In downtown Eindhoven, business owners are increasingly keeping their store doors closed. They do this not because they are closed, but to save energy. These measures can save up to 40% on energy consumption.
It may look bleak and unattractive, but closed doors do have a function. The Party for the Animals made a case for closed store doors earlier.
“This is good for the environment and also financially clever. Having the heating on with the doors wide open in the winter or an air conditioner in the summer costs a lot of energy and therefore also a lot of money,” a spokesperson for the Municipality of Eindhoven announced.
The closed doors may not appear friendly, but Alderman Monique Esselbrugge has thought of a solution. “Together with Stichting Binnenstad Eindhoven, we are going to hand out special signs. These signs should tell consumers they are still welcome. Hospitality is very important for us.”
The signs will be handed out next week for the first time in the Eindhoven city centre and later also in the shopping area of De Bergen.
Translation: Chaitali Sengupta. She also gives online INBURGERING classes.