Cool shop Uptown business owner recognized for energy conservation
Jennifer Ormston, Waterloo
Waterloo Chronicle – Jun 21, 2006
Only a couple of months after opening the doors of Loop Clothing in 2004, owner Alnoor Keshvani knew something had to be done about its costly hydro
So he switched the 75-watt bulbs in the store's 34 pot lights to 13-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, to name only one of a number of changes
he made to the lighting system.
"It was about energy consumption and it was also about saving money. I'm a small business, not a huge corporation. Anything I could save here or there
was definitely worth it," he said.
As a result of his energy conserving efforts, Keshvani was among four small business owners in Waterloo Region to be recognized at the recent launch
of the 2006 Cool Shops program.
Each of the business owners has made significant energy efficient changes, such as installing programmable thermostats, upgrading lighting systems
and changing old bulbs to CFLs, said Cara Sweeny, the Cool Shops program manager for the Clean Air Foundation.
Some have also made efforts to change their behaviour, like keeping doors closed in the summer while the air conditioning is on.
Cool Shops -- which is new to the region but has been running in Toronto since 2000 -- is managed by the Clean Air Foundation, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to reducing emissions, improving air quality and protecting the climate.
The program provides business owners with advice on how to conserve energy and save money, Sweeny said, adding it has many free benefits.
Business owners receive a complimentary energy audit of their facility that instantly calculates the annual savings they would have if they made energy
efficient changes or retrofits to their lighting.
They also receive two free light emitting diode (LED) bulbs for their exit signs and two free CFL bulbs, in addition to a discounted product sheet that
offers substantial savings on such items as CFL bulbs.
Businesses that are audited and