Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Indoor Summer Chill

The New York Times recently ran a story on "Retailers and the Indoor Summer Chill." The article focuses on retailers who crank up their air-conditioners and open their doors to entice sweaty customers to come inside, cool off, and spend money.

It should come as no surprise to you that air-conditioning accounts for the majority of everyone's summer utility costs, and pumping it onto the street is rather wasteful.

Last summer, New York’s City Council unanimously passed a provision that would fine businesses that pump air-conditioning into the street. A warning is issued for the first offense, but there's a $200 fine for the second offense, and $400 for the third.

Now that it's getting super hot in Memphis, are you enjoying the free A/C in retail stores, or are you freezing?

What are some of Memphis' major A/C cranker-uppers?

How many of you are sitting at your computers, indoors, with a sweater on right now?


Anonymous said...

I'm seeing a couple retailers on Main street (Near Peabody) doing it this year. It's very wasteful and annoying.

MLGW said...

Why not politely mention it to the manager(s)? :)

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