When was the last time you conducted an energy audit?

We all need electricity, but not all of us realise how much of it we use.

Consumers may not be aware that electricity suppliers can help them reduce their bill by conducting an energy audit.

An audit can identify areas in which energy efficiency can be increased in the home.

Your energy utilities company can send experts to your house and perform a detailed assessment - as well as make recommendations on how you can save both electricity and money.

Easy ways to reduce energy consumption can include switching to long-life fluorescent light bulbs.

Some appliances consume more electricity than others when left on standby.

Televisions and computers are commonly left on and the cumulative effect of this can add up to a significant amount of wasted energy.

Patterns of behaviour are also a big factor, such as remembering to turn off lights when you leave the room.

Another tactic includes turning off appliances at the wall when they're not in use - something most of us forget to do in the kitchen and living room.

By conducting an electricity audit, you can ensure that a professional opinion is guiding your household energy strategy.