Power use trends … what's changing?

Published: 10 Nov 2015 4:07pm

How does the energy use of home owners and tenants differ?

This is just one of the questions that will be answered when thousands of Queenslanders participate in the State’s largest annual research project of household energy use.

The seventh Queensland Household Energy Survey is starting this week with more than 3500 home owners and tenants being asked a range of key questions regarding current and planned energy use.

The survey aims to identify trends in household energy use patterns and energy-saving attitudes and awareness across the State.

Survey questions provide an insight into energy use patterns across Queensland, including:

  • Installation and use of air-conditioners
  • The surge in large screen, higher energy-intensive televisions
  • The growth in solar power.

The annual survey results provide a snapshot of current and potential future energy use that assists with efficient and effective electricity network planning.

The research will be conducted by Colmar Brunton on behalf of Queensland’s energy network companies Ergon Energy, Powerlink Queensland and Energex.

Previous surveys revealed the desire by residents to reduce their overall energy use and adopt energy efficiency measures and equipment, yet at the same time showed a surge in the number of higher energy-intensive appliances, especially air-conditioners, which underpin peak electricity demand.

Other insights included a continued interest in domestic solar electricity, increased use of energy efficient air-conditioners rather than electric bar and oil heaters for home heating and the increased adoption of LED and LCD technology.

To take part in this year’s survey, go to www.ergonenergy.qldenergysurvey.com.au.

The survey is due to close about mid-November. Survey participants can go in to a draw to win one of 20 $50 EFTPOS cards.

For more information on the survey, or to view last year’s results, go to www.ergon.com.au/qhes

Media Contact: Rod Rehbein
Phone: 4153 9813 or 0407 031 072

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