Understanding Standard and Low User Power Plans
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Picking the right plan for your home can sound tricky, but we’re here to make it as simple as possible.
What is a Standard User Plan?
The Standard User plan has a higher daily charge, but a lower charge per kWh used, so is ideal if your electricity usage is relatively high. Households north of Christchurch are better off on a Standard plan if using more than 8,000 kWh each year, and for Christchurch and further south if using more than 9,000 kWh each year.
In general, Standard User plans will suit larger households with higher consumption patterns.
What is a Low User Plan?
The Low User plan is generally suited to people using less electricity (hence the name). It’s designed so that the fixed rate is capped (not including GST and after any bundle discount) but the unit rate is higher, which means that if you don’t use much electricity, you'll pay less than you would on a Standard Plan).
While for most of the country the tipping point between the two plans is 8,000 kWh annually, in general, Low User Plans will suit smaller households with lower consumption patterns.
Can I change between Standard and Low User Plans?
You can change between Standard Plan and Low User plans once a year, which could be useful if you have a change in situation (for example, if someone moves out and you're using much less electricity). If you are signing up for Power with us, let us know at the time of sign up if you’re moving from one kind of plan to another.
If you are already a customer with us, you can switch between a Standard Plan and a Low User Plan by logging into My2degrees.