This has been working on me for some time now, and those of you that know me have probably heard some of this before. But at the risk of repeating myself, and in order to bring to light what I believe is a huge waste of resources... please indulge me one more time.
At a time when money is tight, and schools in particular are facing massive budgets cuts, and the only folks around that seem to be getting a raise, are those in congress, I have to wonder why the schools find it necessary to keep their facilities sooooo cold?
Why does my eight grade daughter have to wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and take a sweatshirt to try and stay comfortable throughout the school day? Then ride home on a hot sweaty bus with no air conditioning.
How are we on one hand cutting programs, and teachers, and on the other find it necessary for the classrooms to closely resemble a meat locker? I suppose some of it has to do with reducing illness, and I can't speak to the effectiveness of this tactic, the bugs seem to run their course anyway.
Of course, this overly chilly tendency doesn't stop at school. Just about anywhere you go, it's comfortable outside, and you step through the doors of just about all restaurants, grocery stores, or movie theatres.... whamo!... instant goosebumps.
Why would a business keep it so cold that their customers are uncomfortable? As for the school, I suppose they would say people perform best at 68 degrees, or something like that. Did you know that there are some schools in Indiana that don't even have air conditioning yet? Is 74 degrees considered cruel and unusual punishment? (Try justifying this to our troops serving in 100+ temperatures).
Why when we project out our current global energy use, we can see that we have no way, and no plan to even remotely keep up with the rising demand... do we not do something that is so simple, and has so many benefits? Save energy, save money, make the students, faculty and customers more comfortable.
Can you imagine the energy/money saved if all businesses just bumped up the thermostat by two degrees?
So here is my challenge, to you the tax payer, to you the parents, to you the students, and to you the business owners... speak up! This is an electric bill that we all have to pay!
Dear Mister Walgreens, Meijer, Movie Theatre, Mr. Restaurant, you are wasting energy, making your customers and making your staff uncomfortable. Save energy, and increase your bottom line, by reducing your energy expenses... and bump your thermostat up two degrees!
Another quick note on this - Carly and I spent some time at Jefferson
Pointe Shopping Center and surveyed random customers. We asked a simple question - How would you describe the indoor temperature at Restaurants, Movie Theatres, Grocery Stores, and Schools?
A: Comfortable, Just Right
B: Too Warm
C: Too Cold
Without exception, every woman not only chose answer C, but almost all went on the describe how they freeze everywhere they go. Some that were heading into Rave theatre, said they had to bring jackets, blankets, and even socks to be comfortable during the movie. Has this happened to you?
And for those of you who are wondering, yes I practice what I preach... at my restaurant the thermomstats are set to 74 degrees.
Here's what you can do. Below this article you will see the option to leave a comment. Tell me your thoughts, but most importantly, tell me what places you think are unneccesarily cold. You can be anonymous, it doesn't matter to me. My girls and I will contact these companies and pass along the feedback. If you see the business name already listed, please don't hesitate to list it again.
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