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Wasting energy in the Richmond ice skating rink October 29, 2008

Posted by Raul in energy, food for thought, random thoughts, Richmond.

As we were driving back from Richmond, Arieanna, Ianiv and I noticed that the Richmond ice skating facility had all the lights turned on. Surely, the building looks pretty (particularly at night) but I am pretty sure that’s a waste of energy. Despite the wonderful view, I would prefer if they turned off the lights. Just saying. The same could be said for BCIT’s Aerospace Facility (very pretty as well, but very wasteful!)


1. Chris - October 30, 2008

I’ve been asking myself the very same thing each time I drive by (considering I live in Richmond, it’s quite frequent). The only thing I can think of is they are still doing some work actively inside the rink, but it could very well just be a “sales job” to show off the goodies.

As for BCIT, they are actually turning down the lights compared to what they have lit up during the day.

2. Beth - November 1, 2008

Apparently, when they tore down the old UBC rinks to build the new ones, they discovered that the cooling mechanism that freezes the ice was malfunctioning (for who knows how long), and had been freezing not only the rink ice, but also freezing downward so that the ground beneath the building was being frozen! Talk about a waste of energy!

3. Raul - November 1, 2008

@ Chris and @ Beth – I wish they didn’t waste ANY energy!

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