Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative
Heater Borrowing Program
When you feel a bit cool in
your office, you may be tempted to reach for a small space heater. However,
space heaters can:
- Use upwards of
1200 watts of electricity each hour
- Heat rooms to uncomfortable
temperatures for other employees
- Cause heating systems
to operate abnormally (such as increasing the flow of cool air to a
room with a space heater)
Because of these factors
space heaters are prohibited in county facilities, unless approved
by a Department Head and the Facility Operations Manager (see R20090167).
If you are cold in your office area, the Sustainability Department recommends
1. Bring an extra
sweater for use at your desk
3. Use a foot,
seat, or personal heater that uses under 250 watts
A 250 watt heater
costs only $4 a month to operate, compared to a 1200 watt space heater
that costs $21 to operate. While these personal devices create comfortable
warmth for the user, the devices should not produce excessive heat that
impacts the office environment.
The Sustainability Office now has a limited number of personal heating
devices for employees to borrow and try out. We have one of each of
the personal heating products described below. These devices are available
to all employees to test out for a two-week period. The products listed
below are energy efficient, affordable, and highly reviewed.
email the Sustainability Coordinator, Kathryn Hampton firstname.lastname@example.org,
to checkout a foot warmer or personal heater. You can checkout one item
at a time for a two week period. Once you email Kathryn Hampton to check
out the device, you can pick up the device at 1800 Continental Place, Mont
Vernon, WA. Please promptly return the equipment.
more information on the products available for checkout, please conduct
an online search. We have one of each product available for checkout.
Warmer: The Wagan Heated Seat Cushion provides warmth and comfort.
The seat cushion has a high/low/off switch to control the heat setting
according to your preference. The seat cushion measures 36 by 17.5
inches. For more information, visit Amazon.
The seat cushion plugs into a 12V outlet (car outlet). When you
borrow the seat cushion, you will also receive a power adaptor to
plug the cushion into a normal outlet. For more information on the
power adaptor, visit Amazon.
Warmer: Portable and compact, Indus-Tool Toasty Toes fits anywhere.
The molded plastic footrest has adjustable heat and 3 different
positions. Converts from footrest to heated floor mat or vertical
heated panel. The 90-watt ETL-listed ergonomic footrest measures
12 by 18 by 5 inches. For more information, visit
Warming Pad: Indus-Tool FW Cozy Foot is less costly to use than
a space heater, and safer, too. Heated rubber mat (electric) good
for warming feet or even drying shoes. Measures 21 by 14 by 1/4
inches and is 6 pounds. For more information, visit Amazon.
Radiant Heater: The 100-watt radiant flat-panel heater provides
space-saving warmth. It is wall- or desk-mountable, a optional stand
is available. Measures 22 by 16 by 1 inches. For more information,