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.
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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 http://www.directenergy.com
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, Jeff.Lanthier@directenergy.com
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