Let’s all waste power

Doors open at Roots

Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Stores on Robson Street always have their doors open during business hours, so it was a surprise when I passed the Roots the other day and saw a sign in the window saying that they were keeping the doors closed to conserve on energy. It seemed like a great idea. With most of the stores running their air conditions a full blast to compete with the hot air wafting in from the street the idea of keeping the door shut to cut down on energy seemed so clever it could actually be obvious.

Since then I’ve been noticing which stores are keeping their doors open or closed during the heat. Some stores on Robson, like the Rogers on Jervis which I’ve worked at, don’t have AC so keeping their doors open is the only way the staff can keep from fainting from the heat. Others like Banana Republic always seem to have their doors closed. Most though have both AC and open doors.

Roots loses points for a) running an environmental campaign at the same time as keeping their doors open and b) clearly showing that they know better by making an issue out of having the doors closed one day but then not repeating that achievement regularly.

Note: My girlfriend will at some point in the comments call me a hypocrite because I keep my air conditioning on during the summer even at times when I’m not home. I however do not leave my windows and patio door open at the same time, and am not running a multi-million dollar environmental campaign to champion my green image.

4 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    There’s a ton of touristy places in Gastown that instantly chill me when I walk past their doors. they’re literally cooling the entire sidewalk with their AC blasted so high.

    I recently criticized Gastown/Water St. for leaving their streetlights on during the day. About a week later city workers were up in cherry pickers changing the bulbs to compact fluorescents and the lights were no longer on during the day. Every bit helps.

  2. Lydia (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    I didn’t even think about saying that. I did make fun of you in the robot post though.

  3. Jewel Goodwin (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Argh this has been a pet peeve of mine for years. Not only is it a total waste of energy, it’s is a death warrant for the air conditioner. Which, of course, means more waste in the landfills when it finally breaks down and gets replace. Drives me koo-koo. I used to fight this battle with management at a certain high profile coffee shop I worked at in university. I played up the ‘cost saving’ angle, and actually got through to one manager. Then he moved on and a new manager insisted that having the door open was more welcoming. Sigh.

  4. bcneocon (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    I like to drive around in my ’76 Olds with the windows opwn and the higly inefficient A/C blasting. But that’s just me.


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