The heating systems in public sector buildings may be kept at 19 degrees and under this winter under new proposals by Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
With an energy crisis looming, Climate Minister Ryan is seeking to reduce costs by putting a cap on heating in public offices. Staff will be advised on how to reduce unnecessary heating and to save electricity by stitching off indoor and outdoor lights at night.
Minister Ryan is expected to seek ministerial approval on the measures, which are part of an energy reduction plan for the public sector.
The Cabinet will also be approving the Budget today at a meeting in Dublin Castle. RTE News reports that windfall tax plans are also up for discussion as measures are considered to reduce electricity prices.