Heating and cooling are the biggest users of electricity in your house and are responsible for around 40% of your home electricity use. You can reduce this usage by keeping your heating between 18-20 degrees and your cooling over 25 degrees, keeping your blinds/curtains closed when heating or cooling, making sure that draughts are covered and keeping doors closed to areas of the house that don’t need to be heated/cooled.
The next biggest user of electricity is your hot water service, which uses about 25% of your electricity. You can reduce this usage by keeping the thermostat at 60°C for storage hot water systems and 50°C or less for an instantaneous system and turning your storage hot water system off if you go away.
Your appliances, combined, use around 30% of your energy with your fridge/freezer and TV being the biggest individual electricity users. You can reduce this by buying energy efficient appliances, washing in cold water and turning appliances off rather than leaving them on standby.
Lastly, your lighting is responsible for around 8-15% of your electricity usage. You can reduce this usage by using LED globes, switching lights off when you aren’t using them and only using lights that you actually need i.e. a reading lamp.