There’s not much love for banks these days, but they honestly bring it on themselves. What with the risky lending, the government bailouts and the cushy bonuses paid to fat cat bosses, it would seem that yet another post criticizing banks would just be another fart in this windstorm, but I truly thing there is something that we (the 99%? .… or at least the normal people) can do. Here’s what greeted me at my bank branch today:
This is just about the most wasteful use of electricity I can fathom. You have four large flat panels running the exact same advertising loop and there is no position in the room where you could see one panel and not be able to see the other three. Even if you value the drivel they’re presenting while you are forced to wait in queue, the other three panels are completely redundant and constantly wasting electricity. I sincerely hope they shut them off at night. There is also another flat panel across the room, if you’re having trouble with these four.
Now the irony prize goes to another nameless branch for which I don’t have a picture. It only had three flat panels wasting electricity, but their chosen video loop extolled the banks virtuous green initiative that replaced many incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs. Too bad the savings in electricity is offset by the three giant flat panels telling us about it. Again, I sincerely hope they turn them off at night.
I have complained to both branch managers.
I’m not a person that sees every use of energy as an evil of our society. I generally believe that we humans are affecting the planet and that we need to do something. Some energy use is unavoidable. Living in Canada teaches one the importance of heating one’s house. Some energy use can be reduced. Living in Canada teaches one the importance of good insulation and a moderate thermostat setting.
But some energy use is purely wasteful and thus unconscionable. Living in Canada does not teach one to leave one’s door open during the winter.