Baby boomers live a high life but still think they use less power than millennials, according to a B.C. Hydro survey.
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Baby boomers seem to have it all. Big homes, hot tubs, built-in sound systems, and heated floors. They’re even more likely than some other generations to have beer-and-wine in the fridge.However, according to a B.C. Hydro survey released Friday, boomers don’t have perspective when it comes to other generations.Tanya Fisher, B.C. Hydro spokeswoman, told Postmedia News that the survey of 800 British Columbians found over half of boomers thought they used less electricity than millennials (those born from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s).“Despite thinking of themselves as the more energy-conscious generation, baby boomers’ annual electricity use is actually double that of millennials and their annual bills are about $500 higher,” Fisher said.The list of reasons why boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — use more power than millennials starts with the fact they’re more likely to own a large, single-detached home. Fisher said the study didn’t consider there may be millennials living with their baby-boomer parents in these larger homes.“Forty per cent of boomers live in homes that are 2,000 square feet or larger, while 42 per cent of millennials live in homes half that size or less,” she said.The survey asked 400 boomers and 400 millennials 35 questions about their power use.Boomers were twice as likely to have a pool and three times as likely to have a hot tub. They were 60 per cent more likely to have heated floors and 54 per cent more likely to have beer-and-wine in the fridge.The survey found boomers were way more likely to cook at home, and, not surprisingly, more likely to have a secondary property.Another key difference between the two generations was the way they entertained themselves.The survey found 85 per cent of boomers subscribed to cable TV, while only 50 per cent of millennials did. About 60 per cent of boomers watched TV more than eight hours a week, and recorded more than eight hours of programming a week. Boomers were more likely to use smart TVs, while millennials were more likely to use a tablet.Fisher said a tablet used 1.3 kilowatts of power a year for eight hours a week, compared with 200 kilowatts for a smart TV.“This means boomers’ television-watching habits typically take up a much larger proportion of their home’s electricity use than millennials,” she firstname.lastname@example.org/davidcarriggCLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com.</p