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01 Jun 2009 09:06:06

Canadians given home thermostat advice



Canadians given home thermostat advice
When it comes to the main causes of friction between adults and their significant others, control of the thermostat may not be the first thing people think of.

However, a survey of Canadian households by North American utilities company Direct Energy has revealed that 49 percent of people have disagreed about the temperature of their homes.

The survey revealed that the question of whether or not to turn the temperature down in order to reduce a home's carbon footprint and save money on the bills is the main cause of contention.

In order to avoid arguments in the future, homeowners could fit a programmable thermostat that will stabilise the temperature while also boosting energy efficiency, Direct Energy suggested.

The company also recommended that households upgrade to more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and consider installing ceiling fans instead of using air conditioning units.

Dave Walton, director of home ideas at Direct Energy, said: "There are a number of simple ways to make your home more energy efficient which drive savings and energy conservation."

Interestingly, the survey revealed that people aged between 18 and 34 years-old are the most likely to want to lower their carbon emissions (66 percent), but also the worst at leaving air conditioning on for long stretches at a time (56 percent).

http://www.energyfederation.org/directenergy/default.php/...

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