Air Conditioner

Letters to the Editor, December 12, 2012

Shopping malls don't need to be so cold. Photo: Sam Tsang

Angie Ng ("No skirting around sexual violence issue", December 5) is being either naive or disingenuous...

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 2:49am 3 comments

Clever design strategies to cover up unsightly items

Interior designers go to great lengths to help clients create a clean and uncluttered look by concealing unsightly items such as air conditioners, cables, fridges and beds, among others. Photo: Su:b Design

There's always one area of the home that looks a bit unsightly. Kitchen bins, for instance, will never be something you show off. Neither will a water heater. And while such things can often be tucked away in a cupboard, there are other essentials that seem almost impossible to hide.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:45am

Poor sweat it out in 'flesh steamers'

For most families the recent heat wave has been just an inconvenience, easily handled by ducking under an air conditioner. But for people like Deng Aixia and her two children, the high temperatures could have had deadly consequences.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Time to tear up the rulebook?

Ignorance of the law may be no excuse for those responsible for enforcing it, but the rules that determine whether a structure is illegal have become so complicated that even professionals find it difficult to tell whether alterations are acceptable.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

If you could have only three electrical appliances in your house, what would they be?

Daniel Monteiro, 14, South Island School

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The Tamar complex

The first civil servants began moving into the government?s new headquarters this week, with the Legislative Council and staff from 12 government bureaus set to follow by the end of the year. The site will eventually be the work place of more than 3,000 civil servants.

Site size: 4.2 hectares

Cost of project: HK$5.5 billion

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Civic responsibility wilts, air conditioners sprout

The air conditioner has been something of a poisoned chalice for the people of Hong Kong. It has enabled us to work through the summers in reasonable comfort, and perhaps contributed to overall productivity in Hong Kong, which sets this city apart from others which have taken a more relaxed approach to working during the heat of summer.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Green group asks city to give aircon the flick

Following the success of the World Wide Fund for Nature's Earth Hour campaign, another environmental group is going one step further by asking the city to turn off air conditioning for a night.

30 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Keeping cool should be priority

The use of air conditioners produces greenhouse gases. Environmental groups suggest people turn on their air conditioners only when it's 28 degrees Celsius or above. They have a good point. But students' health should also be taken into consideration.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

We must aim for buildings that are more environment-friendly

The globe is getting hotter and we are like the proverbial frog sitting in the boiling pot until it is too late.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the Mong Kok plans?

I applaud the government's plan to improve the environment of Mong Kok's shopping areas ('A greener Mong Kok is in the pipeline', July 22).

27 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


Consuming too much meat

Meat production is a severe strain on the world's resources

Farm animals produce 13 billion tonnes of waste worldwide annually

Farm animals contribute 18 per cent of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. This percentage is higher than the emissions from vehicles


29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Illegal structures to be allowed if deemed safe

Some of the city's 500,000 illegal small structures are expected to be exempted from prosecution if they are proved to be safe under relaxed rules.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of air-con levels?

When talking about air-conditioning levels in the city, employee comfort and energy waste are issues that go hand in hand.

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

HK$4m saved in energy conservation contest

A two-month energy conservation contest saved HK$4 million in electricity bills and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 3,018 tonnes, Friends of the Earth said. The contest involved 400 housing estates, 80 schools and 500 families. One family slashed HK$877 off its electricity bill by setting air conditioners at a higher temperature.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am