4602.0.55.001 - Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2008  First Issue
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Solar energy was used by 7% of Australian households for heating water in 2008. This was a 61% increase from 2005 when 4% of households used solar energy for hot water systems.

Households in all states and territories had a noticeable increase in the use of solar for water heating between 2005 and 2008. More than half the households in the Northern Territory (54% in 2008) used solar energy to heat water, up from 42% in 2005 (graph 3.3 and table 3.11). Households in Western Australia were also significant users of solar energy with more than one in five (21%) using solar for hot water systems, up from 16% in 2005. The use of solar for hot water systems doubled between 2005 and 2008 in New South Wales (2.5% in 2005 to 5% in 2008) and increased in Victoria (1% in 2005 to 3% in 2008), albeit from a small base (table 3.11).

3.3 Solar hot water heating(a), Use in dwellings
Graph: 3.3 Solar hot water heating(a), Use in dwellings

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