Where does your energy go?

November 2011

Your home is constantly consuming electricity but there are some simple steps to avoid adding unnecessary dollars to energy bills.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said a simple energy audit of your home is an important first step to reducing your energy use and greenhouse emissions.

An audit will help identify the biggest energy users in your home. Up to 60% of the energy usage of a typical home is from hot water and heating and cooling systems.

Showering and bathing uses the most hot water but if you reduce your showers by two minutes with the help of a timer you can save up to $100 per year and 0.8 tonnes of CO2.

Kitchen appliances use about 16% of the averages home’s energy so it’s important to run them efficiently. Dishwashers use the same amount of energy whether they are full or not. And a 3 star rated dishwasher can save you $60 a year compared to one with only 2 stars.

In 1994, the average refrigerator used 915 kWh of electricity each year. By 2005, this reduced by more than half to an average of 478 kWh for new refrigerators. So if you have a fridge more than 15 years old, consider upgrading to a more efficient model that could save more than $100 per year on your energy bills.

The NSW Government’s DIY Power Saver program allows people to borrow free power saving kits from local libraries that provide information on appliances and can measure the power they use.

Read more information on the DIY Power Saver program.

And to see where your household energy goes check out ways to save.

Where does your household energy go?