According to a new survey of office workers, 69 percent said they would be willing to sacrifice their preferred ideal temperature in the office to help their companies conserve energy.
the survey also found that 78 percent are less productive at work when they are
too hot or too cold.
Johnson Controls commissioned the
survey of nearly 800 American adults who work in offices. The manufacturer said
the findings indicate that many workers think their employers could be doing
more to be energy efficient. But the challenge for business owners is to avoid
a negative impact on productivity.
“Employers may be tempted
to turn down the thermostats this fall, but this quick fix could lead to hidden
costs,” said Clay Nesler, vice president of global energy and sustainability
for Johnson Controls. “Energy-efficient systems and equipment is the win-win
alternative, allowing businesses to save energy and money without sacrificing workplace
All participants said their office has been
too hot or too cold at some point and when that occurs, most said they are less
productive. Not only does workplace productivity suffer, individual actions -
such as bringing a heating or cooling device into the office - result in
increased energy use.
Forty-nine percent of office workers
said they have used a fan when it was too hot in their office, and 28 percent
used a space heater when it was too cold.
Nearly one-third have left their office building to take a walk outside when it
was too hot or too cold in their work space.
percent have informed their office manager or custodian of their
The survey also found that approximately 69
percent of workers have adjusted their clothing, such as adding a sweater if
was too cold or removing a layer if it was too hot.
Survey: Workers will sacrifice comfort to save energy
February 1, 2010