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Power Bills Down $156 In Five Years, A New 11-year Low

The average annual power bill has continued to fall, reaching a new 11-year low in real terms according to the latest data released by MBIE, Electricity Retailers’ Association Chief Executive Cameron Burrows says.

The average annual power bill in the year to March 2020 was $2067—down $156 in the past five years after inflation, and the lowest it’s been since 2009.

“Strong competition between power companies is helping keep prices down. There are now over 30 power companies meaning we’ve got the most competitive market ever, and everyone’s working hard to keep customers and gain new ones. That’s a great incentive to keep prices low.

“Improvements to housing quality and energy efficient heaters have also led to savings in power consumption over the past 10 years, helping keep bills down—though that trend has recently reversed. Consumption is higher than it was in 2017 or 2018, but the average bill has continued to fall, meaning households are using more electricity compared to three years ago but paying $60 less in real terms.

“New Zealand has the 10th cheapest electricity in the OECD—and it comes to Kiwis in a way that’s highly renewable, very reliable, and with a great amount of choice.

“Increasingly we’re seeing price isn’t the only thing that matters—consumers care about non-price factors like plans that bundle in other utilities, offer smoothed monthly payments to avoid winter bill peaks, and different billing schedules to suit a customer’s circumstances.

“We encourage all Kiwis to have a chat to their power company and check they’re getting the most out of their plan, or to compare their options on Powerswitch (powerswitch.org.nz). That’s something we should all be doing at least once a year.”

Annual average expenditure and consumption of electricity per household

verage annual residential expenditure (real)Average annual consumption per household (kWh) 
2003$1,6077469
2004$1,7597764
2005$1,9778151
2006$1,8877630
2007$2,0197840
2008$1,9767526
2009$2,0337644
2010$2,1437903
2011$2,1427623
2012$2,1827609
2013$2,2037507
2014$2,2127380
2015$2,2237279
2016$2,1727261
2017$2,1307048
2018$2,1067019
2019$2,1167141
2020$2,0677099

MBIE’s Electricity cost and price monitoring data is available here.

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