Public sector agencies are being advised to adjust their heating systems to 19 degrees where appropriate to reduce energy use and cut costs this winter, according to proposals that will be presented to Cabinet tomorrow.
ndependent.ie understands the temperature would be a guideline of 19 degrees Celsius – to match each building’s use, although a government source warns this would not necessarily be the same for all buildings.
The memo, which will be presented to ministers, outlines how the public sector is expected to lead by example in the coming months with a range of proposed energy efficiency measures. This includes reducing unnecessary heating of sparsely occupied spaces, optimizing heating timers and thermostats, and reducing consumption during peak periods.
It will also likely suggest that lights inside and outside public buildings be turned off at night where appropriate.
It follows a meeting of the three leading coalition parties and Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath on Tuesday night to discuss the energy and security situation caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
In addition to the memo, which was presented to Cabinet on Wednesday, the meeting also touched on Friday’s upcoming meeting of EU energy ministers, which will discuss energy price caps and windfall tax measures.
The meeting briefly touched on windfall taxes and what other countries across Europe are considering in light of reports over the last few weeks that the coalition’s proposal will generate around €100m a year, which will go towards a range of measures to offset rising electricity bills be used.
The three leaders and ministers of the coalition parties agreed to meet again shortly to discuss budgetary measures on the cost of living ahead of the September 27 budget announcement.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/temperature-in-public-sector-offices-to-be-capped-at-19c-to-conserve-energy-41967141.html Temperature in public sector offices to be limited to 19ºC to save energy