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The Wellington Region

Household fuel type

In 2013, 2.1% of households in the Wellington Region had no access to heating.

Household fuel type indicates the types of fuel used in occupied private dwellings, for heating purposes only (excludes cooking etc.). Fuel types that were used for at least some of the time are measured and does not indicate how long a particular fuel type was used or which was the most used fuel type.

Fuel type use is an infrastructure related topic and can look at the environmental sustainability of dwellings in a particular area, and also address topics such as particulate pollution and solar power uptake. Trends in this variable can be used to monitor energy use and efficiency and target new infrastructure projects.

The ability to heating to households is essential in the colder months and may be dependent on the age and type of the dwelling, as well as its location.

For more information please see related topics such as Household Income, Household Types, Dwelling Types and Housing Tenure.

Derived from the Census question:

'Mark as many spaces as you need to show which of the following are ever used to heat this dwelling; don’t ever use any form of heating in this dwelling, electricity, mains gas (from street), bottled gas, wood, coal, solar heating equipment, other fuel(s).'

Multi-response

Occupied private dwellings

Household fuel type
Wellington Region20132006Change
Household fuel type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Wood50,87428.931.353,34331.935.5-2,469
Bottled Gas16,8849.614.935,79921.426.8-18,915
Coal3,5462.02.26,4353.93.9-2,889
Electricity141,18380.272.5129,04577.368.6+12,138
Solar Power1,9531.11.41,3230.81.0+630
Mains Gas42,06623.914.845,45027.216.7-3,384
Other Fuel(s)1,7221.01.12,0581.21.4-336
No fuels3,6362.13.62,6911.62.7+945

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Household fuel type - Totals
Wellington Region20132006Change
Household fuel type - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included8,1544.65.96,0453.65.0+2,109
Total households176,133100.0100.0166,974100.0100.0+9,159
Total responding households167,97995.494.1160,92996.495.0+7,050
Total responses270,018153.3147.6282,189169.0161.7-12,171

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Household fuel type, 2013
Household fuel type, 2013 No fuels, North Island: 3.6% Other Fuel(s), North Island: 1.1% Mains Gas, North Island: 14.8% Solar Power, North Island: 1.4% Electricity, North Island: 72.5% Coal, North Island: 2.2% Bottled Gas, North Island: 14.9% Wood, North Island: 31.3% No fuels, Wellington Region: 2.1% Other Fuel(s), Wellington Region: 1.0% Mains Gas, Wellington Region: 23.9% Solar Power, Wellington Region: 1.1% Electricity, Wellington Region: 80.2% Coal, Wellington Region: 2.0% Bottled Gas, Wellington Region: 9.6% Wood, Wellington Region: 28.9%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household fuel type, 2006 to 2013
Change in household fuel type, 2006 to 2013 No fuels, Wellington Region: +945 Other Fuel(s), Wellington Region: -336 Mains Gas, Wellington Region: -3,384 Solar Power, Wellington Region: +630 Electricity, Wellington Region: +12,138 Coal, Wellington Region: -2,889 Bottled Gas, Wellington Region: -18,915 Wood, Wellington Region: -2,469
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of fuels used by households for heating in the Wellington Region compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of households using electricity to generate heat, and a lower proportion of households which did not use heating.

Overall 80.2% of households used electricity to generated heat, and 2.1% did not use heating, compared with 72.5% and 3.6% respectively in the North Island.

The major differences between the the types of fuels used for generating heat in the Wellington Region and the North Island is:

  • A larger percentage of households using mains gas to generate heat (23.9% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of households using electricity to generate heat (80.2% compared to 72.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of households using bottled gas to generate heat (9.6% compared to 14.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of households using wood to generate heat (28.9% compared to 31.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the types of fuels used by households in the Wellington Region, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Bottled Gas (-18,915 households)
  • Electricity (+12,138 households)
  • Mains Gas (-3,384 households)

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