Power users will have an extra $200 for Christmas

Far North power users are being paid $5.8 million in dividends this month in the form of a discount on their power bills.

All electricity bill payers will get a minimum of $150, with the majority - just under 90 per cent of Top Energy customers - getting $200 knocked off their November bills.

It is the second year Far North power users have received their annual dividend in the form of a discount. It was previously distributed as a pre-Christmas cheque.

Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw said the company switched to discounting power bills because it could return nearly a million dollars more to its customers than if payment was still made by cheque.

The lines charge discount would appear as a one-off credit line on bills sent out by electricity retailers this month.

The lower than usual November power bills would also apply to consumers who paid by direct debit.

Customers with automatic payments would be able to reduce the amount they pay at each instalment or stop payments for a while.

Those with pre-paid electricity accounts could check their balances and choose whether to make their usual payments.

Electricity account holders will receive information about the discount this month, either with the bill sent out by their electricity retailer or directly in the mail from Top Energy. Visit www.topenergy.co.nz for more information.

- Northern Advocate

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