Select the links from the home page tiles, or from the menu.
The menu will be across the top of the page or down the right hand side, depending on what device you are using.
Hit the Contact logo or the "My Account" header to return home.
You can access My Account for all your personal and small business electricity and natural gas accounts, apart from your Contact Rockgas LPG account and any PrePower accounts.
My Account isn't available to Commercial & Industrial customers on a Time of Use meter.
You can find your usage information by selecting "Usage" and then "View Usage".
The "Usage History" graph provides you with a monthly view of your usage (including your average daily spend).
If you've been with us a while, then you'll also be able to view your monthly usage compared to the previous year.
If you're on a smart meter, you may be able to drill down to daily and hourly information by using the "Current Usage" graph.
Just click on a month (bar) which will take you to the daily view, then select a day to view your hourly data.
Log into My Account and select "Billing and Payments" then "View Bills".
Just change the button so it's "On". As long as your bill hasn't already been issued, we'll arrange for it to be changed to email billing for your next one.
*From 1 October 2017, there will be a $1.10 (incl GST) fee charged for each paper bill sent to you in the post.
You can find up to 24 months of bills by selecting "Billing and Payments" and then "View Bills".
Your next meter reading date shows on the top right on the first page of your bill. Alternatively, go to "My Account", view "Account Summary" and then select "My Account Details".
Please note the read date is always approximate, it will usually be the date we give or 1-2 either side.
You can find this on page two of your bill, where you can also see how much energy you've used. Or, you can do it in My Account by selecting "view Bills" and check the "Bill Type" in the details section.
You'll see this on the "Plan and Discount" tile on the home page of My Account.
If you have more than one account, you'll need to select "My Account", then "View Account Summary" and select "My Account Details".
You'll see this on the "My Account" tile on the home page.
If you have more than one account, it shows the balance for them all as a total sum. To see them itemised, you can view "Account Summary" or you'll need to select "Billing and Payments", then "View Bills".
Click on "logout" under the "My Details" menu.
It’s a good idea to change your password every now and then. Go to "My details", then "Change Password" and follow the prompts.
Don’t worry if you forget your password you can click on the "forgotten password" link on the login page for online services.
It’s easy. Go to the "My details" tile on the home page of My Account, then select "click to update".
Already with us and moving house? Just click here to get set up online in just a few steps.
Already with us and want to add a property to your account? Just click here to get set up online in just a few steps.
Simply click on your badge below or search 'Contact Energy' in your app store and you're away.
The app is required to be used over the Internet via data or wifi. Standard use of the app uses a minimal amount of data.
One of the key features of the app is that you can submit a meter read. This feature is not currently available anywhere else! The app is a snapshot so you can keep an eye on your account while you're on the go. Your online services account gives you a more detailed insight into your account.
Send us an email at email@example.com
It's fast and easy to pay with a credit card via the app. Or you can set up a direct debit (from your bank account).
Full terms and conditions are available to view here
If you have a smart meter, you'll be able to see a breakdown of your monthly and daily usage. To see daily usage, you'll need to make sure you are using the latest version of the app.
To see your detailed hourly information you'll need to log into Online Services.
If you notice something amiss about the information being displayed on the app, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have a look into it for you.
AA Smartfuel is Contact’s new rewards partner.
It is a loyalty programme where you can earn fuel discounts each month when you are on a Contact Fuel Rewards plan. You can also swipe your AA Smartfuel card at other participating retailers to collect and accumulate additional fuel discounts!
To redeem your rewards, just fill up and swipe your AA Smartfuel card at a participating BP or Caltex service station, request to redeem your accumulated discounts, and receive the amount off each litre you purchase up to 50 litres!
We have some great new Fuel Rewards plans available for residential and business electricity customers which offer AA Smartfuel discounts. More information on our business Fuel Rewards plans coming soon.
You can collect AA Smartfuel discounts by signing up to one of our Fuel Rewards plans and providing us with your AA Smartfuel card number.
Each of our Fuel Rewards plans have monthly AA Smartfuel and prompt payment discounts.
You can track your fuel discounts from Contact and other participating retailers on the AA Smartfuel app, you can download this on your smart phone, check out the AA Smartfuel website for more information.
Starting 1 July 2017, you will not be able to switch to our Fuel Rewards plans until your current plan ends. If you have questions, please use our enquiry form and we'd be more than happy to answer them.
