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Energy use at home

If you run a business from your home there's plenty you can do to lower your energy bills and a range of resources to help you save without compromising on comfort or reducing your businesses productivity.

Every home-based business is a little different. So the best place to start is by understanding how much energy you use each day for both your business and non-business uses and which energy saving actions will have the biggest impacts on these.

Things to consider include:

  • the size and features of your home
  • how much of your home is used for running your business
  • the energy efficiency of your appliances
  • the way you manage and use the equipment around your home.

You may want to take a fresh look at your energy use at home and look at our comprehensive guide to reduce your energy bills. The guide takes a step-by-step look at how much you can save, as well as a quick look at what's behind energy price increases and some pointers on the key factors affecting your bills. The next step is about making sense of your energy bill and identifying energy hot spots around the home so you know where to start. Step three is all about what you can do, including how to compare electricity and gas offers in your area, the pros and cons of off-peak hot water, smart meters and time-of-use pricing. There's information on energy-efficient appliances and some no cost energy saving actions you can take right now.

Shopping around to get the best deal on electricity and gas market offers is another way to reduce energy costs.