Aussie households spent more on energy than mining industry

Jacob Joseph 11 February 2016


We also spend more on petrol than electricity.

Australian households spend $47 billion on energy including $16 billion on electricity and $25 billion on petroleum products, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Steven May, ABS director of the Centre of Environment Statistics, said Aussie households spend more on energy than either mining, manufacturing or service industries between 2008-2009 and 2013-2014.

The table below shows how our energy consumption has changed over time. It measures total consumption (in PJ) by households for a range of energy sources.

Natural Gas159155151148144141
Wood and wood waste525353535658
Solar energy13131211108


The total energy use by Aussie households increased by 13% from 2002-2003 to 2013-2014. This increase is result of increases in population and the number of households. Population and Australian households climbed 19% and 21%, respectively. Now could be a time to reconsider your options and decide whether your current energy supplier is still meeting your needs.

Petrol use has plateaued since 2008 but the consumption of diesel has risen substantially. As demand for petrol increases, diesel has become the more affordable option for Australians.

Interestingly, solar energy use in Australia jumped higher in recent years. Australia actually records the most amount of solar radiation per square metre out of all the continents.. More than two million households now have solar-heated hot water systems or solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their roofs.

A report from the Energy Supply Association of Australia found about 15% of Australian homes had solar panels.

The report found that solar panel installations are popular in affluent suburbs, particularly with retirees and mortgage-belt consumers who are potentially more price conscious.

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One Response to Aussie households spent more on energy than mining industry

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    | February 16, 2016

    Article which require political attacks.
    Does it not seem strange that:

    1. The Carbon Tax repealed and electricity prices did not fall.
    2. Oil price less than one third now compared to a few years ago. Petrol price should be closer 60 cents….not $1.20

    It’s pretty obvious really. This government has a financial arrangement with the coal industry. The energy companies form a part of that arrangement. This is CORRUPTION by any other name as the fossil fuel industry does not elect governments and public money pays politicians. So why should the public not expect that the government WORKS FOR IT?

    If the above were in private industry then there would be people in jail for such behaviour. In public office they just get promoted with higher pay. So where is the ‘Free Press’ we hear about………??? MIA.

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