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4602.0.55.001 - Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2011   
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Almost every household in Australia (99.8%) used mains electricity as a source of energy inside their dwelling. Nearly half (48%) used mains gas. Mains gas as a source of energy inside dwellings was most common in Victoria (82%). Furthermore, a higher proportion of households in capital cities used mains gas inside their dwelling compared with households outside capital cities (63% for capital cities and 23% for outside capital cities). Outside capital cities, LPG/bottled gas was more commonly used compared with households in capital cities (29% and 10% respectively). (Tables 6 and 7)

Just over half of hot water systems in Australian households were electric (52%) in 2011 while around a third were mains gas (36%). Of all hot water systems, less than one in ten were solar powered (8%). Northern Territory had the highest proportion of households with solar hot water systems (46%) followed by Western Australia (21%). (Tables 8 and 9)

Graph: shows solar heated hot water systems were most common in NT followed by WA.

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