Stores ordered to shut doors for AC

August 13, 2008 3:47:14 PM PDT
The New York City Council is slamming the door on stores that blast their air conditioning in the summer to lure foot traffic from the hot sidewalks. A bill expected to pass Thursday would prohibit large stores from keeping their doors open while running their air conditioners. First violation gets a warning, second gets a $200 fine and third gets a $400 fine.

The council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg believe it will help conserve energy in summer months, when power demands are at their highest. ----
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