25 Feb '13, 2pm

Drumbeat: February 25, 2013

The World Health Organisation sets "adequate" indoor temperatures at 21C for a living room and 18C for a bedroom. Will going lower have dramatic consequences for your health? Hopefully not. Studies show links between low indoor temperatures and increased blood pressure in older people, and that the cold can affect the immune system's ability to deal with respiratory infection. Strikingly, countries with lower winter temperatures than the UK, such as Sweden and Finland, have lower rates of excess winter mortality (there were 24,000 such deaths in England and Wales during the winter of 2011-12), but they also have more energy-efficient housing stock (meaning that inhabitants can afford to keep warm). Our housing stock is the least energy efficient in Europe, with 6m UK households in fuel poverty. What environmentalists don't acknowledge is that if these homes were heated to ...

Full article: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9857

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