#1 By: Andrew Wright, April 24th, 2014 10:40
There is a water heater in the blue room kitchen designed for high volume cafe use but probably just used for a few cups of tea a day now. It is probably using about 300 W (a large quite hot box). Replacing this with a kettle would probably save as much electricity as a small flat uses in a year (I'm not joking) - but how to make this happen? Who buys the kettle?
#2 By: Richard Snape, April 25th, 2014 04:53
Good call Andy. When we did the experiment - the best of all would be a hot tap like we have in the kitchen - this saved a reasonable amount vs the kettle (at risk of self-promotion, see the results here). On the other hand, in these straitened times, a kettle is probably more likely to get past those who hold the purse strings.
I suppose it is estates who should be consulted. I would point out though - there is a fairly small but dedicated crew who use the Blue room for lunch and breaks daily. They should be involved.
#3 By: Graeme Stuart, May 14th, 2014 10:17
The offending water heater.
and an infra-red image of the same.
Notice the surface was at 80 degrees, this was around 20:30 when we did a 'night' survey of the Queens building. I assume it is on 24 hours a day and probably on weekends too.