Survey about energy consumption

A MAJOR survey of Queensland home owners will start next month to identify trends in household energy use patterns across the state.

The Queensland Household Energy Survey 2010 will provide a snapshot of current and potential future energy demands and assist with electricity network planning in the short and long term.

Ergon Energy general marketing manager Steve Munnings said results of the 2010 survey would assist Ergon Energy, ENERGEX and Powerlink to look at options to address soaring peak electricity demand across Queensland – which was continuing to grow at rates well above national averages.

“Much of this can be attributed to these lifestyle changes including air-conditioning, energy intensive televisions, pool filters and a range of other equipment in the home,” he said.

A similar survey conducted last year showed that while Queenslanders said they were keen to make inroads into cutting their energy use comfort, entertainment and lifestyle factors were higher priorities.

The 2009 survey found that Queenslanders were increasingly filling their homes with air-conditioners and a raft of high energy consuming appliances.

About 3500 Queenslanders are expected to be surveyed in November.

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