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Businesses: Remember to "Shut the Front Door!"

As the temperatures begin to rise this summer, the BID wants to remind businesses to “Shut the Front Door!” According to New York City’s air conditioning law, it is illegal to leave store doors and windows open while air conditioning is running. Just by closing the door, the average business can save more than $1,000 on electric bills, noted Con Edison. You’ll also prevent unnecessary release of carbon dioxide and save approximately five barrels of oil.

Last summer, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced their campaign to encourage businesses to “Shut the Front Door!” The campaign helps to educate businesses on Local Law 92, which prohibits stores—regardless of size--from leaving doors or windows open while air conditioning is running. Chain stores—stores with five or more locations in New York City—must post a sign alerting people to contact 311 to report violations of the law on all exterior doors where people can see it.

Businesses can pledge to #BeCoolSaveFuel and print this page (in PDF) to post on your store door to show your customers you're proud to protect NYC's environment.

Learn more about the law and campaign here.

Image via New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

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