Temperature battles heating up B.C. bedrooms
The report titled ‘Bedroom battleground: B.C. couples are butting heads over bedroom temperature,’ finds while more than 80% of British Columbian couples complain to their partner about the temperature in their home, one-third said complaints lead to full-blown arguments and a quarter of these arguments are happening over the bedroom temperature.
A survey commissioned on behalf of BC Hydro found arguments in some homes have escalated to the point where almost 30% have slept in another room, or at least considered it, because it is too hot or too cold in the bedroom. This might be because about three-quarters of B.C. couples are going to bed with the heat on higher than the recommended 16 degrees Celsius in the winter months – despite eight in 10 preferring a cooler bedroom.
While most prefer a cooler bedroom, those who like it a bit warmer have the window to contend with – almost 40% said they often keep a window in the bedroom open at night no matter how cold it is outside, and 14% have fought with their partner over the window being open.
While the bedroom thermostat is a contentious issue, it is not the only thing B.C. couples cannot agree on in the bedroom. An overwhelming 78% said their partner does something during the night that they do not like – and snoring is at the top of the list (54%) followed by taking up too much space (26%), and fidgeting/moving too much (26%).
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, BC Hydro recommends the following tips to help keep the peace in the bedroom:
- Consider compromise: Once you figure out a thermostat compromise, get a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature at the agreed upon number and save up to 15% over the winter.
- Settle for suggested temperatures: From an energy efficiency perspective, BC Hydro does recommend an ideal temperature to set the thermostat at depending on what individuals are doing in the home, for example:
– 16 degrees Celsius when away from home or sleeping;
21 degrees Celsius when relaxing or watching T.V., and
18 degrees Celsius when cooking or doing housework.
- Agree to disagree: Using separate duvet covers or wearing warmer or cooler pyjamas to bed can help ease temperature tensions.
For more ways to save energy and money this winter, visit powersmart.ca.