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Household fuel type

In 2013, 3.1% of households in the Wellington City 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 City20132006Change
Household fuel type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idWood12,02416.928.913,63220.131.9-1,608
Bottled Gas
4,0655.79.69,63014.221.4-5,565
Coal
1,1941.72.02,3673.53.9-1,173
map this data in atlas.idElectricity59,80884.280.256,68583.777.3+3,123
Solar Power
5430.81.14200.60.8+123
Mains Gas
19,66527.723.920,75730.727.2-1,092
Other Fuel(s)
5370.81.06781.01.2-141
No fuels
2,1783.12.11,4492.11.6+729

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 City20132006Change
Household fuel type - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included3,1774.54.62,7364.03.6+441
Total households71,004100.0100.067,710100.0100.0+3,294
Total responding households67,82795.595.464,97496.096.4+2,853
Total responses103,191145.3153.3108,354160.0169.0-5,163

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, 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% No fuels, Wellington City: 3.1% Other Fuel(s), Wellington City: 0.8% Mains Gas, Wellington City: 27.7% Solar Power, Wellington City: 0.8% Electricity, Wellington City: 84.2% Coal, Wellington City: 1.7% Bottled Gas, Wellington City: 5.7% Wood, Wellington City: 16.9%
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 City: +729 Other Fuel(s), Wellington City: -141 Mains Gas, Wellington City: -1,092 Solar Power, Wellington City: +123 Electricity, Wellington City: +3,123 Coal, Wellington City: -1,173 Bottled Gas, Wellington City: -5,565 Wood, Wellington City: -1,608
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 City compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of households using electricity to generate heat, and a higher proportion of households which did not use heating.

Overall 84.2% of households used electricity to generated heat, and 3.1% did not use heating, compared with 80.2% and 2.1% respectively in the Wellington Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of households using electricity to generate heat (84.2% compared to 80.2%)
  • A larger percentage of households using mains gas to generate heat (27.7% compared to 23.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of households using wood to generate heat (16.9% compared to 28.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of households using bottled gas to generate heat (5.7% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bottled Gas (-5,565 households)
  • Electricity (+3,123 households)
  • Wood (-1,608 households)

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