You can pick up a free AA Smartfuel card from your local BP, selected Caltex and Countdown stores. Once you have your card, you need to then register your card directly with AA Smartfuel.
There are three ways to register your card.
-Download the AA Smartfuel free app
-Online via the AA Smartfuel website.
-Call 0800 842 877.
You’ll receive email confirmation when your card is registered.
You sure can! AA and Countdown have their own branded AA Smartfuel cards, but you can still use these cards to accumulate AA Smartfuel discounts with Contact!
Once you have your card, you need to provide us with the card number, you can do this by logging into your My Account online services, or calling us on 0800 307 000.Don’t forget to ensure you have signed up to one of our Fuel Rewards plans to ensure you are rewarded with AA Smartfuel discounts.
Energy bills have a lot of information – so here’s what it all means. Link to example bill (.pdf)
We can email your bill or send it to you in the post. You just need to let us know which correspondence method you prefer. If you're on certain plans and receive bills and correspondence by email you could get an extra discount - check out our plans to find out more.
Your most recent bill can be viewed in our mobile app. You can also view previous bills on your My Account.
It’s shorthand for the amount of energy you use in an hour and is recorded on your meter. It works like this: a kWh is one kilowatt (kW) of electricity used for one hour (h). This is how you are billed for your electricity usage.
Looking at it another way – a kWh is equal to 1000 watts used over a one hour period. For example, 1 kWh = 10 x 100 watt light bulbs burning for one hour.
The fixed daily charge appears on your bill as a ‘cents per day’ (c/day) amount. It’s made up of meter rental costs, overhead costs (including meter reading), a margin component and, in most cases, a fixed fee charged by network operators or lines companies.
Our Low User electricity price plan applies to your main home only (sorry, no holiday homes or businesses) and is designed to benefit customers who use less than 8,000 kWh of electricity per year, or 9,000 kWh if you live in some parts of the lower South Island. It has a lower fixed daily charge than our standard plans and a higher variable charge for the electricity used.
An Anytime plan supplies a property with a continuous supply of electricity to all appliances connected to that meter - 24 hours a day.
An All Day Economy has a continuous supply of electricity to all appliances except hot water, which will be on ripple control. This means, for instance, that the electricity supply for a hot water cylinder might be turned off during peak times - as determined by the network company in your area.
With this plan you usually have a special type of meter that has two registers – they record your day and night usage separately. Different rates apply for the day and the night.
It’s really geared for customers who use an above average amount of electricity at night. So if you mainly run things like dishwashers, washing machines, heaters and dryers at night, it could be the one for you. There are no restrictions on which electrical appliances you use at night – it’s up to you.
We supply energy to most places in New Zealand, using different network companies that own the lines or pipes that bring electricity to your place. So pricing differs around the country because network companies charge different rates for different areas.
The other reason your pricing might be different is because the meter setup at your new home is different to your last place.
Gas meters measure energy usage in cubic metres (m3 ), while electricity meters measure consumption in kilowatt-hours (kWh). To keep things consistent with billing, we convert gas cubic metres into kilowatt-hours by using a gas conversion factor.
A gas conversion factor is made up of a number of things like altitude, pressure, temperature and calorific value, and can change each month because of variations in temperature and calorific value during that time.
Each new installation control point (where applicable) Up to $250
- Temporary builder's supply $55
- Piped LPG Price on application
(Including check or final read) $35
Natural Gas $90
(If a fault is NOT a supply or metering problem)
Same business day service, call received by 4pm $110
Weekends, public holidays and after hours (4pm - 7am) $145
Non-urgent service $95
Smart meter remote reconnection/disconnection $20
Same business day service, call received by 4pm $115
Next business day service, call received by 4pm prior business day $75
Weekends, public holidays and after hours (4pm to 7am) $150
Special disconnection fee (access problems) $125
Temporary disconnection for safety (business day) $110
Disconnection for non-payment $90
(These fees do not include the cost of related work by an electrician, gas fitter or network company)
Change of pricing plan (no physical change to metering required and no site visit needed) $20
Metering change where site visit needed, such as meter change
- Electricity $125
- Natural gas Min $125
Total disconnection (including meter removal)
- Electricity $75
- Natural gas (includes distributor fee) Min $290
- Electricity $125
- Natural gas (includes distributor fee) Min $170
Meter test - per meter tested. Applies if meter proves to be accurate $200
Electricity prepayment meter (subject to availability)
- Install or remove $140
- Clear balance $120
- Install or remove keypad $130
- Prepay to post pay (or reverse) $120
- Replacement PrePower card $10
Remote meter register - install or remove (subject to availability and ongoing daily fee) $200
Dishonoured payment $25
Copy of invoice or transactions/consumption history $8
Debt management fee $25
Debt site visit $90
Debt collection costs All Costs
Cancellation fee - when a request for work is cancelled before it is performed or you cannot be contacted as requested $40
We all have different ways of paying our bills – so we reckon you’ll find an option here to suit you. Online, direct debit, cheque, cash or Eftpos. We even have a system that smooths out payments throughout the year. Nobody gets excited about paying bills, so we try to make it easier with some inviting discounts for paying on time.
