What is 'average' electricity usage?

Do you want to know how your electricity use compares with other households of a similar size? Energy Made Easy can show you the average electricity usage for similar households in your area.

How much electricity do I use?

To work out how much electricity you use, look at the back page of your bill—you can also view our How to read your bill page. The amount you used for that billing period will be shown in kilowatt hours (kWh).

Comparing your electricity usage

From 1 October 2012, your electricity bill must also contain average electricity usage information for households of a similar size in your area. This means you will be able to compare your current usage against the average usage of others in your area.

What is the average amount of electricity used?

The Australian Government has commissioned research to work out the average amount of electricity used by households around Australia. The full report can be viewed on the Australian Energy Regulator's website.

The amount of electricity that households use depends on a range of factors, including:

  • how big your residence is
  • the number of people living there
  • the type and number of appliances
  • when and how appliances are used
  • whether energy-hungry extras like pools, spas and air conditioners are on site.

You can find out the average amount of electricity used in households like yours on Energy Made Easy.

How to lower your electricity usage

If your electricity usage is higher than similar households, there are lots of ways you can save energy at little or no cost—go to our Saving energy page for some handy hints.

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Other resources (external links)

Electricity bill benchmarks for residential customers

Extensive research conducted by ACIL Tasman on behalf of the Australian Government’s Consumer Information and Implementation Committee (CIIC) on electricity bill benchmarks for residential customers.