You may be able to save money by picking a Low User option for your pricing plan — depending on how much power you use.
Your best option depends on the amount of electricity you use at your primary residence. You can't have the low user option for others premises on your account, like a holiday home, a sleepout, or a shed.
If you use less than 8000 units a year at your primary residence (and not, for example, a holiday home), the Low User option may be best for you. This rises to 9000 units in parts of the lower South Island.
If you use more electricity, a Standard User option may be better.
Check your bills for the past year, or your MyMeridian account if you have one. How many units of power did you use? Do you need to switch the option you are on? And do you want to discuss your plan?
Check your usage and decide. If your circumstances change you may need to change the option you are on and maybe consider your plan. Say you’re on a Low User option and you think your electricity use may rise — for example, if you’re planning on spending more time at home. Consider switching to a Standard User option.
In the dark blue parts of the map, if you use less than 8000 units a year, a Low User option is best for you. In the light blue parts of the map, it’s your best option if you use less than 9000 units.
Use our Change Standard/Low User form.
The Minister of Energy has made exemptions for homes with certain kinds of power supply on two power networks.
You can’t have a Low User option if you’re on the Marlborough Lines network if your home:
You can’t have a Low User option of you’re on the Alpine Energy network, if your home:
We’re required to by the Government. The Electricity (Low Fixed Charge Tariff Option for Domestic Consumers) Regulations 2004 requires energy retailers to offer Low User plans.
Read the regulations on the New Zealand Legislation website (external link)