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Wellington Region

Household fuel type

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.

Please note: There has been a significant change to the Census question for this topic, please refer the specific data note for more information. Stats NZ has given Main types of heating and fuel types used to heat dwellings data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'Mark as many spaces as you need to show which types of heating are used most often in this dwelling.'

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As as a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Household fuel type
Wellington Region20182013Change
Household fuel type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Wood48,79526.227.251,03328.831.3-2,238
Bottled Gas44,51423.919.157,52532.528.7-13,011
Coal5370.30.43,5552.02.1-3,018
Electricity135,59772.866.5141,92180.172.4-6,324
Solar Power570.00.01,9651.11.4-1,908
Mains Gas30.00.000.00.0+3
Other Fuel(s)1950.10.11,7401.01.1-1,545
No fuels5,0852.74.73,7022.13.6+1,383
Not stated/included14,4067.79.98,2864.76.0+6,120
Total households186,225100.0100.0177,162100.0100.0+9,063
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Household fuel type - Totals
Wellington Region20182013Change
Household fuel type - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Total households186,225100.0100.0177,162100.0100.0+9,063
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the types of fuels used by households in the Wellington Region, between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Bottled Gas (-13,011 households)
  • Electricity (-6,324 households)
  • Not stated/included (+6,120 households)

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