You can get your bill by email or post.
Email billing is free and convenient, and you can easily see how much you owe in the email we send you each month with your bill attached. It's simple to sign up for email through My Account online services. Having an online account can be really handy as you can see your previous bills, plus get other handy account information through our website or app.
*Paper billing is also an option if you like to do things that way. Please note, from 1 October 2017, there will be a $1.10 (incl GST) fee for each paper bill sent to you in the post.
We're happy to talk to you about your usage if you're concerned about higher than normal invoices or want to reduce your bill amounts. We can also look at payment methods that might suit you, as well as making sure you're on the right pricing plan for your usage. If you want to talk things through, just give us a call on 0800 80 9000.
To help make sense of things, here are some reasons why your bill might be bigger:
1. Has there been a long spell of cold weather in your area?
2. Maybe an appliance is faulty?
3. Do you have new household appliances?
4. Have you checked that your hot water cylinder isn’t leaking? Has the temperature been turned up?
5. If you have underfloor heating, how long do you usually have it turned on?
6. If you have a heat pump, how long do you usually have it turned on?
7. Do you have extra people staying?
8. Have your recent bills been estimated?
Easy - just give us a call on 0800 80 9000 and we can talk you through which plan would be right for you.
If you’re changing to a pricing plan other than the low user equivalent of your current plan, you might need a new meter or modifications to your existing one. If we need to make changes to your meter set-up there’s a fee as we’ll need to send a contractor to do the work. You’ll need to arrange and pay for an electrician to do any other work, such as wiring up your hot water cylinder to a new meter.
If you’re finding it hard to pay your bills because things are pretty tight, there are ways we can help you. The last thing you want to worry about is how to keep the lights on and the house warm.
Ins & Outs
There are lots of benefits:
We are currently deploying in all areas of the country at the moment. Our deployment process is on-going. We will send you a letter to advise you when we are installing at your property.
Depending on the location of the meter and the conditions on each site, it takes up to 45 minutes to replace the meter and check that everything is working properly. The installer will need to switch off the power during this time. We recommend you switch off any sensitive equipment at the wall to avoid any possibility of damage if there is a power surge. Of course, you'll need to reset timers and clocks after the power is turned back on.
If appliances were not turned off at the wall/switch during the installation of the smart meter, you may need to reset appliances such as your broadband router, oven, and alarms.
Our meter installers will be carrying identification, feel free to ask to see this.
If your meter is outside and easily accessible, then in most cases we can install your new meter without you being there. If it's inside, you need to provide access to a secured area, of if you've advised us that you are medically dependent on your electrical supply, please call our contractors to arrange a suitable date and time for the installation. Business customers will also be contacted to find a time that suits. The number will be supplied on your smart meter install letter.
If you have two or more meters, we may replace them with a single smart meter. This should not affect your pricing plan.
There may be exceptional circumstances where contractors are unable to install a smart meter at your property. This may occur for technical or health and safety reasons. If you are not at home during this time our contractor will leave a card to say he could not install. Please give us a call on 0800 80 9000 and we will be happy to explain what happens next.
Your first bill after the change over will show your energy use on two lines - one with the old meter reading and one with the new. There are a handful of cases where your first bill could be higher than usual, such as:
Your billing date could change or be delayed depending on the smart meter installation. This means the first bill you receive after your new meter is installed may be for a longer billing period than usual.
