Gas (mains gas and LPG/bottled gas) was the second most common source of energy, used by 61% of Australian households in 2008. However, in the primary gas-producing states of Victoria and Western Australia, gas was used in nine out of ten households (90% and 87% respectively) (table 3.4).
For one in three Australian households, gas (mains or LPG/bottled gas) was the main source of energy used for space heating (31%) while 37% used gas for heating water (tables 3.8 and 3.10). Except for Tasmania, gas usage was more prevalent in capital cities (compared to the rest of the state). In all states, gas as a household energy source increased from 2002 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2008.
Tasmania had the lowest proportion of households using gas (16%).
Use in dwellings