Tracking your electricity use can pay off
When you set out to reach a goal, a good way to start is to create a plan of how you’ll reach it, and track your progress along the way. For example, meeting daily step targets unlocks greater fitness goals, tracking spending in a monthly budget helps you reach that year-end savings objective, keeping an eye on your weekly screen time – you get the idea.
So why not apply the same principle to your electricity use?
Get clarity on your electricity use by tracking your habits
Keeping an eye on your consumption and logging in to MyHydro regularly allows you to recognize your regular electricity use patterns and help you identify ways to save. Monitoring your progress throughout the month means there won’t be any surprises when you get your electricity bill and you can take pride in each step you took to lower your bill along the way.
Four ways to track your usage:
Check out how your usage fluctuates based on what you’re doing throughout the day. Look for spikes (the highest bars) and think about what activities you were doing at those peak hours, like cooking a large meal or catching up on laundry. You can also look at how much electricity you’re using at night while you’re sleeping, which typically represents your “always on” appliances and systems.
Usage over the weekend typically looks different than weekdays, depending on your routine. For example if you work or study from home, or tackle activities that use a lot of electricity during the week, like laundry or meal prep, you’re likely to see higher usage during the week than on the weekend.
See how your usage compares week over week throughout the month. Keep an eye on the projected cost of your electricity use at the end of the billing period.
The most common reason for a high bill is a change in season or outside temperate. Check your usage each month to see how the average outdoor temperature influences your usage. Apply this comparison and look at how the blue bars of your usage change in relation to the temperature line.
Get purposeful with saving electricity
You already turn off the lights when you leave the room, and you only run large loads of laundry, but what else can you do to save energy?
While these small behaviours will certainly add up over time, you’ll also want to identify when you’re using the most electricity and find ways to save. Start by exploring our range of everyday no-cost tips that you can easily incorporate into your household habits to save energy.
For example, if you notice your largest spikes happen around dinner time, try preparing meals in a small appliance, such as a toaster oven or slow cooker rather than using a larger appliance, like your oven. If laundry day is your largest spike, try hanging some of your laundry to dry or consider investing in an ENERGY STAR dryer. Learn the ins and outs of hang drying laundry.
As you make smart energy choices, log in to MyHydro and see what kind of impact you notice.
Set up email alerts to stay on track
We can all use a friendly reminder to stay on top of our energy saving goals. Set up email alerts for a gentle nudge to help you stay on track.
We have two types of alerts you can opt-in to:
Step 2 alert: we’ll send you an email when your electricity use is halfway to reaching Step 2, and another email after you’ve reached it.
Log-in reminder: Set up a weekly or monthly reminder email to log in to check your electricity use to see how you’re tracking.
Monitor your progress and save
Keep on top of your electricity use with MyHydro and our online electricity tracking tools and use this information to make changes to reduce the amount of electricity you’re using.
Already have an account? Log in and see how you’re tracking this month.
While MyHydro will provide you with consumption data up until the previous day, you can dive deeper into your electricity use with a home energy monitor. These will allow you to immediately see changes in your electricity use as you turn appliances, heating or lighting on and off.