Waste of Resources
From time to time at school, we get notices asking us to conserve energy when possible. Even before air conditioners were placed in classrooms a few months ago, energy usage was apparently way up from before.
The air conditioners aren’t controllable at all from within the classrooms. There is a control panel, but it does not respond. This makes sense if the school will only turn on air conditioners when the air temperature rises above a certain temperature. However, what does not make sense, is that it is also impossible to turn off the air conditioning.
Today both my coteacher and I were out of the classroom the entire morning. I was teaching in other classes’ homerooms. She was on official business outside of the school.
I came to the classroom during break. Even with the windows open, the room felt cold enough to require a winter coat.
I find it to be a stark contrast with other schools here I read about online, where teachers complain that it is too hot and humid. Their schools either don’t have air conditioning or set it to something like 3 degrees below the temperature outside. I’d probably like to trade places with them, since I like it to be hot and humid. With open windows, the air quality is much better, even in the middle of the city.