07/10/2013 05:50 EDT

Alberta Weather: Hot Temperatures Mean People Stripping Down To Stay Cool


It's getting so hot in Alberta that many people are shedding their clothes to stay cool.

A survey conducted by Direct Energy found three-quarters of Albertans wear minimal clothing while sleeping and one-third strip down completely when it's really hot outside.

Seventy-two per cent of Alberta homeowners do not have central air conditioning. Instead, they use traditional methods to keep the heat at bay, like spending more time in the basement and putting fans to work.

Alberta's had scorching days so far, breaking heat records, and even using rolling outages to conserve power consumption.

"Something as little as closing curtains or blinds during the day is a great alternative and can help to keep temperatures at a comfortable level," said Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas for Direct Energy.

Direct Energy surveyed 589 randomly selected Albertans in May to collect the data.

Seventy-four per cent of Alberta homeowners keep curtains and blinds closed during the day and 78 per cent strategically open their windows to create a cross-breeze.

Direct Energy also recommends using ceiling fans and checking central air systems annually.

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