4602.3 - Queensland Water and Energy Use and Conservation, Oct 2009 Quality Declaration 
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SPACE COOLING - AIR CONDITIONERS

In October 2009, there were 1,654,000 households in Queensland. One third of these (33% or 548,300) used only one air conditioner for cooling. A further 34% (563,700) used two or more air conditioners for cooling.

Space cooling by selected household characteristics

Tenure type

The proportion of Queensland households in October 2009 using only one air conditioner for cooling was stable across all tenure types. The proportion of households using two or more air conditioners for cooling changed depending on the type of tenure.

Of households that owned their dwelling outright, 37% (201,900) used two or more air conditioners for cooling, and 41% (241,900) of households paying their dwelling off used two or more for cooling. In comparison, 23% (111,700) of households that rented their dwelling used two or more air conditioners for cooling.

Of households paying off their dwelling, 25% (145,200) did not have air conditioners or did not use any for cooling. The proportion was greater for households that owned their dwelling outright (30% or 166,100). There were 217,600 households that rented their dwelling that did not have air conditioners or did not use any for cooling, which was 45% of all households renting their dwelling (table 3.15).

Proportion of households, Number of air conditioners used for cooling - Tenure type: Qld - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of households, Number of air conditioners used for cooling—Tenure type: Qld—Oct. 2009


Annual household income

The proportion of Queensland households in October 2009 using only one air conditioner for cooling was stable across the different levels of household income. By contrast, the proportion of households using two or more air conditioners for cooling increased as household income increased. The proportion of households that did not have air conditioners, or did not use any for cooling, decreased as household income increased.

Only 21% (69,600) of households with an annual income of less than $25,000 used two or more air conditioners for cooling, compared with 47% (126,500) of households with an annual income of $110,000 or more.

Only 20% (54,800) of households with an annual income of $110,000 or more did not have air conditioners or did not use any for cooling, compared with 45% (147,500) of households with an annual income of less than $25,000 (table 3.16).

Proportion of Households, Number of air conditioners used for cooling, Annual household income: Qld - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of Households, Number of air conditioners used for cooling, Annual household income: Qld—Oct. 2009


Families with dependent children

Of the 101,900 lone parent families with dependent children, 26% (26,000) used one air conditioner for cooling, while 29% (29,900) used two or more air conditioners for cooling.

There were 440,000 couple families with dependent children, and 32% (140,800) of those used one air conditioner for cooling while 44% (193,600) used two or more air conditioners for cooling (table 3.17).

Proportion of Selected household family types, Number of air conditioners used for cooling: Qld - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of Selected household family types, Number of air conditioners used for cooling: Qld—Oct. 2009

3.15 NUMBER OF AIR CONDITIONERS USED FOR COOLING, Tenure type: Qld - Oct. 2009

One
air conditioner
Two or more
air conditioners
None or
not applicable(a)
Total

Number ('000)
Owned outright
182.3
201.9
166.1
550.3
Being paid off
199.4
241.9
145.2
586.5
Rented(b)
156.9
111.7
217.6
486.2
Other
9.7
*8.3
13.0
31.0
Total
548.3
563.7
542.0
1 654.0
Proportion (%)
Owned outright
33.1
36.7
30.2
100.0
Being paid off
34.0
41.2
24.8
100.0
Rented(b)
32.3
23.0
44.7
100.0
Other
31.3
26.7
42.0
100.0
Total
33.2
34.1
32.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Household has no air conditioners or does not use any air conditioners for cooling.
(b) Includes rent free.

3.16 NUMBER OF AIR CONDITIONERS USED FOR COOLING, Annual household income: Qld - Oct. 2009

One
air conditioner
Two or more
air conditioners
None or
not applicable(a)
Total

Number ('000)
Less than $25,000
110.5
69.6
147.5
327.6
$25,000 to less than $50,000
130.0
103.7
142.6
376.3
$50,000 to less than $70,000
83.2
94.1
81.4
258.8
$70,000 to less than $110,000
115.5
146.3
90.2
352.0
$110,000 or more
90.3
126.5
54.8
271.6
Total(b)
548.3
563.7
542.0
1 654.0
Proportion (%)
Less than $25,000
33.7
21.3
45.0
100.0
$25,000 to less than $50,000
34.5
27.6
37.9
100.0
$50,000 to less than $70,000
32.2
36.4
31.5
100.0
$70,000 to less than $110,000
32.8
41.6
25.6
100.0
$110,000 or more
33.2
46.6
20.2
100.0
Total(b)
33.2
34.1
32.8
100.0

(a) Household has no air conditioners or does not use any air conditioners for cooling.
(b) Includes households with no income, amount of regular income not known and refusals.



3.17 NUMBER OF AIR CONDITIONERS USED FOR COOLING, Family composition: Qld - Oct. 2009

One
air conditioner
Two or
more
air conditioners
None or
not applicable(a)
Total

Number ('000)
Person living alone
127.9
69.1
151.1
348.1
Couple only
161.5
170.8
127.3
459.6
Couple family with dependent children(b)
140.8
193.6
105.6
440.0
Lone parent family with dependent children(b)
26.0
29.9
46.0
101.9
All other households(c)
92.1
100.4
112.0
304.4
Total
548.3
563.7
542.0
1 654.0
Proportion (%)
Person living alone
36.7
19.8
43.4
100.0
Couple only
35.1
37.2
27.7
100.0
Couple family with dependent children(b)
32.0
44.0
24.0
100.0
Lone parent family with dependent children(b)
25.5
29.4
45.1
100.0
All other households(c)
30.2
33.0
36.8
100.0
Total
33.2
34.1
32.8
100.0

(a) Household has no air conditioners or does not use any air conditioners for cooling.
(b) Includes households with additional members (related and not related).
(c) Includes other one family households, multiple family households, group households and households which could not be determined.





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