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Save Energy: Stores should close doors

Original post made by Stephen Rock, Adobe-Meadow, on Apr 10, 2009

Yesterday April 10 was a cold wet day. Yet most of the stores at the Stanford Shopping Center had their doors wide open.
Some, like Victoria's Secret, had 4 doors open. The inside of the few stores I went into were heated. This is an unacceptable
waste of energy and must be stopped. The salesperson at William Sonoma responded to my complaint by
telling me that many others had complained, she was cold because the doors were open, but it was "corporate headquarters
orders" to have the doors open and waste energy.

I think the city should pass a law forbidding businesses from leaving their doors open when the temperature outside is
colder than about 60 or warmer than about 80 and they are heating or cooling the interior.
There is ample precedent for this since there are strict requirements on insulation of walls, roofs, and windows and
obviously an open door does not meet insulation requirements. It can be enforced in many ways:
1) The Utility Dept can increase the rates until the stores give up.
2) Large Fines
3) Large Posters on the Window citing the store as waster of energy (Some cities require restaurants to post their
health dept ratings in an obvious place.)

At the Stanford Shopping Center there is already a large number of security guards who could record which doors are
open. Downtown, the parking enforces could do the job.

On a similar issue, today 4/10/09 the lights were on in the Safeway Parking lot on Middlefield. The manager said
that they were required to have the lights on by "Corporate Headquarters" and they could do nothing about it locally.
Again, they might start taking some action if there were large fines and/or hefty increases in their utility rates.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The energy conservation codes require 15 cubic feet per minute outside air per occupant to any conditioned space. The displaced air has to go somewhere, and in the case of an atrium that exhausted air moderates the thermal load on the connected stores and enhances the comfort of the shoppers. I don't know what Williams of Sonoma sells, but please don't upset Victoria's Secret.

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