Yesterday afternoon I was in our local market town enjoying a coffee in
a regional chain coffee shop - Not the Starbucks or the Costa's but one
who is regional to SW England. It was a dank drizzly Tuesday afternoon.
An elderly customer sat a couple of tables away stood up to close the
door, but was interrupted by one of the servers who said that they
weren't allowed to close the door since they would get in big trouble
from head office if the door was closed - apparently the shop is less
inviting with the door closed. But we have got the heater above the
door on - said the server helpfully.
Having finished my coffee and walking back to my car I noted that just
about every shop I passed had the door open (presumably with a big
heater above the door).
Are we now as a nation to stupid to open shop doors? I hate to think
how much energy we could save by mandating that shop doors had to remain
shut except when someone is actually passing though them.
At the expense of all that wasted heat? I'm sure if legislated against,
the shops would suddenly get creative.
Personally, whilst a closed door covered in posters puts me off (because
I cannot see the wares) a full clear glass door and an excellent window
display is as likely to have me walking in.
... or go out of business and leave more empty shops on the high street.
The large retailers spend a lot of time and money researching what
increases sales. I have little doubt that if that showed that a closed
door saved more in energy costs than it brought in as sales, the doors
would be closed.
There's no way closing the doors is putting more than a few useless
shops out of business.
of course, if research shows that leaving the doors *open* gives them
the edge over their neighbours who don't, then they will take that edge.
Which is *exactly* why it's good legislation (better than the hoover
nonsense). Level the playing field, take the edge away, let them compete
on stuff that does cause rampant wastage.
Being better than a pointless piece of legislation does not make
something good. At best, it would be slightly less bad legislation.
OTOH, we could simply ensure there is enough power to go around and not
worry if somebody wastes a bit. I am generally opposed to introducing
any new legislation without a very good reason and, IMO, there is no
particularly good reason to force shops to close their doors, quite
apart from the problem of wording it so that they are not committing an
offence simply by having a door open for marginally longer than required
for a customer to enter or leave.
I agree that having enough energy capacity is better - then if they want
to pay for and waste a bit - so be it.
My point is made in the *current* climate where we don't have enough
spare capacity and gross wastage should be curtailed.
The amount wasted in shops isnt enough to matter, particularly
as its only the smaller shops that don’t have automatic doors.
The other problem with this particularly stupid approach to
legislation is with the big supermarkets that open onto internal
malls which don’t have any doors at all, automatic or manual.
It would be completely stupid to force them all to install doors
So, you are advocating legislation that will be difficult to formulate
and that we will never be rid of, simply to deal with a temporary
problem that could equally be solved by telling the greens in Europe
where to stick their energy policies?
And the 10 year lag between telling the greens to fuck off and to get
enough nukes built and online.
Or do we have enough coal that they've told us to shut down?
Between "bad legislation" and "my lights are going out" I'll take the
bad legislation, please Bob.
ALL I was saying was my law was less crap than the hoover law and yet
they passed the latter...
Or specifying that its fine to leave the door open when the
shop is not being heated, and the problem with enforcement
of that and defining just what is meant by being heated.
Makes a lot more sense to just allow the shops to do what they want to do.
It doesn’t level any playing field because the larger operations will
already have automatic doors and the smaller ones hardly ever do
and would have to pay a substantial amount extra to have one and
that is a lot more than leaving the door open.
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