Solutions for the ice age at the UUA

So, I understand that the HVAC systems at 24 Farnsworth Street, the new headquarters building of the Unitarian Universalist Association, aren’t quite callibrated or what-have-you and some of the staff are cold. Really cold. This happens.

As a large, well-insulated person, I tend to cope with a frosty office better than most, but I hate to think of the energy waste.

And more, I hate to think about people being cold at home or work in the winter because the cost of heating is too high. So I’m writing because of the UUA news, but as a tickler for those who face heating insecurity. The same goes in case of power outage, or simply desiring to be less dependent on limited natural resources.

This might be the right time of year for sales shopping for the goods you would need, too.

Two articles to get you on your way:

  1. Micro heaters cut 87% off my electric heat bill” by Paul Wheeler is a way to use an assortment of low-power devices to create a “heat bubble” around you in an office setting.
  2. Insulation: first the body, then the home” by Kris De Decker is a heavily-sourced review of the use of modern performance garments to make low domestic temperatures comfortable. Would a Geneva gown count?

But if the UUA staff work in conditions implied in the second article, I’d contact OSHA first!

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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