Using and saving energy

Comparing your electricity use

Comparing electricity consumption between homes can be difficult, as the amount you use depends on a range of factors including:

  • how big your home is
  • the construction materials used to build your home
  • the number of people living there
  • the type and number of appliances
  • when and how appliances are used.

Your electricity bills include graphs or tables that compare how you used electricity in your home during the recent billing period with past billing periods, so you can see how things have changed over the last 12 months.

There is also information comparing your electricity use with similar-sized households in your area. The comparisons are only guides and do not take into account households that have solar energy or a swimming pool.

The way the information is presented on a bill may differ between retailers. Contact your retailer directly if you need help understanding the comparison information on your bill.

An example of an AGL electricity bill comparison chart. For the 95 day billing period covered by the bill, the home has a low energy consumption compared to other homes in the area.

The Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website also has a tool to help you compare your average electricity with similar-sized households in your area. Again, it is only a guide and doesn’t take into account households who also use gas, have solar energy or a swimming pool.

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