Room temperature

The heating is turned off during the summer and put back on in mid-October, depending on the weather. The rule of thumb is that if the average outside temperature, during working hours, is above 17C the heating will be turned off automatically to prevent overheating via the Building Management System (BMS).

Please note that in the winter we will heat the rooms to 20⁰C degrees (+/- 1⁰C) and in the summer we will cool the rooms, where the facilities exist, at 24⁰C degrees (+/- 1⁰C), this provides for an optimum comfort vs. environmental benefit. This is in accordance with the LSE school policy, health and safety requirements* and environmental recommendations**. Therefore, we cannot accommodate personal preferences that fall outside the above parameters.

Please note that we do not supply stand-alone electrical heaters as a matter of course, as they do not comply with our environmental initiatives. The use of additional electrical heaters also overloads the circuits and causes electrical faults and in some cases will switch on cooling systems. However, should there be a fault with the central heating we will supply electrical heaters as a temporary measure if the temperature falls below the minimum requirement.

*According to H&S guidance the minimum temperature in the room should not be lower than 16⁰C degrees

**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.