PHOTO: State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. this week said he’s proud to support the city’s “Shut the Front Door” energy conservation initiative. File Photo
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week announced that he is supporting the city’s “Shut the Front Door” initiative aimed at conserving energy and protecting the environment.
Created by the city Department of Consumer Affairs, the program encourages businesses to keep their front door closed whenever the air conditioning is running. This action has major incentives that include saving money and preserving energy resources while also helping New Yorkers beat the heat during the summer.
“Making sure your front door is shut while you have your air conditioner running is a simple and effortless way to do your part to help protect our planet,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “This easy fix can help you stay cool and comfortable by keeping the cold air in and can also save thousands of dollars in utility expenses, not to mention the environmental benefit of cutting down on air pollution. I welcome this initiative from the Department of Consumer Affairs and thank the agency for taking such insightful action to promote this cause.”
Last Wednesday, the city held its first ever Shut the Front Door Business Education Day. More than 200 volunteers visited nearly 45 business corridors throughout the five boroughs to educate businesses about the environmental and financial impacts of keeping their doors open while running the air conditioning.
According to Con Edison, if just one business closes its doors during the summer time, it can prevent the unnecessary release of more than 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide, save five barrels of oil, and save more than $1,000 on electric bills.
By Forum Staff