British Columbians leaving AC and TV on for their pets, survey finds

Oct 26 2018, 8:04 pm

Nearly three quarters of British Columbians admit to leaving lights, electronics or the heat on for their pets when they leave home, a new survey by BC Hydro has found.

And while the survey found that overall, the majority of British Columbians are careful in not wasting electricity, their attitude changes when it comes to picking between energy savings and their pet’s comfort.

According to the survey, the most common items British Columbians leave on for their pets at least some of the time include:

  • Heat in the winter
  • Lights
  • Air conditioner in the summer
  • Radio/music
  • Television
  • Fan

The survey also found that those who leave items on for their pets include music, cartoons, nature programs, news and sports.

As well, a further 20% have recorded a television program specifically for their pet, and over 40% of those that leave the lights on do so for at least four hours a day.

The BC Hydro survey follows another recent survey from Amazon, which found that pets in Vancouver were among the most pampered in the country.

In its sixth annual ranking of the Canadian cities with the most pampered pets, Vancouver was number three on the list.

According to Amazon, the list was compiled by comparing per capita sales data for pet items purchased on Amazon Canada’s website from August 2017 to August 2018 in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

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