Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

July 20, 2005 14:39 ET

Four in ten Torontonians bundling-up for the office

In the midst of a heatwave, why are people wearing sweaters?

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - July 20) - Toronto Hydro commissioned a survey from July 8th to July 12th to explore the complaints of 'meat locker' syndrome in offices across the city. In the midst of the heat wave, the survey probed Torontonians on how 'cool' they were in 35 degree-plus weather.

The results address the need for businesses and property managers to reassess the temperatures in their buildings.

- A quarter (25%) of Torontonian workers find it 'too cold' in their workplace.

- Almost four-in-ten (37%) of these frigid folks say they have to dress differently because their workplace air conditioning is too high.

- Women are more likely than men to find their workplace 'too cold' and dress differently.

- Conversely, people seem to be able to maintain better control of the temperature in their homes.

- Less than one-in-ten (8%) Torontonians find it 'too cold' in their home.

- Most Torontonians (62%) find their home temperature 'just right' and indicate they don't have to dress differently at home.

- Although less common at home than in the office, it's again women who are more likely than men to find their home 'too cold' and dress differently.

Note: This poll was conducted between July 8th and July 12th, 2005 and was based on a randomly selected sample of 874 English speaking Torontonian adults aged 18+ (591 working full-time or part-time) using Decima's proprietary online panel. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within 3.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire Torontonian adult population been polled. The margin of error will be larger within subgroupings of the survey population. Data have been weighted to ensure the sample is representative of the gender, age and employment status distribution in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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