Energy sources

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Do you think Australia should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the following sources?

 

 

More emphasis

Same emphasis

Less emphasis

Don’t know

Solar power

70%

21%

3%

5%

Wind

60%

26%

8%

6%

Hydro

46%

39%

6%

9%

Gas

23%

47%

22%

8%

Nuclear power

18%

26%

41%

15%

Coal

9%

31%

53%

8%

70% think Australia should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power and 60% think there should be more emphasis on wind power. A majority (53%) think there should be less emphasis on producing energy from coal.

There were few significant differences across demographic groups. Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to want more emphasis on solar (74%) and less emphasis on coal (64%).

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.