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

Nearly All Alberta Homeowners Say Home Energy Efficiency Is Important, But The 
Majority Need To Take Steps To Prepare For The Winter Chill 
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Ninety-six per cent of Alberta 
homeowners 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. 
"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 
Alberta homeowners are not taking the right steps to achieve that goal. For 
example, only twenty-seven per cent of Alberta homeowners lower the 
temperature when the house is empty, and less than half 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 
"Programmable thermostats are a great way to control the temperature inside 
the home and they are not 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 forty per cent 
of Albertans 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 fifty per cent of homeowners have their air ducts cleaned, 
and much less than that (6%) 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 thirty-five per cent of homeowners between the ages of
        18-34 lower their temperature overnight.
    --  When it comes to furnace maintenance, just half of younger
        homeowners change their furnace filters every three to six
        months as recommended.
    --  Only thirty-six per cent have their air ducts cleaned.

"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 residents in Calgary and Edmonton, peace of mind during the cold winter 
months will soon be available with Direct Energy Home Services' Heating 
Protection Policy.  The new Heating Protection Policy will cover 24-hour 
emergency service by a licensed technician, annual maintenance, and parts for 
natural gas furnaces.  More information will be available as the service rolls 
out in Calgary and Edmonton over the next few weeks.

For more information on:

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

Direct Energy Furnace Maintenance Service

Receive up to $1,500 in Prepaid MasterCard® cards with the purchase of a 
Furnace, Air Conditioner & Rinnai Tankless Water Heater from Direct Energy

About the Survey From September 12th to September 14th 2012 an online survey 
was conducted among 801 randomly selected adult Alberta 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 Alberta. 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

For further information on home energy efficiency tips or to book an interview 
with Dave Walton, please contact Jeff Lanthier.

Jeff Lanthier, Direct Energy, +1-905-943-6260,

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