Workplaces the world over tune their thermostats to 22C, because this supposedly optimises mental performance. But the factors that underpin a productive office are much more complicated.
July is the hottest month in much of North America. Experts explain who is most affected by heat waves and ways to cope with them.
There are competing claims over what the optimal office temperature is. Here's what the research says.
Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
The urban heat island and summertime blackouts.
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Today, we're asking why some of the most disadvantaged parts of our cities cop the worst of a heatwave and how you -- yes, you! -- can do your bit to reduce the risk of a summer time blackout.
Cooling off this summer will be more expensive than ever, putting at risk the very young, the elderly and people with health conditions.
Aged-care units can be a lottery of comfortable versus uncomfortable temperatures, depending on the building's construction and where you live within it. That needs to improve.
The invention of silver and plastic-clad roof panels that can cool themselves down even under the Sun's full glare promise to make air conditioning much more energy-efficient.
Keeping things cold wastes a massive amount of energy. What if this could be harnessed?
As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will also be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
Poor thermostat settings are making people uncomfortable and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, an analysis shows. What can be done about this?