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Energy efficient behaviours decline & appliance replacement increases

Published: 23 Mar 2017 9:48am

Queenslanders are showing a decline in energy efficient behaviours and are adopting new technologies as they continue to replace old appliances.

These key trends were uncovered in the 2016 Queensland Household Energy Survey, conducted for Ergon Energy, Energex, Powerlink and Energy Queensland by research company Colmar Brunton.

The research found Queensland households are shifting from box to split system air conditioning and LED TVs and LED light bulbs replacing LCD or Plasma TVs and CFL light bulbs respectively.

The survey of 4,500 residents state-wide, shows a decline in energy efficient behaviours from recent years across all Queensland households, Energy Queensland Acting Chief Operations Officer Paul Jordon said.

“While new developments in household energy appliances will reduce demand on the network, other consumption factors will increase demand for power. It appears Queenslanders are less likely to consider their consumption during peak times and are increasingly using electronic cooking appliances during these hours,” he said.

The sole energy efficient behaviour which saw an increase in the 2016 survey was setting air conditioning temperatures to the advised 24/25 degrees, up to 59% from 54 per cent the previous year.

“The overall decline in energy efficient behaviour may be due to perception that it has little or no impact on electricity bills,” he said.

“Appliance use has increased in northern, central and outback regions but decreased in south-east Queensland suggesting a rising metropolitan lifestyle being enjoyed outside the home.”

The number of dishwashers and tablet computers present in Queensland households has grown rapidly to 62 percent from 59 percent and 61 from 53 per cent respectively, in the last year, demonstrating Queenslanders’ continual move toward increasingly time-efficient and mobile technologies.

With eight years of consumer data now accumulated, analysis and forecasting of consumption trends across the Queensland network is a prime function of the annual survey.

The next survey will be conducted in late 2017.

*Energy Queensland is the parent company of Ergon Energy and Energex.

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