In a 2018 survey commissioned by BC Hydro, three-quarters of pet owners in B.C. admitted to leaving lights, TVs/radios or heat on when their pets were left home alone. In hot weather, 57% will leave air conditioning on and 59%, fans. While the benefits to the animals of such measures are hard to gauge, this extra power usage is costing these households up to $400 a year.
BC Hydro recommends using smart home technology or timers to turn on lights only when needed (when it gets dark) and keeping thermostats at a lower temperature than when you are home, as dogs and cats have a higher body temperature and more insulating fur than humans.