Track and manage your electricity use

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Use MyHydro to understand your usage

In the dark about your electricity use? Keeping an eye on your consumption in MyHydro allows you to spot patterns and identify ways to save. 

Log in to your account regularly to track and understand your electricity use – right down to the hour. The data comparison tools also allow you to discover how your household’s electricity habits have changed over time, with the seasons, and in comparison to your neighbours. 

Ready to up your knowledge, and lower your bill? Let’s walk through the tools available in MyHydro, and what you should be looking for as you dig into your data.  

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Examine your electricity use with our tracking tools 

Keeping track of your household’s electricity use is one of the best ways to understand how you’re using electricity and identify opportunities to save. 

Tracking usage in MyHydro
Track your electricity use by the month, day or hour in your MyHydro account.

Three ways to track your usage: 

Your hourly data is your best look at how your usage fluctuates based on what you’re doing throughout the day. Click the blue bars in your consumption graph to reveal this level of detail up to the previous day. 

What to look for: 

  • Look for spikes (the highest bars) and think about what activities you were doing during those peak hours, like running the dryer or cooking in the oven. 
  • Take a look at your overnight usage (typically the lowest bars). This represents your “always on” systems, like your fridge and thermostat, and idle electronics, like your PVR. See if there’s any efficiency to gain overnight.  

Your daily data over the past few weeks is a great way to understand how your consumption shifts with your weekly schedule. 

What to look for:

  • Is there a pattern of lower usage on weekdays and higher on weekends? This typically results from leaving home for school or work on weekdays, and being home more on weekends. 
  • Depending on your lifestyle, the weekday versus weekend difference may not be so noticable. 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. 

See how your usage compares week over week through the month. 

What to look for: 

  • Keep an eye on the projected cost of your electricity use at the end of the billing period.
  • If you want to take action to lower that projection before your next bill, take a look at our 21 no cost ways to save.

Comparing your consumption

The comparison tools available in MyHydro provide you with more context and a better understanding for how you're using electricity. 

Using comparison tools in MyHydro
Use the comparison tools in your MyHydro account to dive deeper into your electricity use.

Four ways to compare your electricity use: 

See how the average outdoor temperature influences your usage. Cold snaps in winter and heat waves in summer are the biggest contributors to increased usage, if you use electric systems to heat or cool. Apply this comparison and look at how the blue bars of your usage change in relation to the temperature line. 

Look at your electricity use compared to the same period last year to see how it’s changed. The average outdoor temperature can be a significant factor here, as well as things like house guests, renovations or lifestyle changes.

See how you stack up next to other homes in your area. Your comparison is based on the average electricity use of at least 30 similar homes nearby.

See how your electricity use is trending compared to the amount that would bring you into Step 2 as indicated by the green line. If your electricity use is nearing this line, you’re likely to start being charged at the higher tiered rate before you get your next bill.

See our energy saving tips for actions you can take to help reduce your usage.

Set up email alerts in MyHydro

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.
Adding alerts in MyHydro
Set up consumption alerts to avoid surprises when you receive your bill.

Dive deeper into your electricity use

Want to expand your learning beyond the consumption graphs? Use our cost calculator to understand the cost of running the individual appliances, lighting and electronics in your home. 

Or, consider investing in a device that allows for real-time tracking. Unlike the consumption graphs in MyHydro, which are generated by interval consumption values and can only show you hourly data up to the previous day, a home energy monitor allows you to immediately see changes in your electricity use as you turn appliances, heating or lighting on and off.

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