to not only save our trade customers time when arranging a new electricity or gas connection, but also money,” Mr MacRae says.
“Genesis Energy does not charge a daily line fee, and we offer trade-specific rates for electricity and gas. Over the duration of a build, the savings can be considerable.”
Genesis Energy’s specialist trade rates are 35 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity and 30 cents per kilowatt hour for natural gas. These rates are available for up to six months during the construction process, and result in very competitive monthly energy bills.

“As well as the competitive prices and the quality service, Trade Connections supports the construction industry through our associations with many of the large group building companies, including Future-Proof Buildings, Registered Master Builders, Certified Builders, and Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers,” Mr MacRae says.
“We also have a regular presence at trade events throughout the country, which gives us the opportunity to talk to people in the trade. This ensures we keep up to date with industry trends and initiatives, and allows us to pass on any topical information, assisting the customers with their new connection requirements,” Mr MacRae says.

Trade Connections is one of a range of services that Genesis Energy offers consumers to make their lives easier. Genesis Energy has almost completed its roll out of Advanced Meters. These electricity meters have wireless communications that read how much electricity is actually being used, as opposed to relying on estimates or monthly meter reads.
Genesis Energy also offers dual fuel benefits to customers that use electricity and natural gas.

New connections can be made through the Genesis Energy Trade Connections call centre, via email or fax. Alternatively, there is an online option that allows you to connect in your own time on the Genesis Energy Trade Connections web site.

The web site also offers an online calculator to assist trade customers to estimate the savings they could potentially make when using this service.
Call 0800 155 010 to get in touch with a Trade Connections specialist, or log on to www.genesisenergy.co.nz/tradeconnections to find out more.

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