Solutions: Temperature Control

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INDIVIDUALS
  • 5★Advocate for temperature related large-scale solutions.
  • 5★Adapt to temperature fluctuations. Instead of setting a single temperature year-round, change your settings based on the season. For example, a good start would be keeping temperatures between 17-27°C. You’ll simply have to adapt what you wear.
  • 5★Optimize your household’s insulation. Ideally done by experts. Alternatively, try to improve the insulation yourself. Remember to use sustainable insulator materials – unlike some types of polyurethane insulator foams.
  • 4★Switch to low-emission HVAC equipment. The first step here is looking at your electricity grid’s emission factor and comparing that to natural gas, while keeping in mind that the electricity mix can change [often get greener] over time. This will help you determine whether your HVAC equipment should consume electricity or not. The second step is purchasing energy-efficient equipment. Remember that purchasing new HVAC equipment too often can worsen your impacts.
  • 2★Play around with sunlight and outside air. Painting a house’s exterior in a light color can lead to cooler temperatures inside, while darker colors do the opposite. Planting trees that block sunlight works too. Also, open or close windows/blinds when it makes sense to do so.
  • 2★Avoid purchasing temperature-intensive appliances. At least try heating/cooling them less. This includes anything that requires heating or cooling of large volumes, like saunas or heated pools.
  • 1★Don’t use a “just for show” fireplace. If you’re using it for temperature control, upgrade your fireplace.
LARGER SCALES
  • Governments: Implement a carbon tax on natural gas and electricity. Increasing the tax over time will encourage individuals and organizations to switch to cleaner sources of energy and reduce their overall demand. Of course, there needs to be compensations for lower income individuals so that they aren’t penalized harshly – since they typically have limited alternatives. Large energy consumers can rely on advanced low-emission technology like building automation systems, since it makes sense to reduce emissions as much as possible at that scale.
  • Governments: Strengthen the insulation requirements for all new buildings and households. To avoid a fine and/or take advantage of subsidies, new construction projects will have to comply with stronger insulation requirements.
  • Governments: Subsidize insulation improvements for old buildings and households over the next few years. After these “next few years”, fine building owners that still haven’t made the switch with a tax that increases annually.
  • Governments: Improve policies to facilitate district heating and cooling. It’s particularly important to increase the share of district heating in areas of high demand, while substituting fossil fuels for renewables. Improving waste heat recovery is also a priority.
  • Governments: Improve policies to facilitate energy service contracts. An energy service contract helps organizations with tight budgets lower their energy consumption. In these contracts, a company is allowed to plan, design, and finance an energy reduction project on behalf of the organization. In exchange, the company receives the costs savings resulting from the lower energy consumption for the next few years. Better policies can allow more public and private organizations to take part in energy service contracts.