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Household energy consumption in England and Wales falls from 2005–11

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Domestic energy consumption data show decreases in all English regions and Wales

The latest findings from domestic energy consumption data have revealed that all of the English regions and Wales consumed less average energy per household in 2011 than in 2005. The South West had the lowest average energy consumption per household from 2005 to 2011 while households in the North West had the highest average energy consumption between 2005 and 2009. This can be seen in the chart below together with the trend in average household energy consumption in England and Wales overall.

Chart: Average household energy consumption in English regions and Wales 2005–11

Chart: Average household energy consumption in English regions and Wales 2005–11
Source: Energy and Climate Change

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Regional differences in household energy consumption

Average household energy consumption in England and Wales decreased 22.3% between 2005 and 2011, from 20.7 megawatt hours (MWh) in 2005 to 16.1MWh in 2011. Within England and Wales, the West Midlands had the largest fall in household energy consumption over the period, as this decreased 26.9% from 22.5MWh per household in 2005 to 16.5MWh in 2011. This was closely followed by the North West where households in this region consumed 26.5% less energy on average in 2011 than in 2005.

Over the seven year period, the South West had the lowest average household energy consumption for all years. Wales had the second lowest energy consumption per household in 2011 (14.9MWh), a fall of 23.1% since 2005 when the figure was 19.4MWh per household.

Household energy consumption in small areas

At a local geographical level, there was also decreasing household energy consumption between 2005 and 2011. The map shows the results of our analysis of small areas in England and Wales (Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs)). We can see that the vast majority of households within these areas had a decrease in average energy consumption, with the largest decrease in many parts of the West Midlands and North West, and the smallest decrease in areas of London, the South West and Yorkshire and The Humber.

Map: Change in average household energy consumption in local areas 2005-11

Change in average household energy consumption in local areas 2005-11
Source: Energy and Climate Change

Notes:

  1. Boundaries are 2001 MSOA boundaries

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These statistics were analysed by the Office for National Statistics using domestic energy consumption data compiled by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and published on the Neighbourhood Statistics Service website. If you’d like to find out more about the latest energy statistics read the full article. If you have any comments or suggestions, we’d like to hear them! Please email us at: better.info@ons.gsi.gov.uk.  

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