Cyclists voted the worst for turning the heating down

Thrifty cyclists turn their heating off first – survey finds

Hot blooded cyclists have been found to be top of the list of thrifty home owners most likely to turn down their heating at home and make their families suffer in the cold.

That’s the finding of Warm.co.uk. Our survey has linked people’s hobbies as well as interests to whether they like the heating up high in their houses.  It also looked at whether they turn the thermostat right down in an attempt to save money.

Warmth WeekAccording to Warm.co.uk who surveyed 2,733 customers, cyclists have the highest tolerance to low temperatures in their homes.

“It seems people with indoor hobbies with toasty warm places to workout also like warm houses,” says Warm.co.uk spokesperson Jonathan Ratcliffe. “That’s what the survey is suggesting.”

What are your interests?

According to Warm.co.uk, the people with interests most likely to have their domestic thermostats dialled down to a lower temperature are:

  • Cyclists
  • Triathletes
  • Fishermen
  • Runners
  • Swimmers
  • Ramblers
  • Athletes

“You’ll notice that most of these hobbies are largely based out-of-doors,” says Ratcliffe. “They’ve become so attuned to colder temperatures that they don’t want to come home to a house that is – to them – boiling hot.

“But I expect their families think differently.”

People with hobbies most likely to have their heating up high at the end of a busy day are largely those who are either indoors or in an enclosed space:

  • Gym and weight training
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Boxing

“Golfers tend to buck the trend when it comes to heating,” says Ratcliffe. ” it turns out they love nothing more that roasting their bones when they get home from a round with the heating turned up as far as it goes.

“And who can blame them – maybe too much time in the rough.”

The family decides

However, while these findings show a split on who prefers a warm house to a colder one, it doesn’t take one important factor into account – their families.

As the wife of a keen cyclist told Warm.co.uk: “He comes home after a ride, says ‘It’s a bit warm in here’, and turns the thermostat right down until you can see the steam coming off our breath. I wait until he goes for a shower, and turn it back up again.”

“The fight for the thermostat is a battle as old as time,” says Ratcliffe.

“Even Neolithic Man coming home from a long day’s mammoth-hunting probably got into an argument over the number of logs on the cave fire, I should think.

“And it’s not going to stop now.”

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