Photograph of open store doors from the NRDC

The City Council voted by an overwhelming margin to pass the bill requiring chain stores to shut their doors when their air conditioners are running, leaving many small business unhappy. Cookie Falack, the owner of six Cookie's clothing stores called it "anti-business" and claimed that when they closed their doors earlier this summer, business went down almost 25 percent. But Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the green initiative, saying "We are trying to take some reasonable measure to reduce energy consumption at a time when the systems are most strained."

Tips on how to efficiently manage your A/C.

Photograph of the midtown Kenneth Cole store's open doors--even the inner vestibule doors--from the NRDC