Changing times that you use your electric appliances can make a huge difference!

Everyone wants to reduce the cost of their power bills. Turning off appliances when not in use, drying clothes on a line and shifting when you use your electrical appliances, such as your washing machine and dish washer, during different times of the day, can have a significant impact on your power bills; saving you money and the planet!

Did you know if you run an electric appliance in Peak electricity tariff times, you’ll pay upwards of 53 cents per kWh!

If you run the same electric appliance in Off-Peak Times, you’ll pay approximately 15 cents per kWh – that’s a big saving! The shoulder tariff times cost around 24 cents per kWh which is still a substantial savings over the peak tariff times. (Electricity rates in New South Wales Australia in Feb 2018. Check with your local electricity supplier for their tariff variations and times).

Try to minimise your electricity usage during peak times. And, keep the heat setting to zero so that you are not paying for the heating of the water for every wash. Weekends are ideal times to do the washing as much of the time is shoulder tariff times.

Peak Electricity Times

Shoulder Electricity Traffic Times


Off-Peak Electricity Tariff Times

Monday to Friday between 2.00pm until 8.00pm

Monday to Friday between 7.00am until 2.00pm and
Monday to Friday between 8.00pm to 10.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday between 7.00am and 10.00pm

Monday to Friday between 10.00pm and 7.00am
Saturday and Sunday between 10.00pm and 7.00am

Typical Household Energy Use

Each household is different. Energy use varies throughout the year and depends on a number of factors such as how many people in the household, the type of dwelling, one or two storey, and the number and age of appliances in use.

Typical Electricity Use

Based on the results of the IPART 2015 survey of households in Sydney, Hunter, Gosford, Riverina and North Coast, we know that larger households tend to use more electricity than smaller ones. Typically, if they don’t use gas:

  • Households with 1-2 residents use about 1,300 kWh of electricity per quarter;
  • Households with 3-4 residents use about 2,100 kWh of electricity per quarter; and
  • Households with 5 or more residents use at least 2,500 kWh of electricity per quarter.

How Much Does Your Household Use?

Not sure how much electricity your household is consuming? How do you compare to other households? For a detailed review of your how much electricity your household is using give Solar Australia a call on 1300 000 SOLAR (1300 000 76527). We will sit down and talk you through your power bills and how you can start saving today with solar energy.