What workplace temperature setting will optimize energy savings and employee productivity?
Have you ever wondered what workplace temperature setting will optimize energy savings and productivity? It's a good question.
During the winter months, the recommended thermostat setting is 68°F in the workplace. This setting can reduce heating costs dramatically compared to the commonly used setting of 73°F. But, it could also affect productivity. The optimal productivity setting in a workplace is 72°F.
A study by the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that productivity decreased by about 0.4% for every degree over or under 72°F.
Although having the thermostat set at 72°F increases heating costs, there is also a cost associated with decreased productivity. For example, if you set the thermostat at 68°F to minimize heating costs, you could end up decreasing employee productivity by 2%. Assuming that the average employee makes $50,000 a year including benefits, that 2% loss is about $1,000 per employee.
When finding the right balance for your thermostat settings, be sure to consider both energy efficiency and the comfort of your employees.
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