LSE central heating is turned off in Spring (sometime in April) and turned back on in the Autumn (sometime in October), depending on the weather and temperature. If, during working hours, the average outside temperature is less than 17°C the heating is turned on.
If you're feeling a little nippy in your office then remember to close windows and doors. It is more efficient, both for your budget and your body, if you wear several lighter layers. As an added bonus, this lets you adjust your temperature as the need arises.
Adjusting to the room temperature with layers and without the use of additional electrical heaters also helps to prevent the sensors from switching on the cooling system and avoids overloading the system circuits. Don't forget we're here to assist so if you're in any doubt please contact LSE Estates Helpdesk.
In accordance with UK Health and Safety requirements* and environmental recommendations** the rooms are heated to 19-21°C degrees to provide a comfortable environment and reduce energy usage. If you have specific, health-related temperature requirements, please contact the Health and Safety team - firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a workplace assessment.
* The Health and Safety Workplace Regulations (Regulation 7) requires that the temperature in workrooms must be reasonable; the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) refers to minimum temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius for workrooms.
** There is no statutory maximum temperature, although under the Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) (Amendment) Order 1980 premises may not specifically use energy to create a temperature greater than 19°C.
A 1 degree increase in temperature set point results in a 8-10% increase in energy consumption, similarly a 1 degree reduction in cooling results in a 4-5% increase in energy usage. A good heating/cooling strategy can result in a 30% reduction in energy costs.
Green tips for your home:
Set your heating timer efficiently. If you work regular hours then avoid wasted energy by timing your heating to go off an hour to 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again an hour or 30 minutes before you are due to get back.
Dress your hot-water tank correctly. A British Standard lagging jacket only costs £10 and the insulation for the pipe leading to the hot-water tank from the boiler costs around £3. It's really easy to fit and should save you as much as £20 per year on your heating bill – if every UK household fitted a jacket on their tank tomorrow, over £150 million would be saved every year!
Reflective radiator panels can fit perfectly behind radiators. They are cheap to buy, easy to install and reflect back heat that would otherwise drift through the wall. They can be bought from DIY stores (avoid those made from PVC), or you can make your own by wrapping tinfoil around cardboard.
Draw your curtains at dusk. Sounds obvious, but a thick pair of curtains can stop a huge amount of heat from escaping through your windows.