Change in gas/electricity usage

Dec 10, 2012

Q. And as far as you know, over the last few years, has your gas and/or electricity usage increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

Total increased

54%

Total decreased

16%

Increased a lot

24%

Increased a moderate amount

15%

Increased a little

15%

Stayed about the same

26%

Decreased a little

11%

Decreased a moderate amount

3%

Decreased a lot

2%

Don’t know

4%

54% say their power usage has increased over the last few years, 16% say it has decreased and 26% think it has stayed much the same.

Change in usage was similar across all ages except the 65+ group where 39% thought their usage had increased, 22% decreased and 38% stayed much the same.

Among Greens voters, 42% said their usage had increased, 24% decreased and 30% stayed much the same. There were no substantial differences across income groups.

56% of those with air conditioning or evaporative cooling said their power usage had increased compared with 45% of those without air conditioning or evaporative cooling.