Nearly All Ontarians Say Home Energy Efficiency Is Important, But The Majority Need To Take Steps To Prepare For The Winter

Nearly All Ontarians Say Home Energy Efficiency Is Important, But The Majority 
Need To Take Steps To Prepare For The Winter Chill 
TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Ninety-seven per cent of Ontarians claim that 
home energy efficiency is a top priority for them, according to a recent 
survey conducted for Direct Energy.  As temperatures begin to fall across the 
province, Direct Energy wants to ensure that homeowners are prepared with the 
right information to get their home in top shape for the winter season. 
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"Energy efficiency upgrades and improvements do not have to be daunting tasks. 
In fact, homeowners can take control of their energy bills and potentially 
save money by following simple steps and making small changes around the 
home," said Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas for Direct Energy. "Sealing up 
air leaks around windows and baseboards, and regularly maintaining your 
furnace and replacing filters are easy - and low cost - ways to save on 
monthly heating bills." 
While the majority of homeowners say that an energy efficient home is 
important to them, the survey also showed that a significant percentage of 
Ontarians are not taking the right steps to achieve that goal. For example, 
sixty-nine per cent of Ontario homeowners do not lower the temperature when 
the house is empty, and only 4 in 10 lower the temperature overnight. Simply 
knocking down the temperature by two degrees when no one is home or when you 
are sleeping can make a significant impact on annual energy costs. 
"Programmable thermostats are a great way to control the temperature inside 
the home and they aren't expensive to buy and install," added Walton.  
"Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it based on your living 
patterns to reduce your energy usage is one of the easiest ways to regulate 
your heat and ensure energy efficiency." 
Additional findings from the Direct Energy survey reveal that twenty-eight per 
cent of Ontarians do not have a high efficiency furnace installed in their 
home, which is one of the most significant ways to maintain energy efficiency 
around the home. The survey also showed that when it comes to regular home 
maintenance, only thirty-three per cent of homeowners have their air ducts 
cleaned, and less than that (9%) have energy audits completed on their homes. 
What's more interesting is that the survey also found a pattern among younger 
homeowners.  Overall, results revealed that they are less likely to include 
energy efficient steps in their home maintenance: 


    --  Only twenty-three per cent of homeowners between the ages of
        18-34 lower their temperature overnight.
    --  Only approximately half (56%) ensure windows and doors are
        properly sealed.
    --  When it comes to furnace maintenance, eight per cent of younger
        homeowners admitted to never having changed their furnace
        filters.

"It's important for new or first-time homeowners to be educated about keeping 
their home energy efficient, as this may be the first time they are 
responsible for a home's upkeep," stresses Walton.  "Many new homeowners may 
not even be aware of the potential savings on their energy bills by following 
simple home maintenance steps."

For Direct Energy hot water heater customers and protection plan subscribers, 
the recently launched Same Day Service program will provide peace of mind 
during the cold winter months.  If Direct Energy receives a call from a 
customer who doesn't have heat or hot water as late as 5pm, Direct Energy 
promises to do everything they can to have a reliable and trained technician 
be there the very same day. For more information, please visit 
DirectEnergy.com/SameDay.

For more information on:

Energy efficiency tips and hints to reduce your energy usage and your energy 
bill:

http://residential.directenergy.com/EN/energy-efficiency/Ontario/Pages/Energy-E
fficiency-Tips-and-Hints-Fall.aspx

Direct Energy Home Service s Protection Plans

http://residential.directenergy.com/EN/Home-Services/ontario/Pages/Protection-P
lans/protection-plans.aspx

Direct Energy old furnace buy-back offer:

http://residential.directenergy.com/EN/Home-Services/ontario/Pages/Furnace-Heat
ing/furnace-replace.aspx

About the Survey From September 12th to September 14th 2012 an online survey 
was conducted among 800 randomly selected adult Ontario residents who are 
Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling 
variability—is +/- 3.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been 
statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender 
and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult 
population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

About Direct Energy Direct Energy is North America's largest provider of 
heating & cooling, plumbing and electrical services and a leading energy and 
energy-related services provider with over eight million residential and 
commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with 
choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of 
innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one 
of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 
46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To 
learn more about Direct Energy, please visit http://www.directenergy.com

For further information on home energy efficiency tips or to book an interview 
with Dave Walton: Jeff Lanthier, Direct Energy, +1-905-943-6260, 
Jeff.Lanthier@directenergy.com

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