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Ngee Ann Poly announces “No Air Con Monday” on April Fools’ eve. S’poreans suspect they’re trolling.

*strokes chin*

Zhangxin Zheng | April 1, 2018 @ 10:52 am

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In a Facebook post on Saturday, Mar. 31, Ngee Ann Polytechnic surprised its students and staff with an announcement instituting a campus-wide “No Air Con Monday”.

Under this new initiative, all facilities on campus will not be air-conditioned for the entire day on Mondays. In place of the usual air-conditioning, fans will be installed to facilitate ventilation.

Here’s the post:

April Fool’s joke?

With the announcement made a day before April Fools’ Day, some were sure it was a joke.

They responded to one of these claims, though:

Some said they have pulled stunts like this before too:

A move to support Year of Climate Action?

Albeit a little extreme, this initiative could certainly be real, especially considering the fact that 2018 is the Year of Climate Action.

And some indeed took it seriously:

Meanwhile, others started plotting sick days:

Whether or not this is a real initiative, though, what most definitely isn’t an April Fools’ joke is that air-conditioners *do* contribute to climate change.

Here are some serious stats

According to a 2012 government home energy audit, air-conditioners consume the most energy in a house. A fan, in comparison, uses just 10 per cent of what an air-conditioner eats up.

The high consumption of energy by air-conditioners also contributes to greenhouse gases emissions that aggravate global warming and climate change, as you may recall from school:

However, to mitigate climate change, one does not need to make as drastic change in living habits as quitting air-conditioners entirely.

We can simply practise energy efficient habits such as keeping the temperature above 25°C, switching off electronic appliances at power sockets when we aren’t using them and purchasing energy-efficient appliances.

Going green can really be that easy:

All that said, we have reached out to Ngee Ann to find out for ourselves if this is true or not. We’ll keep you posted.

[Update: Yes, it was a prank, see the post below.]

Top photo from screenshot of Ngee Ann Polytechnic Facebook post

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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