Save energy in the home

Last updated: 16 March 2022

By reducing the amount of energy you use at home, you will:

  • save money
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A bar graph showing household appliance energy use: Heating 38%, Water heating 15%, Refrigeration 11%, Home entertainment 7%, Lighting 6%, Cooking 5%, Cooling 4%, Dishwaters 2%, Washing machines and dryers 2%.

The above statistics are based on the Residential Baseline Study, 2016.

Running costs also depend on:

  • how efficient your appliance is
  • how efficiently your appliance is running
  • how you use your appliance and how often
  • the energy or gas rate you’re on.

Ways to reduce energy costs

Step 1: Buy energy efficient appliances

Energy efficient home appliances often cost more to buy. But they save money in the long run, as you spend less money to run them.

When you buy a new appliance, use the energy rating labels to compare models and lifetime running costs. The more stars the label has, the more energy efficient it is and the lower the running cost will be.

Understand energy rating labels.

Correctly dispose of old appliances

Make sure you dispose your unwanted appliances at your local e-waste drop off point to help protect the environment.

Learn about how to dispose of e-waste.

Step 2: Use home appliances efficiently

No matter how efficient your appliance is, you need to use it efficiently to save money on your energy bills.

Read how to use your home appliances efficiently:

Step 3: Consider a solar PV system

Install a solar PV system to generate electricity from the sun.

Learn about solar power.

Step 4: Get a better electricity or gas rate

To reduce your energy bills further, find a better rate with the Victorian Energy Compare website.

1 July 2019

Household energy action guide

The Household energy action guide offers simple, cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills by taking action around your home. Could you be doing more to save energy and money?