Shedding light on the subject

Stores leaving lights on all hours of the night unnecessary

If you were to talk to any store owner in Vernon and ask them if they had a high electricity bill, about 95 per cent of them would say yes. I was driving through Vernon at 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning recently and I noticed that in almost every single store you looked into the lights were on.

I thought to myself, if all of the store owners in Vernon turned their lights off for one night, it would save them a lot of money but also it would be better for the environment. I think it is such a waste of energy to leave all the lights on in an office building or a restaurant.

Do the owners of restaurants really think that if someone drives by at 3 a.m. they’re going to be in the mood for a burger and fries? Office buildings leave all of their lights on when there is no one inside. Also, hotels keep their bright displays on all night. I would understand if they were on till 10 p.m. or so for the people that arrive late. But is it really necessary when the receptionist leaves that the lights are still advertising people to come in when you can’t?

I think the only excuse for the lights of a business to be on at night is if it is a 24-hour business like a drive-thru or if some companies have graveyard shifts.

If stores did leave their lights on, they might be lucky if they got a couple people to look at their display but at night, everyone is sleeping anyway. If store owners really wanted to keep their displays on, they could be put on a timer so they turn off at midnight and then they would turn back on at 7 a.m. Even if you do this, you are still saving electricity instead of having the lights on all night.

In the end, I think keeping your business lights on all night is a big waste of electricity and money. See if you can try to keep them off for one month and see how much money you save.

At the end of the month, you can count all of the money that you saved and you could use it for a business repair or an upgrade. By doing this, we can make Vernon a smarter and greener community and become a role model for the other towns and cities in the Okanagan.

Dory Geelkerken

Grade 10 student at Vernon Secondary School



Just Posted

Rolling memorial for Armstrong man

Friends to host special tribute for Jesse Haller Saturday

Vernon mom cherishes life-saving alert dog

Carrie Lemay, single mom and a diabetic, welcomed Freckles, an alert guide dog, into her life

Dream funds serve up dream kitchen for Vernon organization

CMHA upgrades space thanks to Kalamalka Dream Auction donation

Vernon artisans guild celebrates 40 years with sale

Okanagan Artisans Guild to host mega art sale showcasing local artists

Windsor Dukes dominate Vernon Panthers

North Van school scores 47-8 B.C. High School Junior Varsity Football quarterfinal win at GVAP

Gym enthusiasts invited to get in gear for kids

Spin4Kids Saturday at GoodLife Fitness

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Province working with RCMP to address the force’s B.C. budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Disciplinary hearing date set for South Okanagan pharmacy

Hearing will take place on Dec. 4 in Vancouver

Salmon Arm Golf Club sold to consolidator GolfNorth Properties

Decision to sell unanimously approved by club’s board of directors

Probus Vernon tries it all

Networking and fun all had at local club

Local Lizzie: Advice for the first day of university

Lizzie Skelton is a UBC Okanagan student who writes a column for Black Press

UBC Okanagan, RCMP collab for study on reporting child abuse

A fundraising gala will present a UBCO psych student’s research on how and when abuse is reported

Shuswap resident seeks return of stolen jewelry box containing father’s cremated remains

Sicamous RCMP report handmade box was taken from a storage locker

Most Read