Lighting consumes approximately 12 per cent of the average household electricity. Most households could reduce the amount of energy they use for lighting by 50 per cent or more by choosing more efficient technologies.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) globes are the most energy efficient lights on the market.

Light Conversion Table


LED (lumens)

CFL (lumens)

Halogen (lumens)

25 W

250 (3 - 4 W)

230 (4 - 6 W)

215 (18 W)

40 W

500 (6 - 8 W)

430 (7 - 9 W)

415 (28 W)

60 W

800 (9 - 13 W)

740 (10 - 14 W)

700 (42 W)

75 W

1100 (12 - 18 W)

970 (13 - 17 W)

925 (52 W)


Water Heating








Computers and Monitors


Fridges and Freezers

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Clothes Dryers

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Washing Machines

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Our Top Ten Tips

  1. Use the Energy Rating Label and Energy Rating Calculator at to help you choose products that provide the best value for money (initial purchase price plus ongoing running costs). You can adjust usage assumptions on the calculator to suit your own circumstances.
  2. Avoid the lure of upgrading to bigger products or those with features you may never use. You could be locked in to higher running costs for years to come.
  3. Target the biggest sources of energy use around your home first—such as hot water, heating and cooling.
  4. Install appliances according to manufacturer instructions, and keep them well maintained.
  5. Operate the appliance for the shortest amount of time possible and turn it off at the wall.
  6. Zone your home. Only heat or cool and light rooms you are using.
  7. Purchase LED or CFL lamps – they use significantly less energy, last 5-10 times longer and can save between $71 and $91 each year per household.
  8. If you have a swimming pool or a spa, select an energy efficient pump, use a timer on the pump, and use a well-fitting pool cover to reduce water and heat loss.
  9. Compare electricity suppliers to check you are getting the best deal on your rates.
  10. Find out about energy efficiency programs in your State or Territory that can help in purchasing efficient products.


More Information 
Information on saving energy, cutting power bills and water use, and government assistance
Information about how to design, build and live in an environmentally sustainable home
Understand your home electricity use and compare against others, and learn about energy related topics