Budgeting and your energy bill

Budgeting each month can be a tricky business, especially with several bills to pay. To help you understand your bill and energy use, we’ve broken down an average bill and other important living costs.

The average electricity bill

The average Ergon household customer uses 6,000kWh per year and spends around $500 per quarter or $167 a month on energy. Electricity makes up around four per cent of living costs for Queenslanders. See other living costs.

What contributes to your bill

The following appliances contribute the most to your energy bill:

Appliance% of home energy use
Air conditioning and heating40
Water heating21
Lighting6
Television6
Cooking5
Fridge and freezer (standard-size combined)5
Dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer2
Other appliances15

Other living costs

Other monthly living costs for an average family of four in Queensland include:

ExpenseAmount
Rent$1240
Food and drinks$1240
Health insurance$454
Car fuel$240
Mobile phones$20 to $150
Water and sewage$136
Car registration including CTP insurance$70
Car insurance$53

Need help paying your bill?

We have ways to help manage your budget and pay your bill on time. For more information, see our support programs or call us on 13 10 46 (7am – 6.30pm, Monday to Friday).

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