Reduction of Temperature in Civic Facilities
UPDATE: ON NOV. 24/20, COUNCIL VOTED TO INCLUDE THIS COST REDUCTION IN THE 2021-2025 FIVE YEAR BUDGETPROPOSED COST REDUCTION STRATEGY
In late 2018 and early 2019, there was a natural gas shortage due to the Enbridge Pipeline explosion. At that time, the City’s response was to reduce the temperature in many of its facilities, and each degree in heat reduction resulted in natural gas cost savings.
What is being proposed is a reduction of the City building temperatures by one degree Celsius during the colder months of the year and increasing the temperature by one degree during the hotter periods. This would save significant costs related to natural gas and electrical consumption. In order to achieve these results, no supplemental means of heat (e.g. temporary space heaters) could be used to heat work areas except in situations where older heating and cooling systems already have issues maintaining an appropriate temperature.
The facilities in scope for this proposal include staff offices, public spaces, and operational working environments. Areas that host the public would be managed to the appropriateness of the environments.
COST SAVINGS: UP TO $200,000
Savings would be realized in the reduction of utilities provided from both BC Hydro and FortisBC, and the reduction in consumption would help to support Council’s objectives towards achieving their sustainability goals.
- Staff and some public would need to adjust to the temperature change in various buildings.