I’m worried about making payments on time.
We understand that this can be a tough time for finances and so we offer a range of ways to pay that provide options for you to smooth out the cost of bills or align bills and due dates to fit your situation. You can do this on My Account.
How will this impact my bill?
Based on our calculations, we estimate that average household bills may see an extra $3 to $6 a week over this time. Your situation might be different though so that’s where My Account/app is super handy for checking how changes in your usage might affect your bill.
* Calculated off the average bill for April-June ($160per month) and assuming customers consume 25%-75% more on appliances related to entertainment, cooking, heating, lighting, and other appliances likely to be on more while people are at home.
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We agree, energy bills hold a lot of information. We've put together an example to explain all the bits and pieces. View sample bill.
We're always here to help you if you need further information. You can contact us by:
Using the online enquiry form
Calling 0800 80 9000
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.
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.
To find out how much energy you use in a year, sign in to My Account for your usage history. Not signed up for My Account? No worries you can sign up for one here. Or if you're not an online customer, contact us.
You can also have a look at the ‘electricity usage’ graph on the back of your bill, or on the Contact app. Find out more about Low User plans and thresholds.
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.
Yes, we can provide more details about your electricity consumption from the last two years.
It's simple to make a request, just email us to let us know and we'll be in touch to check a few details.
Once we have everything we need, results will be emailed to you within five business days. (Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 administered by the Electricity Authority.)
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.
If you have your bill handy, your next meter reading date shows on the top right on the first page of your bill.
Or if you are online, go to My Account, view "Account Summary" and then select "My Account Details".
Sometimes due to unforeseen events, our meter readers may be a day or two either side of the scheduled date.
If you have your bill handy, you can find this on page two of your bill. Locate where your electricity or natural gas charges are printed and here it will show the "Electricity Reading Type". Still unsure of what you are looking for? No problem, check out our Bill Example for further explanation.
Pay for your electricity up front, just like a prepaid mobile phone. You control how much you pay and when you pay. You can even build up credit to use over winter. Learn more.
Receiving a bill
We'll send you a bill every week, fortnight or month for your usage. Note that weekly and fortnightly billing is only available on electricity accounts with smart meters.
For bills including usage outside of this exceptional period, it can sometimes be a classic case of little things adding up. We've put together some Energy Saving Tips to help you keep your energy costs down.
To help make sense of things, here are some reasons why your bill might be bigger:
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 224 424.
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.
Some ways to get help to pay your bill: