Using and saving energy

Home energy use

The amount of energy used in a home depends on:

  • the number of people in the home and how they use different appliances
  • whether the home uses electricity, gas or both
  • the energy efficiency of the building and appliances.

Your energy bills contain information about how much energy you are using in your home. To understand which appliances in your home are contributing to your bills, you can do a home energy audit and calculate your appliance running costs.

In the average Australian home, energy is used for:

Energy use in the Australian residential sector 1986–2020 is a report commissioned by the Australian Government. It provides details about household energy use in each state between 1986 and 2005, and forecasts energy use until 2020. It also provides information about how much energy different appliances (like air conditioners) are using in Australian homes and how much energy they may use in the future.

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