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Consumer Trends, Q4 2011 - Energy Consumption, 2007 -2011 This product is designated as National Statistics

Released: 28 March 2012 Download PDF

Abstract

UK household spending on energy consumption 2007 - 2011.

Energy Consumption 2007 - 2011

Figures from the Office for National statistics show UK household spending on energy consumption increased 23.5 per cent from £28.8 billion in 2007 to £35.6 billion in 2011, when the very first Earth Hour event took place.

However the statistics show that since 2007, UK energy consumption in volume terms (seasonally adjusted) has fallen by 11.3 per cent . The chart shows households cut back in volume terms in 2009 and in 2011 but are still spending more than in 2007. 

The estimates presented have been seasonally adjusted, but UK energy consumption is obviously affected by the prevailing weather conditions for the time of year.

Figure 1: Energy - Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels

Figure 1:  Energy - Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels
Source: Office for National Statistics

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Electricity

In the period between Q4 2007 and Q4 2011, UK electricity consumption in current price (seasonally adjusted) terms increased 27.4 per cent, from £2.9 billion to £3.6 billion. However, over the same period, UK electricity consumption in volume terms (seasonally adjusted) fell by 8.2 per cent.

Figure 2: Electricity

Figure 2:  Electricity
Source: Office for National Statistics

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Mains gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas

In the period Q4 2007 to Q4 2011, UK mains gas consumption in current price (seasonally adjusted) terms increased 13.9 per cent, from £4.4 billion  to £5.0 billion. However, over the same period, UK mains gas consumption in volume terms (seasonally adjusted) has decreased 33.3 percent.

Figure 3: Mains Gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas

Figure 3:  Mains Gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas
Source: Office for National Statistics

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Fuel and Lubricants for personal transport equipment

Consumer Trends statistics also provide consumption estimates for UK fuel for personal transport equipment. In the period Q4 2007 to Q4 2011, consumption of fuel for personal transport equipment, in current price (seasonally adjusted) terms increased 12.6 per cent, from £7.7 billion  to £8.7 billion.  However, over the same period, consumption of fuel for personal transport equipment, in volume terms (seasonally adjusted) has decreased 13.2 per cent.

Figure 4: Vehicle Fuels and Lubricants

Figure 4:  Vehicle Fuels and Lubricants
Source: Office for National Statistics

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