Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2022) . . Page.. 3530 ..
Ginninderra electorate—wood heater survey
(Question No 944)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction, upon notice, on 14 October 2022:
(1) In relation to the wood fire heating survey referenced during question time on 12 October 2022, how many respondents were from the Ginninderra electorate.
(2) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the responses given by respondents living in Ginninderra.
Ms Vassarotti: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1) 464 respondents were from the Ginninderra electorate
2) A summary of results from this cohort is as follows (data is unweighted):
Wood heater ownership and use
• The majority of respondents do not have a wood heater in their home (86%), 6% say a wood heater is their main source of heating, 6% use one infrequently and 2% have one but never use it.
• Among wood heater owners, 28% installed this themselves, 20% upgraded the wood heater in their home, 47% say it was already installed when they moved in/purchased the home and 2% say someone else installed the wood heater (e.g. landlord).
Views on wood heaters
• Perspectives on whether wood heaters are a cheap/low-cost heating source are split. 32% of all respondents agree that they are a cheap/low cost source, 31% disagree, 23% are neutral and 14% cannot say.
• The majority of respondents (70%) believe wood heaters produce a unique type of heating/warmth while 12% disagree and 11% are neutral.
• 55% of all respondents enjoy using wood heaters/find them enjoyable while 24% disagree and 13% are neutral.
Steps taken to reduce smoke/remove wood heater
• The majority of wood heater owners say they take some steps in relation to their heater use with 84% using only dry, well-seasoned, treated wood, 81% using plenty of kindling to start a hot fire quickly and 78% having the air control fully open when starting a fire.
• 5% of wood heater owners are planning to replace or remove their wood heater in the next 12 months, while 34% say they are interested or considering it but not in the next 12 months, and 56% say they would never remove or replace their wood heater.
• Among those saying they would never replace or remove their wood heater, the main reasons given for this were liking the warmth and ambience of a wood fire (70%), feeling that other forms of heating are more expensive (30%), and only using the heater infrequently/on special occasions (28%).