How does your energy usage compare?

Do you use more or less energy than other households like yours?

Energy Made Easy’s energy usage calculator can show you how much energy you use compared to other similar households in your area.

The calculator will show you the average energy usage for a house in your area with the same number of people as at your place:

  • for each season, and 
  • for the whole year.

So, if five people live at your place, the calculator will give you an idea of how much energy other houses with five people use.

How is average energy use calculated?

In 2017, we asked about 8000 households across Australia how much energy they used. We then used this information to calculate the average household energy usage shown on Energy Made Easy.

You can use Energy Made Easy’s energy usage calculator to see if you use more or less energy than other similar households in your area.

The amount of energy you use depends on a lot of things. For example:

  • the number of people who live in your house 
  • your appliances, and 
  • how you use your appliances. 

If you live in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory or Queensland, your retailer must show on your bill how much energy:

  • your house used, and 
  • other houses in your area used.

This is usually in a graph or table on your bill. To see some examples, have a look at our interactive electricity and gas bills.

How is energy usage considered for the period not covered in the bill?

The period’s usage data is aligned across calendar seasonal days with daily consumption figures then calculated for each season.

Season Date Range Days
Summer 1 December to 28 February 90
Autumn 1 March to 31 May 92
Winter 1 June to 31 August 92
Spring 1 September to 30 November 91

The daily consumption value for a period not covered in the bill is calculated from the daily figure of the season covered under the bill using seasonal weights which vary across states and climate zones.

Seasonal weights are statistical indexes factoring the variances of consumption figures across states with respect to seasons. For example, Queensland has greater summer usage because of air conditioners and Tasmania has greater winter usage because of electric heating.

Usage charges are calculated by mapping the seasonal daily consumptions with applicable seasonal tariffs for the year. Access charges are a daily cost applied on top of usage charges.

The annual estimated bill is calculated from the total usage and access charges together with fees such as a contribution fee, membership fee or metering charges.

Last updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 13:26