Turn the heating down

My experience of visiting council offices and council-run facilities in winter, including the head office,  is that they are always FAR too hot. If I'm on foot and it's a chilly day then as soon as I enter an SBC building I have to start removing layers of clothing in a hurry before I melt. I often notice council staff walking about in their shirt sleeves. It's just not natural, let alone justifiable, to have staff working in overheated offices on frosty days - what's wrong with wearing a jumper? We used to be told that turning our heating at home down by just one or two degrees will save us loads on our domestic heating bills so PLEASE turn down the heating.

Why the contribution is important

Save money, better for the health of the staff AND a positive contribution to reducing the Council's CO2 footprint which is so vital if we are serious about combatting climate change.

by Taxpayer on November 23, 2015 at 09:04AM

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Average score : 3.7
Based on : 11 votes


  • Posted by ancrumcraig November 27, 2015 at 16:16

    I agree. Nothing wrong with wearing jackets/jumpers in the office. If employees feel chilly they could do some exercise!
  • Posted by Alisontaylor November 29, 2015 at 08:44

    Problem is that the buildings do not have temperature control systems. Radiators have individual thermostats, electric heaters just have setting NHS and there are also night storage heaters. I know in all the old schools temperature varies across all parts of the buildings. The storage heaters are controlled centrally which can mean that heat is pumping out when it is not neede and also void of heat when it is needed. If all buildings could be comfort controlled so that all spaces were the desired 18/65 degrees then I think that it would be better for people in the buildings, the environment and costs.
  • Posted by abell December 17, 2015 at 02:37

    The modern buildings should be easily controlled and should have the thermostats turned down a couple of degrees.
    The older buildings can be gradually upgraded when improvements / replacements are undertaken.
  • Posted by mep123 February 01, 2016 at 11:14

    I agree that council offices are often too hot in winter. Nobody deliberately makes their workplace uncomfortably hot so controls must be inadequate. Better controls are not expensive, and are surely a quick win.

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