An online survey conducted by Harris Poll found that in the past month, which was unusually cold across the US, 28 percent of Americans who have control over the temperature in their home typically set their thermostats to higher than a 70 degrees Fahrenheit. About 52 percent maintain their households in the 66 to 70 degree Fahrenheit range. Only 2 percent report keeping their thermostat set below 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the past month.
HomeServe USA commissioned Harris Poll to conduct the online survey in February 2014 among 2,035 US adults aged 18 and over.
The survey also identified a generation gap: those most likely to crank up the heat are senior citizens and millennials. Thirty-four percent of those ages 65 plus and 32 percent of those ages 18-34 who have control over the temperature in their home set their thermostats to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, compared to only 22 percent of those ages 45-64.
The survey found that 27 percent of those who have control over the temperature in their home and live with someone don’t agree on what to set the desired temperature of their home in the winter months.
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