4602.0.55.001 - Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
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The proportion of households with dishwashers increased by 9 percentage points since 2005 (42% in 2005, 45% in 2008 and 51% in 2011). Dishwashers were more common in Australian Capital Territory households (67%) than in any other state or territory. The proportion of households with top loader washing machines decreased from 83% in 2005 to 68% in 2011. In contrast, the proportion of households with front loader washing machines increased from 13% in 2005 to 31% in 2011. (Tables 18 and 19)

Households were influenced by numerous factors when purchasing or replacing selected electrical appliances in the last 12 months:

    • Energy star ratings were considered by around half of all households when purchasing or replacing refrigerators (51%), separate freezers (42%), dishwashers (52%), washing machines (49%) and clothes dryers (53%)
    • Water efficiency ratings were considered by almost half of all households for dishwashers and washing machines (45% and 46% respectively)
    • Dimensions were considered to be influential by 31% of households for refrigerators
    • Features were considered by 24% of households for portable heaters
    • The brand name was considered to be an influential factor by 21% of Australian households for dishwashers. (Table 21)

The proportion of households with DVD players/recorders increased from 72% in 2005 to 87% in 2008, but then slightly decreased to 83% in 2011. Australian households with stereo systems dropped from 78% in 2005, to 59% in 2008, to 41% in 2011. (Table 22)

Laptops have overtaken desktop computers as the most common household computer. In 2011, 61% of Australian households had at least one laptop and 55% had at least one desktop computer. In contrast, in 2008, 38% had a laptop while 60% had a desktop computer. (Table 22)