How much power is needed to run a home in Australia

How much power is needed to run a home in Australia

When you take a look at the different utility bills you receive in the post each month for your Australian home you probably get the typical water, sewer, and power, along with possible others. Have you ever taken a close look at your power bill? I mean a really close look, have you ever noticed how much power is needed to run your home…comfortably? Today, we want to take a look at not only how much power is needed to run a home but we also want to put a mental picture to that number.

Obviously, when you talk about how much power is needed to run a home in Australian there are some common basic factors to consider such as the size of the home, the type of items used in the home, as well as how many people reside in the home just to name a few. It’s important to know your individual home’s power usage if you are trying to save money on your power bill. Trying to figure out how much power is used each month is not difficult; in fact since December the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has provided electricity benchmarks which require power providers to publish usage right on your monthly statement.

According to a study performed in 2014 the average Australian household used about 5,817 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually which can easily be broken down to about 484.75 kilowatt hours per month. This number will, of course, fluctuate depending on each individual home and person. This number is a decrease according to a study that listed the kilowatt hour usage back in 2011 to be about 6,635 per home annually. When we take a look at the 2014 reported usage amount of 5,817 kilowatt hours per home in Australia we can break that down into the amount of about $1,690 annually for each home in Australia in 2014.

Besides the common factors we mentioned above that would contribute to varying household electricity uses the area in which you live also has a factor in the power usage and cost. Take for example Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania, residents in these areas can experience higher power bills because of the heating during colder weather conditions whereas places like the Northern Territory are opposite. Those residents living in areas that are hot where air conditioning is used more often will, of course, experience a higher bill, it has been sad that the air conditioning costs are the highest, but that is all based upon popular opinion.

The next time your bill comes in the post take a good look at it and see how much power you are using and then once you figure that out you can determine ways you can save a little bit on your bill.

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