December 11, 2009

Eat a Cold Potato in the Dark Day!

I try not to get angry, but...

Boulder Daily Camera:

DENVER Dozens of Colorado businesses are turning off their lights from noon to 1 p.m. Friday as part of an initiative to conserve energy.

It's called Lights Out Lunch. Residents who pledge to turn off their lights too can get discounts from participating restaurants and a chance to win prizes.

The initiative is by Xcel Energy, the Governor's Energy Office and the city and county of Denver.

Colorado Restaurant Association President and CEO Pete Meersman says research shows restaurants use more than five times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings.

We froze in the dark for tens of thousands of years. Y'all want to climb back in the cave, be my guest! The stupidity of local government is no surprise, but how is the utility, Xcel Energy, caught up in this? Will the restaurants do a hunger strike day?

From the other side Posted by John Kranz at December 11, 2009 7:51 PM

Turn off one's lights for "a chance to win prizes." It's Privations for Prizes!

Gee, maybe one of the prizes is one of those bitchin' little solar-powered book lights.

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2009 11:05 PM

As for why the power company is "caught up in this" remember that they are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission. It's for the same reason that insurance companies initially "supported" health-care reform. If they don't play the game, or at least pretend to, there will be hell to pay at the hands of our "protectors" in the government.

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2009 11:09 PM

Wouldn't it be better to have a "brown bag" day when all restaurants shut down? Surely the energy needed to keep all those ovens, grills and dish washing equipment working far exceeds the energy used for a few office lights. Think how much energy a cold ham sandwich would save!

Do you supposed the restaurant association is really interested in being "green" or is this perhaps cynical opportunism to increase business? Not that I blame them.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 13, 2009 6:33 PM | What do you think? [3]