How much electricity use can you get for $1?


Boiling your kettle, using your washing machine or charging your phone are everyday uses of household electricity, yet we don’t always think about the connection between those activities and what we pay for our electricity use.

We did some research using common household examples to show what a dollar’s worth of electricity use* looks like. You might be surprised at what’s revealed!

Starting in the kitchen, $1 of electricity gets you:      

4 dishwasher cycles, or 67 hours of running your fridge, or boiling your kettle 25 times.

Moving into the family and lounge room, $1 of electricity gets you:   

10 months of charging your smart phone, or 24 hours of TV time, or 89 hours on a laptop or 18 hours on a desktop computer.

Around the house, with your heating, cooling and lighting, for $1 you get 231 hours’ use of a ceiling fan, or 3 hours of heating or cooling through a split system, or 297 hours of LED lighting or 59 hours of incandescent lighting.


More details

Surprised, or were our findings what you expected? You can download our information sheet as a handy reference and see how we got to these figures:

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You can also take some simple steps to help reduce  your energy use, such as switching appliances off at the wall when they’re not in use or close doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to heat or cool.

*These examples assume a usage charge of 28c/kWh (incl. GST), which is based on a simple average of EnergyAustralia’s peak anytime (flat rate) residential usage tariffs for Total Plan in the areas we supply electricity (VIC, NSW, SA, QLD and ACT). Excludes discounts and supply to property charges. Rate is current as of Sept 2021. Our figures are based on typical new appliances with energy consumption values sourced from unless otherwise stated. Figures are indicative only and have been rounded to nearest whole number. Actual running costs of your appliances may vary due to factors including age, size and model of the appliance, how it is used, where you live and the tariff(s) you pay for electricity usage. Customers with time-of-use or demand tariffs may be able to take advantage of cheaper rates by using appliances in off-peak periods.