National report: Australians trying to use less electricity

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The federal government released its State of Australian Cities 2011 yesterday (October 20), which has detailed the progress being made by households when it comes to energy efficiency.

According to Anthony Albanese, minister for infrastructure and transport, many Australians have a renewed focus on reducing their carbon foot print and limiting the impact of electricity prices on the household budget.

Albanese says: "Residents of Australia's major cities are using less electricity, leaving their car in garage more often in favour of catching public transport, producing less household waste and raising children who are staying at home until an older age."

Since 2006, Australians have been using less energy and have reduced pollution in major cities as a result.

Electricity still accounted for more than 75 per cent of all energy consumed in 2009 and 2010.

Transport and manufacturing were named as areas where Australians are using the most energy.

Interestingly, the report highlights that more energy is used in the construction of a building than one year of people living or working within it upon completion.

With energy friendly patterns of behaviour likely to continue, Australia may see further reductions in household consumption - and a drop in energy bills as a result.

Posted by Charlie Moore