Teresa Audesirk: Why are we so wasteful
December 3, 2014
I'm doing some laps at Old Town Hot Springs. It's unseasonably warm; nice, but not great for a "Champagne Powder" economy.
From my lap lane, I clearly can see the back door propped open by a large rock — it isn't that warm. Shoving the rock aside as I enter the back stairwell, I hear a roaring sound — sure enough — a heater desperately is trying to bring the entire outdoors up to room temperature. Why is this area heated at all?
On the way home, I stop at the post office. It's down into the 30s now, and rocks propping doors open at both ends of the building are creating a perfect wind tunnel. It's remarkably warm inside, considering. Those big ceiling heaters are making sure the steady stream of people walking in and out aren't at all discomfited by the cold air pouring through.
Thanks to a "leave things as you find them" mentality (good for ranch gates) people who prop doors open and walk away perhaps unwittingly cause them to be left open all day long — regardless of the temperature. Why was it so warm on Thanksgiving weekend? Could it possibly be related to our profligate use of energy?
I somewhat apologetically pushed the first rock aside. A man leaving the post office actually smiled at me. "Good idea," he said. It warmed my heart.
It is a good idea, I thought, as I more confidently pushed the second rock away from the other door — maybe some other people could do this too. Here's wishing everyone a Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) that's warm inside — where the warmth should be — and with fluffy frozen Champagne Powder outdoors.
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