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BUSINESS: Office Comfort Vs. Saving Energy


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Business owners should think twice before tweaking workplace temperature settings this autumn. According to a new survey of office workers, sixty-nine percent said they would be willing to sacrifice their preferred ideal temperature in the office to help their company conserve energy. However the survey also found that nearly four in five participants say they are less productive at work when they are too hot or too cold.

Johnson Controls, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, commissioned a survey of nearly 800 adults who work in an office setting.

"Although South African summers are hot, employers may be tempted to turn down the thermostats as the season changes but this quick fix could lead to hidden costs," said Douglas Weinrich, Regional Executive and General Manager, Johnson Controls Global Workplace Solutions, Sub Saharan Africa.

"Energy efficient systems and equipment is the win-win alternative, allowing businesses to save energy and money without sacrificing workplace productivity."

Productivity suffers and energy costs may rise when the workplace temperature is not ideal. Almost all participants said their office has been too hot or too cold at some point and when that occurs, most said they are less productive. Not only does workplace productivity suffer, individual actions - such as bringing a heating or cooling device into the office - result in increased energy use.

  • Forty-nine percent of office workers have used a fan when it was too hot in their office, and 28 percent used a space heater when it was too cold.


  • Nearly one-third have left their office building to take a walk outside when it was too hot or too cold in their work space.
  • Forty-one percent have informed their office manager or custodian of their discomfort.Approximately seven in ten have adjusted their clothing, such as adding a sweater if was too cold or removing a layer if it was too hot.

Workers expect their employers to take action. The results indicate that forty-five percent think their employer is not doing enough to make their office environments energy efficient.

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