4614.0.55.002 - Energy in Focus: Energy Efficiency of Australian Homes, Apr 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/04/2010  First Issue
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These articles examine energy efficiency in Australian households. This includes the use of renewable and green energy sources, the size and building characteristics of Australian homes and the selection and use of household appliances and white goods.
Use of Renewable Energy in Australian Homes
Includes: Fuels Used in Electricity Generation, Household Electricity Use, Use of Solar Hot Water, Willingness to pay for GreenPower
Solar energy was used by 7% of Australian households for heating water in 2008, nearly double the use in 2005 when 4% had solar hot water.
Characteristics of Australian Homes and Implications for Energy Efficiency
Includes: Number of Bedrooms per Home, Main Building Materials, Homes with Insulation, Window Treatments
Between 1994 and 2008, the number of homes with four or more bedrooms rose from 21 to 29%.
Use of Appliances and White Goods in Australian Homes
Includes: Use of Heaters and Coolers, Use of Washers, Factors Considered When Buying White Goods, Use of Energy Saving Lights
In 2005, heaters and coolers accounted for more that two-fifths (41%) of household energy use.