Wednesday, June 3, 2009

We did it! We're sweaty, but we did it!

Regular readers of the MF Blog will know that April was officially declared the month of highlighting the Green efforts of the Mattress Factory. But because the Greening of the museum is an ongoing project, the Development Department (located on the third - and highest - floor of the MF administrative building) decided to partake in an energy usage experiment. We were curious about our potential impact–on both usage and the monthly financials–if we went the entire month of May without using heat or, more noticeably, air conditioning. Remember now how heat rises?

So from May 1st through May 31st, all heating and air conditioning remained off. Kudos to Jeffrey, Emily, Claudia, Colleen and Shannon for sweatin' through May with me.

Not only did we shave a wee bit from our carbon footprint, we were able to save a few bucks. Not a bad deal, really. What we weren't prepared for was the extreme humidity toward the end of the month. We survived two straight days of 88 degrees and nearly 100% humidity in the office. The dozens of windows offer an abundance of natural sunlight and gorgeous views, but the greenhouse effect is a little less than welcome on a warm, humid day. We did it, though! Yeah!

Every little gesture makes a difference, so why not turn up your thermostat a few degrees this summer and grab a MF Green Membership with the extra cash you save?

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