Supermarkets, cafes, shops – Turn down or even better turn off your air conditioning & shut that fridge door

I came across this on-line petition (see below) the other day and signed it but it also fitted with something I had been noticing of recent times – how cold some supermarkets and cafes really are.

Since air-con became a fact of life in supermarkets, cars and cafes there’s every danger that it’s left on all the time and not regulated or checked, never mind being turned off when it’s not really required at all. I guess that the big companies who run supermarkets and coffee shop chains don’t really take much notice of air-con running costs and their managers are not tasked with regulating it?

But I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that air-con in say coffee shops can often be blowing out cold air when it is not needed and at times you have to try to find a seat where it’s not being blown down your neck – COSTA coffee shops are often guilty of this in my experience. You’d think that the bottom line (cost of running it) would matter to local managers even if they don’t give a fig for the environmental consequences of using unnecessary fuel, but seeming neither are motivating factors and the air-con runs all day every day at cooling levels that are not needed in our temperate climate, except on hot summer days.