If you are a DualEnergy customer, your billing date will change slightly so your gas and electricity bills can be sent at the same time. This means the first bill you receive after your new meter is installed may be for a slightly longer billing period than usual.
There are several types of meters. You’ll find all the detail here: How to read your meter
Typically every two or three months one of our meter readers, who will always have a card showing they’re from Contact, will call by to read your meter. You’ll be able to spot when that happens because there will be a note on your bill saying ‘based on actual read’ – so we’ve used your actual meter reading to calculate the energy you’ve used that month.
On the months we don’t take a reading, we work out an estimate of your energy use, based on what you’ve used in the past at a similar time of year. On your bill, you’ll see a note saying 'Based on estimate read.'
Yes - Wells is the new meter reading company for the South Island. This change will happen between November 2016 and February 2017. The Wells meter reader will carry photo ID and their logo will be on vehicles and uniforms.
Your meter read date may change but rest assured there is no action you need to take. If we need to change your meter read date, your bill may arrive earlier or later than usual, or you may receive an estimated bill. Everything will be back to normal the following month.
Have some questions about this change? No problem, click here to send us an enquiry.
Just call our New Connections Team on 0800 86 26 66 and they’ll arrange temporary electricity supply to a home or building under construction. They’re on call between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Just leave a message if you call outside those times and they’ll phone you back the next day. Most things can be dealt with over the phone and there’s generally no paperwork. Our team is experienced and has technical backup, so they can also deal with any metering questions you have.
We’ll need the following information ready for temporary supply:
There is a $110 new connection fee that will be charged and payable on your first invoice after completion of the permanent new connection. Our New Connections team will let you know about any additional fees and charges.
Just call our New Connections Team on 0800 86 26 66 and we’ll start the process for you.
Call us as soon as you’ve finished and we’ll close your account and send you a final bill. You’re responsible for all our charges as long as your temporary supply stays connected – so don’t forget to make that call pronto!
Gas is cosy, quick and perfect for heating, hot water and cooking. Outdoors it’s a cracker for the barbie, outdoor heating and your pool, if you have one.
Piped gas is available throughout most of the North Island and in some areas in the South Island. Call us on 0800 80 9000 to see if piped gas is in your street. If it’s not, we can usually deliver bottled gas to you.
This can vary according to the gas appliances you install and whether you choose piped or bottled gas. The best thing is to talk to your local gasfitter to get a quote for appliances and installation, and we can give you information on connection costs (excluding any network costs such as getting a pipe laid from the street to your house).
After your gas network company has approved your connection application, it takes about 20 working days to get you connected. Bottled gas can be connected more quickly.
We might need to dig a small trench to connect you to the piped gas network. When the service pipe is in place, we’ll repair and tidy everything up.
They’re very similar in terms of usage, but natural gas can’t be stored and transported as a liquid. Of the two, LPG produces greater heat due to its higher calorific value.
No. Each type of gas requires different amounts of oxygen to burn properly, so different burners are needed in the appliances. Remember, all gas installations and conversions must be carried out by a licensed gasfitter.
Gas is very safe, as long as the installation and appliances are up to standard. Modern appliances are fitted with safety devices to automatically shut off the appliance if the flame goes out for any reason. Be sure to service your appliances regularly for top performance and safety.
Just like electricity, petroleum and other household chemicals, you should always be careful when using piped gas or LPG. Check out Using gas safely for advice.
1) Contact Energy doesn't sell or install solar panels/systems or other generation equipment. This is organised by specialist generation providers. Your first step is to contact your preferred provider to find the best solution for your energy needs.
2) Your next port of call is your Network Company to apply for a connection contract. The connection contract will permit you to connect new generation equipment and allows you to send any surplus energy into the Network. Click here to help you contact your local Network Company.
3) With the help of your generation provider, you can then arrange a qualified installer/electrician to help with the job (including certification of the generation equipment).
4) To enable you to sell any surplus energy back to the grid, you need a special import/export meter installed. That's where Contact comes to the rescue. A distributed generation meter has 2 registers, one to record the energy you use and the other register to track any surplus you will sell back to Contact.
5) If you're not already a Contact customer, sign up with us now. When you're ready, complete your online application form to request a distributed generation meter (also referred to as import/export meter) be installed.
6) Provided you have met all the application form requirements and your electrician got the wiring and required certification in place, Contact can order your distributed generation meter and organise a contractor to replace your current meter.
