We all hope for a mild winter, so we don’t have to heat up so much. These days it is still possible and you may not have to turn the heater on yet, but that may change in the coming months.
19 to 18 degrees
Earlier this year, Ministers Rob Gettin (Climate, D66) and Hugo de Jong (Living, CDA) already appeal to us To keep the heating at 19 degrees and wear a thick jacket at home. Lenneke Kuijer, an industrial designer and assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, thinks we can easily get used to 18 degrees at home.
The room temperature continued to rise
She did research in Great Britain and also looked at how people lived in the past. After studying the history of social housing heating in England, I came to the conclusion that heating standards are constantly changing.
Social developments are causing the room to warm more and more, says Kuijer in Volkskrant Magazine. As an example you give The coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. “This was a reason for many people to buy a TV. And with this TV there was a need to heat the living room, while previously the heater was not lit there. That was too much effort.”
Sleeping with heating
Homes are getting better insulated, but we’re using a lot more energy than ever before, says Kuijer. “For example, many Dutch people are used to sleeping under a thin blanket at night with the heating on. While you can save a lot of gas with a night temperature of 15 degrees.”
Put on warm clothes and cuddle up on the sofa
Her advice to get a slightly cooler room temperature of 18 degrees: Put on warm clothes and keep moving. TNO researcher Boris Kingma also comes Volkskrant Magazine With tips: keep the thermostat at 18 degrees and save on local heat sources like electric blanketsSo you don’t have to heat the whole house.
mob Of course you can also: Sit close to each other on the couch. “This reduces the surface of the body that you expose to the cold.”
If you don’t like it all, there’s a lot more smart tips to save gas.
The royal couple also adjust the thermostat to 18
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima also turned off the thermostat, they said at a press time during their visit. country visit to Sweden. The moment the government was asked to turn all government buildings back to 19 degrees, we did. “Now we’re back to 18 degrees,” said the king.
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source: Volkskrant Magazine
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