Toronto Hydro Corporation

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August 15, 2006 07:27 ET

Toronto Hydro Corporation: Four in 10 Torontonians Bundling-Up for the Office

Meat Locker Syndrome Incidence Increases This Summer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2006) -

Attn: News, Consumer And Assignment Editors

Toronto Hydro commissioned its second annual PEAK OUT Poll and the results are startling. The complaints of 'meat locker' syndrome in offices across the city are on the rise. In the midst of summer temperatures, the survey probed Torontonians on how 'cool' they were in the warmer weather.

The survey results suggest that people are leaving their office or workspace and going outside to warm up. In addition, the numbers are up this year - last year a quarter (25%) of Toronto workers found it 'too cold' in their workplace. This year, the complaints highlight the need for businesses and property managers to reassess the temperatures in their buildings. Air conditioning is the number one reason for the increase in peak electricity demand.

To help the problem, the majority of Torontonians support casual summer office attire to help conserve electricity by increasing the temperature.

To wear or not to wear Man Capris/'Manpris? Either way, almost 40% of Torontonians are in favour of them.

Here are the results:

- Just over one-quarter (28%) of Torontonian workers find it 'too cold' in their workplace. (Last year it was 25%)

- Four-in-10 (40%) of these frigid folks say they have to dress differently because their workplace air conditioning is too cold. (Last year it was 37%)

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

- On the other hand, people seem to be able to maintain better control of the temperature in their homes. Only one-in-10 (10%) Torontonians find it 'too cold' in their home. Most Torontonians (64%) find their home temperature 'just right' and indicate they don't have to dress differently at home.

- Nearly eight-in-10 (77%) Toronto workers would support men wearing short-sleeved shirts to the office to conserve air conditioning.

- Three-quarters (75%) of them would support no suit jacket required in the office and seven-in-ten (71%) workers support no tie required.

- The majority of women (80%) support pantyhose not being required.

- Over one-third of workers support men wearing sandals (38%) and men wearing capri pants (34%). Workers between ages 18-34 support sandals and capri pants the most (47%, and 44% respectively). Women especially like the idea of men wearing capri pants (44%) to conserve air conditioning, as do workers who are single (42%).

Toronto Hydro will be releasing more of the other shocking results this week.

Note: This online poll was conducted between June 14th and June 21st, 2006 and was based on a randomly selected sample of 736 English speaking Torontonian adults aged 18+ (600 working full-time or part-time) using Decima's proprietary consumer panel, eVox. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within (3.6 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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