7) Once your generation equipment is installed and certified and your new import/export meter is in place, you can start selling your surplus energy to Contact.
Distributed generation rate for less than 10 kilowatt peak (kW) standard metered sites:
Our offer is 8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) excl. GST for any electricity that you export to us (prices are subject to change with 30 days' notice).
Distributed generation rate for greater than 10 kilowatt peak (kW) standard metered or time of use metered sites:
Price on application. Call 0800 271 271 or click here to send us an e-mail. We will take a look at your supply details and discuss our price offer with you.
Your electrician will be able to tell you. You may also find this information on the Network connection/approval letter confirmation if you already applied for a connection with your Network Company.
Note: The majority of residential solar installations will be under 10kW.
The installation of an import/export meter will incur a cost of $125.
Additional costs outside the installation of the meter should be discussed with your installer or electrician prior to Contact requesting the new meter be installed. It's important to note that we may not be able to install distributed generation metering at sites where there is asbestos, a meter mounted directly to a house with no fire proof meter box or where the meter is not protected from the elements, substandard wiring, etc...
In relation to the above, if our contractor attends and finds your meter board or the wiring does not measure up, we'll let you know and we can talk through options with you.
If you apply to have an import/export meter installed, your current meter will be replaced with an import/export meter. This may mean that the pricing plan we currently bill you on may need to change to ensure it is compatible with the new import/export meter set up.
If we find that your current pricing plan needs to be changed, we will contact you to discuss the pricing plan options for your import meter load.
Talk to and get advice from your preferred provider for sustainable electricity options and generation equipment.
A distributed generation meter has 2 registers, one to record the import meter usage and the other register which records any surplus power you sell back to Contact Energy.
Our Field Services Contractor will install your meter once your application has been approved. Ensure your electrician has completed any necessary wiring before our contractor installs the meter and has arranged for any inspections and/or certificates of compliance.
It can take up to 30 working days to have an import/export meter installed and the contractor may attend on any day within that time frame. Once installed you can start selling back your surplus energy to us.
We endeavor to install our distributed generation metering using smart meters wherever possible.
At this stage we don't have the ability to receive remote reads on all smart distributed generation meters but are working towards a solution for this in the near future.
We will read your meter regularly (provided that you give us access to your premises during normal meter reading service hours). Our meter readers will call to read your meter, typically every two or three months.
On the months we don't take a reading, we work out an estimate of your energy use, based on what you've used in the past at a similar time of year. On your bill, you'll see a note saying 'Based on estimate read.'
Any surplus energy you generate cannot be stored for future usage unless you have a battery installed at your home. We will buy back any surplus energy you generate.
We can help you with that. If you are building a new home, follow the advice under new electricity connections.
For new customers, effective 1 June 2016, Contact will include the amount of distributed generation you're selling back to us on your electricity bill, where applicable.
We're currently in the process of writing to our existing customers who have a distributed generation meter, and the plan is to move them all across to this new and improved billing process in the coming months.
You can view the terms and conditions here.
Distributed generation output for less than 10 kilowatt (kW):
Click here to send us an email.
Distributed generation output for greater than 10 kilowatt (kW):
Contact our Account Management Team on 0800 271 271 or click here to send us an email.
Please let us know immediately if you or someone in your house depends on mains electricity for critical medical support - where no electricity could result in loss of life or serious harm. This applies to both medical and other equipment needed to support treatment.
Please follow these simple steps to register as a medically dependent customer:
Contact takes its obligation to assist customers in vulnerable circumstances seriously.
A customer is vulnerable if, for reasons of age, health or disability, the disconnection of electricity to that domestic consumer presents a clear threat to the health or wellbeing and/or it is genuinely difficult for them to pay their electricity bills because of severe financial insecurity, whether temporary or permanent.
If you think you or your family fits this description or you are finding it difficult to pay your energy bills, please contact us immediately on 0800 80 9000. We’ll discuss options such as setting up a payment arrangement, applying to Work and Income or another social agency for budgeting or other advice or assistance.
Also, if you believe that at some time in the future you may have difficulties with your payments or with communicating with us, you can appoint one or more alternate contacts who agree to assist if a disconnection or payment issue is pending. An alternate contact could be a family member or friend, or a social agency support person.