Martin Kovacs

Martin Kovacs Martin Kovacs is a freelance journalist with a background in the IT and petroleum industries. Having started out reporting on petroleum, Martin branched out into IT, and over the past few years has been a regular freelance contributor to a number of publications. Martin continues to write for both industries.

Electricity Plan Discounts Explained

Posted by January 18th 2019

Many NZ electricity retailers are offering conditional discounts. What are these discounts and what should consumers be aware of?

Fibre rollout: What is Ultra-Fast Broadband Unbundling?

Posted by September 7th 2018

Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) “unbundling” has been in the news of late – and, as rollout of the fibre network continues around New Zealand, consumers may be wondering what this will ultimately mean when it comes …

Smart Meters Guide: How you can benefit

Posted by August 30th 2018

The number of New Zealand households with electricity smart meters has risen steadily over the past few years, paving the way for an evolving suite of retailer digital services and new types of tariffs, and …

Prepaid Power Explained

Posted by August 30th 2018

There is nothing worse than the shock of an unexpectedly large power bill. In fact, more than a third of Canstar Blue survey respondents (36%) said they worry about their power bills. Prepaid power is …

How solar owners can make smart electricity decisions

Posted by November 12th 2018

Solar system installations have been on the rise in recent years as more and more New Zealanders seek to tap into the power of the sun. Beyond installation, however, it is important to proactively manage …

How to limit heating electricity costs this winter

Posted by August 23rd 2018

Winter not only brings with it the cold weather, but also the potential for heating electricity costs to skyrocket. There are, however, ways to limit electricity spend as the cold sets in, from ensuring your …

Peak Electricity Demand Explained

Posted by September 13th 2018

Energy efficiency should, of course, be a priority for households seeking to drive down their electricity costs, and using energy efficient products, along with paying particular attention to patterns of usage, will assist in reducing …

Electricity Generation: Where does your power come from?

Posted by November 12th 2018

From generation to transmission to distribution and retail, the New Zealand electricity sector can be broadly broken down into four interconnected categories, all of which combine to keep power supply flowing to households and businesses …

Electricity Plans For Renters

Posted by November 12th 2018

Signing up for a fixed-term electricity contract might not be an option for renters, but there are a range of choices available that provide for flexibility.

The 5G Mobile Future: What can we expect?

Posted by August 23rd 2018

Firmly entrenched in the age of the smartphone, and amid the continued evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), the fast-approaching rollout of 5G wireless networks is poised to usher in the next phase of …