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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Energy and water efficiency more important than price or brand: ABS
Australian households ranked energy star rating more important than price or brand when buying a refrigerator, freezer or clothes dryer according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Water efficiency rating was ranked first for washing machines, but price was ranked the most important factor in buying a heater.
This is a change since the last survey in 2002, which found that price was the most important factor for the majority of white goods, with energy efficiency overriding price only for dishwashers.
However, comfort rather than energy saving was the reason why nearly all (83%) householders had installed insulation in their homes - only 4% of households said they had installed insulation to save energy.
Continuing the comfort theme, the number of households with air-conditioning or evaporative cooling more than doubled between 1994 and 2008 - from almost a third (32%) to two-thirds (67%).
Some of the other key findings in the survey were:
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