HOUSEHOLDS across Cooma-Monaro spent 21 per cent more on energy costs per week last year than the average Australian home, a recent report has found.
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that in 2012 the average Australian household spent $39 per week on electricity and gas for their homes
However, in the coldest climate zone, which includes Cooma, costs were significantly higher at $47 per week.
According to the ABS the higher expenditure reflects the more extreme seasonal climatic conditions and heating needs.
Areas with a warm humid summer and a mild winter such as Brisbane spent the least amount on energy at about $30 per week.
"Households in the coldest climate zone - the ACT, Tasmania and parts of Victoria and NSW - had the highest overall costs, spending $47 per week on energy within their homes," Stephanie Cornes from the ABS said.
"By contrast, households in warm temperate regions, like Perth and parts of Sydney, had the lowest overall costs, spending $36 per week on energy.
"Households with solar electricity and/or solar hot water spent around $6 less each week than households who didn't have solar."
In the cool temperate climate zone, which includes Cooma Monaro is included, homes that had solar electricity and/ or solar hot water systems saved about $8 on energy per week compared to those who didn't who spent about $48.
Those who used electricity as their main energy source to heat their home spent $43 whereas those who had gas spent $52.
Households paying a mortgage also had the highest overall energy costs ($123 per week), while those renting from a state or territory housing authority spent less than half this amount ($56 per week).
"Owner households have different options to help manage their household energy costs. They reported higher rates of energy efficient characteristics within their home, such as solar systems, window treatments and gas hot water systems," Ms Cornes said.