KABK takes steps to reduce energy consumption

Although the academy is heated in a fairly sustainable way with district heating, more can always be done. Climate change forces us to think about how we can use energy more sustainably. In addition, because of the war in Ukraine we want to become less dependent on Russian energy. That is why energy consumption will be reduced at the KABK. This is good for the environment and for the energy bill.

What is district heating (‘stadsverwarming’ in Dutch)?

District heating is one of the most promising options for sustainable heating. District heating typically consists of a network of pipes, distributing heated water from centralised or decentralised heat sources to households and other customers. It’s key to use heat sources that are already present in or around the customer area, as transporting heat over long distances leads to substantial losses.

We will reduce per 1 June the usage of energy at the KABK as follows:

  • Temperature of heating will be set 1 degree lower: 19 degrees instead of 20.
  • The air conditioning will cool to 22 degrees instead of 20. This means that it will be slightly warmer in the buildings.
  • Heating will be turned off one hour earlier: 20.30 instead of 21.30 CET.
  • All radiators in hallways will be turned off completely during the spring and summer months.

Do your bit!

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  • Close external doors, such as the ones to the courtyards.
  • Don’t put a radiator higher than 2.
  • Close windows when you leave your room in summer and winter.

What do you notice about this?

While the weather is getting warmer, we are taking the actions listed above to reduce energy consumption. Because of the air conditioning cooling down to 22 degrees instead of 20, it could be that you feel slightly warmer in the building.

Another project that will provide significant energy savings is replacing part of the lighting with LED lighting, which we will do in the coming year.

Do you have any further questions about the use of energy at the KABK? Please get in contact with facilities through facilities@kabk.nl