The latest findings from domestic energy consumption data have revealed that all of the English regions and Wales consumed less energy per household in 2011 than in 2005. The East Midlands had the highest average energy consumption per household from 2005 to 2011 and the South West had the lowest in all years except 2005 and 2010. 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
Regional differences in household energy consumption
Average household energy consumption in England and Wales decreased 24.7% between 2005 and 2011, from 26.2 megawatt hours (mWh) in 2005 to 19.7mWh in 2011. Within England and Wales, the East Midlands had the highest household energy consumption for every year in the period, but this decreased 29.4% from 39.0mWh per household in 2005 to 27.5mWh in 2011.
The East Midlands had the largest decrease in absolute terms (11.5mWh) but the West Midlands had the largest decrease in percentage terms at 30.0% (a fall from 29.0mWh to 20.3mWh).
Over the seven year period, the South West had the lowest average household energy consumption for five of these years. The only two years when the South West did not record the lowest energy consumption were 2005 and 2011, when Wales had the lowest energy consumption 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 East Midlands, and the smallest decreases in areas of London, the South West and Yorkshire and The Humber.
Map: Change in average household energy consumption in local areas 2005-11
- Boundaries are 2001 MSOA boundaries
These statistics were analysed by the Area Based Analysis team at the ONS 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.