In line with the recommendations of the Dutch national government, the University of Twente is also lowering the heating in its buildings by two degrees. This will be done in phases in the various buildings from next week onwards.
The temperature of many rooms in the UT buildings is centrally regulated. Think of the large lecture halls, corridors and other shared spaces. Because the heating in the buildings is controlled by different systems, it will take some time to adjust. During the week, the temperature will change in more places.
In many offices, staff and students can determine the temperature themselves using a thermostat or the buttons on the heating. We ask them to critically examine what temperature is needed to work and study comfortably. We also ask staff and students to take into account the adjusted temperature in their choice of clothing.
As most of the University of Twente buildings are connected to the regional heat network, the direct savings in gas usage are limited. The regional heat network is largely heated by biomass and residual heat from waste processing company Twence and the Twente industry. If more users of the heat network reduce their consumption, less gas will be needed to meet the demand. Lowering the temperature does mean lower costs, although it is not yet possible to estimate exactly how great that effect will be.