September 18, 2018

Understanding Energy Use around the House

Water and electricity are essential in our day-to-day lives. Every month, we obviously need to pay our water and electricity bills, and if we’re not careful, our monthly utility bills can continuously increase. But before we can come up with ways to save on water and electricity, it is important to understand how energy is used around the house. Energy consumption can be zeroed in on heating and cooling, appliances, water heating, as well as lighting in your home. In this article, let’s learn more about energy consumption and how we can lower our utility bills:

Did you know...

An average Australian household has a washer, dryer, dishwasher, TV, and refrigerator. These appliances account for 33% of your home’s energy use?

Heating and Cooling

This energy culprit accounts for almost half (40%) of energy usage of a typical household in Australia. There are several ways to lower your energy consumption with heating and cooling, and most are simple enough that everyone in the home can adhere to:

  • Use heating only in rooms or areas that are being used.
  • During warm days, always close the blinds and curtains. Doing so can actually make the rooms cooler. During cold days, you can also close the blinds and curtains as protection against draft.
  • If you want the room to be cooler, opt for an electric fan. Not only is this cheaper than using your cooling system, it also has low greenhouse impact.


An average Australian household has a washer, dryer, dishwasher, TV, and refrigerator. Did you know that appliances account for 33% of your home’s energy use? Lower your energy consumption with appliances by doing these simple tips:

  • Unplug all appliances that are not in use.
  • When buying appliances, make sure to check the energy ratings, which can tell you more about energy efficiency that can translate to lower electricity bills.

Water Heating

About 20% of the total energy consumption is attributed to water heating. Want to reduce your electricity and water usage? Keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep the thermostat of your water heater to 60°-65°C.
  • When doing the laundry, use cold water in the washing machine.
  • Replace your shower head with a model that is water-efficient.


About 6% of the total energy use of an average household is attributed to lights. It may not look much, but turning off lights when there’s no one in the room can help reduce your electricity bill. You can also replace incandescent lighting with energy-efficient bulbs.

Do you have other ideas when it comes to water and electricity bills? Share your insights in the comments section.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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