Thermostat Control A Hot Button Issue In Ontario Homes

 TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ -- Ontarians are hot under the collar when it  comes to indoor temperature according to a Direct Energy survey. The results  of the survey released today show that one in five (21 per cent) Ontario  households cannot agree what temperature the thermostat should be set to. In  fact, of the options Ontarians were given, "thermostat wars" are the third  most common household dispute with 24 per cent indicating they have argued or  disagreed about it. Only disputes about the control of the television remote  (28 per cent) and cleaning the toilet (27 per cent) were more common. Not only  are Ontarians who share a thermostat disagreeing on the temperature, some are  sneaky about it -- 16 per cent admit they've changed the temperature when  their partner isn't looking.  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121004/MM87276LOGO  "With hot summer weather having finally arrived, it's common for Ontarians to  bicker over the temperature the thermostat is set to in their homes," said  Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas for Direct Energy. "With energy prices on  the rise, it's important for households to come to an agreement on temperature  now.  Ontarians should also remember that setting the thermostat to a lower  temperature is just one way of keeping the house cool and should be taking  advantage of other easy methods to stay comfortable and save money this  summer."  The Direct Energy survey found half (50 per cent) of Ontarians who share a  thermostat say they want to be the one in control of the thermostat because  they're concerned about energy costs. However, 83 per cent of Ontarians are  setting the thermostat at 23 degrees Celsius or less, which could end up  costing them this summer. In fact, every degree Celsius below 25 degrees will  add an extra three to five per cent to an energy bill.  "When the mercury rises, conflicts around home temperature don't have to,"  said Walton. "There are many ways to stay cool during the summer heat while  still saving money. From small changes to larger upgrades, Ontarians can take  control of their energy bills."  There are many ways to help reduce conflict around the thermostat, many of  which homeowners can implement themselves. Here are a few tips from Direct  Energy:        --  Install a programmable thermostat. Set the times and         temperatures to match your schedule. Also, consider setting the         thermostat to turn off your air conditioner at night when the         outdoor temperature cools down. Better yet, consider installing         a "smart" thermostat. These devices will begin to adjust your         homes temperature after learning your cooling habits.     --  Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air. Fan blades should         operate in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer to move         the air downwards and maximize cool air circulation so your air         conditioner doesn't have to work as hard. Ceiling fans can be         just pennies a day to operate and are great for cooling down         the room they operate in.     --  Replace furnace filters every three months. This will help your         air conditioner run more efficiently. Clogged filters mean that         furnace motors must work harder and use more energy.     --  Close the curtains and drapes. Before you leave the house for         work in the morning, remember to close the curtains and drapes,         especially on south and west facing windows. This will help         block out the high summer sun and stop the home from getting         too hot inside.     --  Give your AC unit some shade. Without blocking airflow, plant a         small tree or shrubs around your air conditioning unit. A         shaded unit uses up to five per cent less electricity than it         would in the sun. Try to maintain at least 24 inches of         clearance around your outdoor AC unit from any landscaping.  Additional survey findings:     --  One in five (20 per cent) Ontarians who share a thermostat say         their household never agrees on what time of year to turn the         air conditioner on     --  17 per cent of Ontarians say their children influence their         energy consumption behavior     --  Five per cent of Ontarians admit they usually change the         thermostat to their preferred temperature and blame the change         on someone else     --  Seven per cent of Ontarians claim their children usually change         the thermostat without their approval  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 six 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  About the survey From April 30(th) to May 1(st) 2014 an online survey was  conducted among 665 randomly selected adult Ontario residents who are Angus  Reid Forum panelists and who share a thermostat with others in their  household. The margin of error--which measures sampling variability--is +/-  3.8%, 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.  For further information on home energy efficiency tips or to book an interview  with Dave Walton, please contact:   Jeff Lanthier  Direct Energy Jeff.Lanthier@directenergy.com 905-943-6260  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121004/MM87276LOGO    SOURCE  Direct Energy  Kelly Ornelas or Becky Brescacin, High Road Communications for Direct Energy,  Kelly.Ornelas@highroad.com or Becky.Brescacin@highroad.com, 416-644-2235 or  416-644-1398  CO: Direct Energy ST: Canada NI: UTI OIL HOU ECOSURV  
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