How do I calculate my electricity usage?
Learn how to calculate the annual electricity usage for your home or business.
If you'd like to purchase GreenPower, it's a good idea to know how much electricity you are using on an annual basis.
How do I find my annual electricity usage from my bill?
If you already have a bill from your electricity retailer, finding your annual electricity usage is not too difficult. On your latest bill there is often an average daily usage figure in kWh. Multiply this number by 365 days and you have your average annual usage in kWh.
If this figure doesn't appear on your bill, the amount of electricity consumed is generally stated on the second page of your electricity bill (noting that each retailer's bill is a little different). It will usually have a title along the lines of "Total kWh used" for the billing period. The Federal Government Energy Made Easy website has a sample electricity bill to help you find your electricity cost and usage.
As most household or business usage varies throughout the year, you will need to gather all the bills for a year and add the numbers together. If.your business has multiple sites with separate billings, it will be necessary to add all the bills together to determine the annual use.
How do I estimate my annual electricity costs with GreenPower?
There are many electricity cost comparison tools available online. When using a comparison tool, make sure you select GreenPower.
The Australian Government's Energy Made Easy website is a good place to start. To compare offers that include GreenPower:
- complete the start page and click "Get started"
- fill in your basic information or estimates, or upload a bill, then click "Compare energy plans"
Once you have the first set of results you can change your preferences at the top of the page.
- under "What's important to you", click on "Refine by: Discounts, fees, payments & more"
- go to the "Only show plans with" options
- select GreenPower.
For most plans, you will still need to opt into getting GreenPower when signing up to a new energy plan.
Some state and territory governments also offer bill comparison services, such as Energy Switch in New South Wales.