THE more children you have, the more likely you are to own a plasma TV. The more money you have, the more likely you are to have an energy-saving LCD TV and front-loader washing machine – and to use public transport.
The further you are from Melbourne, the more likely you are to have a rainwater tank and insulation in your walls as well as your roof. The closer you are, the more likely you are to use public transport – especially if you’re young.
But an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of Victorian households’ energy and water use skewers the myth that solar panels are mostly going up on the roofs of the well-off. The survey found income had little effect on solar take-up.
Rather, whether you use solar panels depends on where you live, whether you own or rent and, above all, how new your home is. The survey found 30 per cent of homes built since 2009 have solar hot water systems, and 8 per cent have solar-generated electricity.
People living in the country are twice as likely to have solar panels on their roofs as people in Melbourne – and half of Melbourne’s panels are soaking up the sun in outer western suburbs, the outer east, and the Mornington Peninsula. And 94 per cent of all Victoria’s solar panels sit on owner-occupied homes, which form 71 per cent of our housing stock.
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