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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-03-03

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Cyclists voted the worst for turning the heating down

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 which has linked people's hobbies and interests to whether they like the heating up high in their houses, or whether they turn the thermostat right down in an attempt to save money. And according to who surveyed 2,733 customers, cyclists have the highest tolerance to low temperatures in their homes. "It seems people with indoor hobbies who are pampered with toasty warm places to workout also like to be pampered with warm houses.  That's what the survey is suggesting." says spokesperson Jonathan Ratcliffe.

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


"You'll notice that most of these hobbies are largely based out-of-doors... 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." says Ratcliffe.

With cyclists topping the poll, Ratcliffe recognises the irony that one of the UK's coldest winter pursuits are also the one that seems happy to live in the cold. "Cycling is perhaps one of the coldest winter sports in the UK, aside from maybe deep sea fishing and open water swimming..."

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

"Golfers tend to buck the trend when it comes to heating. 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." says Ratcliffe.

However, while these findings show a split on who prefers a warm house to a colder 1, it doesn't take 1 important factor into account; their families.  As the wife of a keen cyclist told "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. 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." says Ratcliffe.


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