Electricity saving tips

In addition to shopping around for better electricity deals, reducing the amount of electricity you use can have a big impact on your electricity bill. This chart shows where the average family home uses most electricity. 

Graph showing electricity usage in the average home

Water heating and laundry

  • Ensure your electric hot water is on a controlled load (off-peak) tariff  
  • Use cold water for laundry  
  • Only wash full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine  
  • Avoid using the dryer where possible.  

Heating & air-conditioning

  • Use a fan when you can instead of the air-conditioner  
  • Adjusting your air conditioner up by one or two degrees saves you money  
  • Close all the doors, windows, curtains and blinds in the room while using the air-conditioner or heater.  


  • Choose more energy efficient appliances when shopping  
  • Limit the time the fridge door is open (especially if you have children).  


  • Turn off lights when nobody is in the room  
  • Install fluorescent lightbulbs.  

TV & entertainment

  • Make sure to switch off the TV and other entertainment appliances at the wall when nobody is using them.  

'Standby' is still using power

  • Turn everything off at the wall.  Appliances use power even when not in use  
  • Phone chargers, tablet chargers and gaming consoles also use 'standby' power if not turned off at the wall.  

You can also read more about rebates and concessions.

Moving house? Check your electricity retailer

If you are buying a new house or moving into a new rental house, make sure you shop around for your new electricity retailer.

For rental properties, real estate agents often have agreements in place to sign you up to a particular electricity retailer. This company may not be giving you the best deal. You should shop around yourself.


Queensland has the highest rate of rooftop solar panels in the world – a lot of us are already making our own electricity.

Some retailers have offers for new or existing rooftop solar. Don’t forget to shop around and consider what feed-in-tariff rates are being offered. Different electricity retailers offer different feed-in tariff rates, so check your bill and Click, Call or Ask to get the best combination of electricity discounts and feed-in-tariffs to help you save.

Existing customers who are part of the Solar Bonus Scheme and maintain their eligibility do not lose this feed-in-tariff rate by shopping around for a better electricity deal. The scheme is not accepting new applications.

On-supply customers

On-selling electricity refers to an arrangement where the owner, occupier or user of a premises supplies and sells electricity to the occupants of the premises (the receivers).

There are Queensland specific pricing and consumer protections in place for on-supply customers, including:

  • limitations on the amount the on-seller can charge for electricity;  
  • since 18 March 2016, a requirement for on-sellers to claim for government concessions on behalf of eligible pensioners or seniors.  

Digital meters

As part of deregulation, some electricity retailers may offer you a digital meter. Digital meters (also known as advanced meters or smart meters) are electricity meters which record electricity consumption in 30-minute intervals and can help you to better understand how and when you use electricity. Digital meters have remote communications  which can enable better services to customers such as monthly billing based on actual consumption, faster switching between electricity retailers, and faster service to customers moving in and out of premises. Call your electricity retailer to find out more.

Last updated:
4 November 2016

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