The Canberra Times reports that the air conditioning in Parliament House is being turned down by 2 degrees to see how much water can be saved. It all sounds a bit half arsed.
Asked why she had chosen 24 degrees as the target temperature for the experiment Ms Penfold replied, “Because it is two degrees above 22. We probably need two degrees to give us enough difference to be able to measure what we are doing.
“We will be trying to develop in effect a spreadsheet that will track the relationship between the target temperature, the outside temperature and the water use, and establish what difference it makes to increase the temperature,” she said.
Where parliament leads the other departments will surely follow, what are your thoughts on a comfortable working temperature?
Unmentioned in the article is the minor matter that all the offices in Parliament House have an override thermostat that gives another couple of degrees plus or minus. Anyone want to bet the little buttons will be getting a workout?