Higher than normal energy bills can be caused by many factors, including the following:
// Days in a billing month: The average number of days billed each month is 30, however this may vary due to a range of factors (for example the billing period over December-January is typically about 5-8 days longer due to the public holidays affecting when bills are issued)- a few days more or less could make the total amount due higher or lower than previous months.
// Change in lifestyle: a new baby, additional people in your home, new appliances (such as a plasma TV or second refrigerator), additional living spaces or someone now working from home will increase energy use. These lifestyle changes typically increase hot water use, laundry costs and heating and cooling costs.
// Rate changes: Changes or increases to energy rates can affect the total amount due.
// Seasonal usage: Hot and humid days means you may run the air conditioner and colder days means additional heating may be required. Air conditioning, dehumidifiers, swimming pools/pumps and spa pools would increase energy use.
// Actual or estimated meter readings: Estimated meter reads followed by an actual read using a smart meter or an inaccurate meter read could affect the total amount due.
What are Mercury’s special fees and services?
Service fees are a necessary part of being able to give you the best of us and our services.
Service fees apply to both our residential and business customers with single or 3-phase connections of 100 amps or less (if that’s too technical, give us a ring and we’ll be able to help on 0800 10 18 10).
Here are our fees (GST is already included):
1) Meter reading - special (interim) or final
// Charged when a meter read is requested. $15.00
// Available appointment blocks are between 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm.
// No fixed times are available.
2) Electricity disconnection or reconnection fee (per site visit)*
Disconnection for arrears or request by customer (safety disconnection) within working hours (8:00 - 5:00pm). $70.00
Disconnection request by customer (safety disconnection only) within 3-5 hours, after hours, on the weekend or on a public holiday. $120.00
Reconnection on same day during working hours (8:00 - 5:00pm).
All reconnection request calls to be made by 4pm. $70.00
Reconnection request by customer within 3-5 hours. After hours, on the weekend or on a public holiday. $120.00
Reconnection of power which has been off for more than six months (Service available in selected areas only)** $140.00
* Fees may be charged for each site visit even where a disconnection or reconnection is unsuccessful.
**An additional charge may apply for urgent reconnections when a safety inspection is required.
3) Gas disconnection or reconnection fee (per site visit)*
Disconnection (temporary or transitional ONLY) for arrears or request by customer (safety disconnection) within working hours (8:00 - 5:00pm). $120.00
Reconnection on same day during working hours (8:00 - 5:00pm). All reconnection request calls to be made by 4pm. $120.00
Reconnection request by customer within 3-5 hours. After hours, on the weekend or on a public holiday. $185.00
* Fees may be charged for each site visit even where a disconnection or reconnection is unsuccessful
4A) Metering New Connection fee
Charged per visit when you request a representative to visit your premises to inspect, test, install your metering for a new connections $75.00*
*the new connection fee may vary in some areas due to network costs and for non-standard meters. Contact 0800 49 0003 for more information.
4B) Metering Alteration call out fee
Charged per visit when you request a representative to visit your premises to inspect, test, install and/or change your metering. This includes BTS to perm, meter shifts, overhead to underground, upgrade and downgrades, inspection after prescribed work and resealing a meter*. $241.50
* The fee may vary in some areas and for non-standard meters. Contact 0800 49 0003 for more information.
5) Repeat site visit
When Mercury sends a contractor to a site and the job is not ready or access cannot be obtained a fee will apply. $92.00
6) Metering call out fee (per visit)
Charged per visit when a representative is required to visit your premises but the job type does not require an electrical inspector to view. This includes a tariff change where there is a physical change to the meter is involved, faulty meter, high consumption issue, and you requesting a site visit. $135.00
7) Customer site visit (per site visit)
Representative is required to visit your premises after all reasonable efforts have been exhausted to make contact with the account holder and or alternative contact to discuss your power account, medical dependency or vulnerability status. $60.00
(Please note: Fees may be charged for each Customer Site Visit even where contact is unsuccessful).
8) Prepay install - absent/turndown fee
Charged if you do not keep an appointment to install a prepay meter or if you refuse to allow one of our representatives to install a prepay meter. $75.00
9) Non-network fault call out fee $105.00
10) Non-network no hot water call out fee $105
11) Administration fees
Payment dishonour. $5.00
Invoice copy. $5.00
Credit refund (free on closed accounts). $25.00
Price plan change (one free per year. A meter inspection call out fee may apply). $40.00
Collect outstanding debts. All costs.
12) Transaction fees
Payment made in person over the counter $1.50
Payments made by cheque ** $0.50
One-off credit /debit card transactions *** 1.5%
A bond may be charged as security for payment of your energy supply:
Commercial per connection: The greater of $500 or three times the average monthly charge. This is based on actual or estimated monthly charges, over the preceding 12 months, for the previous occupant.
14) Remote meter reader
Daily Charge (ex GST) 12 cents per day
15) After hours meter reading*
Weekend or weeknight read (ex GST) 9 cents per day
16) Three year fixed
Special terms & conditions apply to the Three Year Fixed Plan. For terms & conditions, click here
*Conditions apply. Not available in all areas.
**Payments made by cheque in person over the counter will be $1.50 (they will not incur the additional cheque fee).
***Credit /debit card service fee does not apply to pre-arranged recurring monthly credit /debit card payments. Credit /debit card transactions are only available on some price plans.
**** Excluding change from Three Year Fixed. For terms & conditions, click here.
We understand that financial difficulties can affect any of us at different times, for many different reasons. This can make it hard to pay your power bill.
// If you are finding it hard to pay your power bill there are several things you can do:
Keep the lights on and pay back any debt over time with pay-as-you-go power from our preferred provider, GLO-BUG
Check out our tips & information on saving power and money by visiting GEM in your My Account.
Ask family and friends for help.
Call Work and Income to make sure you are receiving all the money you are entitled to.
Call a budgeting advice service.
Contact us directly to discuss other options for payment.
Call us on 0800 10 18 60 to ask about a payment plan that may let you pay your power bill off a little at a time.
For special consideration into your financial situation, please fill out our Financial Hardship Form below.