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.
"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
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
-- 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:
Direct Energy Jeff.Lanthier@directenergy.com 905-943-6260
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