Smart meters: revolutionising electricity supply
2 Aug 2017
Smart meters are quickly replacing digital meters, providing customers with real-time data to inform their energy usage choices. Find out more.
12 August 2016
How electricity is measured
A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the amount of electricity produced or consumed in one hour.
In Australia, the typical daily usage of a common household is around 17,000 watt-hours of power. To calculate this from watts to kWh, it would equal around 17 kilowatt-hours.
= 1 watt
A 40 W lightbulb uses 40 watts of electricity.
= 1000 watts
The typical solar panel used by an Australian household can produce up to 2 kW of electricity.
= 1 million watts
The Cullerin Range wind farm north of Canberra - recently sold by Origin Energy - is capable of producing 30 MW of electricity.
= 1000 million watts
Origin's Eraring Power Station is Australia's largest power station and it has a total capacity of around 3 GW,