Free power from 9pm-midnight every night

Check if you can go on the Good Nights plan

First, enter your address to see if you have the right type of meter:

Your address

 
 
Please help us identify your Electricity Meter (ICP) from the list below:
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Tips to maximise your free hours

 

 

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Shift to save


Maximise your savings by doing your chores later in the evening, like the washing, drying, dishwashing and vacuuming

 

The more you shift your usage to 9pm-midnight, the more you can save




Heating and cooling


Keep the heater or air conditioner on longer for a more comfortable, healthier home in the evenings

 

Hot water takes up a decent chunk of your power bill, so if your hot water is heated by electricity, opt to shower shortly after 9pm

 

It can be better to shower earlier in the period so your hot water cylinder fills up when the electricity is free




Charge it up


Top-up the EV, e-scooter or e-bike in the evenings when electricity is free

 

Charge up your electronic devices and power tools too




Make the most of timers


Use timers where possible to start your appliances and devices to run between 9pm-midnight

 

Most washing machines, dryers and dishwashers have a start delay setting, and many heat pumps and heaters allow you to set a daily start and stop time – easy!




Track your usage


Check out how much you’re using on our handy app or online through My Account

 

By looking at your online graph every few days, you’ll start to get a good handle on how much electricity those big-ticket items use – like hot water, heaters/air conditioners and washing machines




Add broadband for an even better deal


Add broadband to this plan from just $69.99 per month

 

You’ll get unlimited data and a free modem ($14.99 delivery fee applies)

Frequently asked questions

The Good Nights plan is available to residential customers who have a communicating smart meter – most properties have this type of meter installed already. Check if you have the right meter here. When you sign up, we'll double-check this and confirm that you’re eligible.

If you’re an existing Contact customer and would like to take advantage of this great offer, you need to be on an open term energy plan and change to the Good Nights plan. You cannot add the ‘3 free hours of electricity’ to your existing plan.

Please note that when you change to the Good Nights plan, you will no longer receive any associated rewards from your old plan, like discounts.

It’s simple to change to the Good Nights plan online here.

 

I’m currently on a Low User plan – will that still apply if I change to Good Nights?

You can still go on a Low User plan. When you change plan online, you'll need to select the Low User plan option.

 

What about my Contact broadband – can I still get this and does anything change?

You don’t need to do anything – when you change to the Good Nights plan your broadband service will continue as usual (your current modem will still work) and your monthly broadband price will stay the same.

If you don’t already have broadband with us but would like to add it, you can either do this when you change to the Good Nights plan online or add it later via the app (under the ‘My property’ section).

To go on the Good Nights plan, you need to have a communicating smart meter that records and send us your electricity usage at every half-hourly interval. This way we can identify the right amounts of electricity used in the free periods vs the chargeable periods and bill you accordingly. 

Unfortunately, some meter types aren’t as reliable in providing this half-hourly usage data as others, meaning we might not get all the data in time to bill you accurately. So, we’ve had to exclude some smart meters from being eligible for the plan.

If we find your meter isn’t sending the required usage data to bill you accurately on Good Nights, we may need to remove you from the plan. But don’t worry, we’ll discuss all of this with you first and make sure we find a plan that works best for you.

All electricity used during 9pm and midnight every night is free.

Please note that:

  • The daily charge will still apply.
  • Natural gas and bottled gas isn’t included, so appliances (including hot water heating) that run on gas are not included during the free time period.
To find the energy rates for your property on the Good Nights plan, click here and type in your address. Then click on ‘view details’ under ‘3. Choose your new plan’ to see the rates.

Any savings associated with the Good Nights plan will vary depending on your meter setup, how you use electricity overall, and particularly how much usage you shift to the free period (9pm-midnight every night).

Everyone’s usage is different. However, the more usage you shift to the free period, the more you can save! Check out our tips to maximise your free hours.

You can track your savings on our app or online through My Account.

We know that the evenings are when most households use the most power. We're able to offer free power later in the evening because that's when it's generally cheaper for us to purchase the power you consume.

For now, the free period is fixed, so you can't change it to another time of day. We're always on the hunt to improve our plans, so this could be something we consider later on.

The more you shift your usage to the 9pm-midnight free period, the more you can save, so opt to do your power-greedy chores like running the dishwater, washing machine and dryer later in the evening. Shifting usage to off-peak times can be better for the environment too, as it reduces the need to ‘fire up’ carbon-intensive power generation.

The Good Nights plan is only available to residential customers who have an eligible and actively communicating smart meter.

When signing up online, once you enter your address we can identify if you have the right type of meter or not. If you don’t have the right type of meter, the Good Nights plan will not display.

When you change to the Good Nights plan, we will bill you up to date for any usage on your old plan, so you will receive a bill shortly after we have made the change. As this bill will cover any usage from your last bill until the date you changed to Good Nights, it’s likely to be for a shorter period than normal. This will also mean your first Good Nights bill will not be for a whole month, as it will only cover usage from the date you changed to Good Nights. From then on, your bills will be as per your current billing cycle.