Friday, February 13, 2015

Solar Power

One in five Australian households now use solar energy, according to data released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ABS spokesperson Karen Connaughton said that when data was first collected in 2011, the numbers were pretty small at around five per cent of households. "Jump just three years to 2014, and solar panels are being used by fourteen per cent of all households”, she said. "Add in solar hot water heating and we're up to 19 per cent, so one in five households are now using some form of solar power.”

South Australia shines brightest, with 24 per cent of households using solar electricity. Queensland follows with 20 per cent, WA 16 per cent, Victoria 11 per cent, ACT and NSW both on 10 per cent, Tasmania at seven per cent and NT at six per cent.

"As you might expect in sunny Australia, three-quarters of Australian households use some form of cooling, with just under half choosing reverse cycle air conditioning and the remainder mostly split between refrigerated air conditioning and evaporative coolers”, Ms Connaughton said.

The hot spot for cooling was the Northern Territory, where 97 per cent of households had some form of cooling but in the ACT it seems you'd have to pry the heater from their cold, wintery hands as only a tiny one per cent of Canberrans reported not having heating.”

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