Example: a few months ago they installed motion-activated light switches on all storeys of my apartment block. Before, when you turned on the light on your storey or on the ground floor, all other storeys were lit too. What a waste of energy.
However, this newest improvement has its drawbacks, too. The system is off during the day hours. Simply speaking, you can`t switch on the lights, even if it is dark in the staircase, e.g., due to a storm outside, from morning till late afternoon. Crazy.
Secondly, coming back home in the evening, I usually prefer to walk up to the 4th floor than go by elevator. I didn`t switch on the lights because street lamps` light through the windows was enough to show me the way. Now, when I climb up the stairs, the staircase lights are activated on the floors I pass. What a waste of energy.
I fear that the newest advancement they are implementing in Krakow now is going to be a good example of the saying. I mean the adaptation of all housing estates, old and new, to centrally heated water supply instead of each detached house/apartment having a seperate gas heater inside. Yes, that is certainly going to reduce smog in the city but what about the comfort of using such water? I heard contradictory opinions.
Electronic class registers have some flaws. In the past, I could easily check out student`s attendance by flipping through the pages in the traditional paper class register and it took me 15 seconds. Now I need to spend a lot more time on the computer - start it, log onto the page, choose the month, then go day by day. Crazy.