Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 48
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 48

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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Air-Conditioning Firms Eye Long, Hot Summer (Q ,\«r \ork Tim** Semee ATLANTA -- This is going to be a long, hot summer for the air-conditioning industry and a lot of ooce cool Americans. Soaring electric bills and a depressed building industry have combined economic forces to cut the production, sale and use of units of all types. After two decades of booming growth, manufacturers and distributors here and elsewhere around the country suddenly find themselves in a slump, despite the fact that they are making special efforts to produce more efficient machines. Business is down a third to a half. Some workers are being laid off. Home owners and office managers, sweating over recession-squeezed budgets, are reducing the use of existing cooling units or simply pulling their plugs. Such strict conservation of power goes against an over-all trend toward increased consumption after a brief period of cutback. The explanation seems to be that air-conditioners are among the most expensive of all electrical devices to operate. Drew Ciccarello (Right) Gets Feel of Scarecrow Role Melissa Henderson (left) Plays Dorothy Area Students Getting Theater Experience HARDWARE DEALERS are selling more and more insulation, thermal glass, roof ventilators, and window and attic fans, items that energy specialists say will sometimes pay for themselves in electrical savings in a year or two. "We've got several air conditioners, but they burn so much electricity that we've given up using them and are toughing it out without fans," says Gibson Durden, an Atlanta real estate agent. In Miami, two of the three big compressors that cool the 31-story First Federal Building, a major office tower, are now idle at night. "We found we could get along without them fairly well and save money, too," reported John Basic, the building manager. In Dayton, the Barker Furnace Co. has installed only 20 air-conditioning units in new houses this year. Before the housing market fell apart, the company was installing at least 50 units every year. In Kansas City, the A.B. May Sales Service Co. has been forced to layoff some of its air conditioner installers. In Louisville, the General Electric Co. is laying off almost 400 of the men and women who make its window units. The company refuses to disclose production figures on the ground that they are "trade secrets," but one official acknowledged privately that "a considerable fall off" · had taken place. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade organization based in Chicago, estimates that production of window units is down about 40 per cent for the year. "People aren't buying because of the energy crisis and because they're short of cash right now, anyway," said Frank Miles, an association official. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute of Arlington, Va., reports that shipments of large units designed to cool an entire home or office fell more than 50 per cent during the first quarter of 1975. * · * ON THE OTHER HAND, things could hardly be better for Ed Plenums, head purchaser for the West Lumber Co., one of the Atlanta area's largest hardware and building suppliers. "A few years ago," he said, "we stopped carrying attic fans in some of our stores. Now, we've had to restock them. "Sales of many energy-saving items are up 50 per cent or more. We expect them to continue that way so long as there's an energy crisis and a recession." In Dayton, Harry McCory of Reliable Electric Contractors reported that fan sales were up 20 per cent. "We're putting in two or three attic units a week," he continued. "I've got a man working fulltime. Lots of those going to fans already have air conditioning." Air conditioners consume about 15 per cent of the electricity produced in the United States. But the sudden willingness of many Americans to sweat a little in once- cool offices and bedrooms does not appear to represent a sudden altruistic concern about energy consumption. Group Denounces India's Leader The Charleston society of Ananda Marga, an international socio-spiritual organization whose members practice yoga and most of whom live in India, has denounced Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's declaration of a national state of emergency- The mass arrests are nothing new, said Steve Wazelle of 1903 Pine Manor, financial secretary for the society. "In 1974," he said, "she had over 8,000 railroad union officials arrested to break the back of a national railway strike." By Kay Michael Forty students from high schools in Kanawha, Clay, Boone and Putnam counties are learning first hand how to design sets, operate stage lights, dance, apply makeup, and act. They're enrolled in a performing arts workshop at West Virginia State College. The three-week experiment will end this week with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Davis Fine Arts Building on campus. STUDENTS ARE presenting an original version of "The Wizard of Oz." The show, a musical, is based on both the Judy Garland movie and the broadway play, "Oz." Funded by the Regional Education Service Agency, a cooperative program of 2-Tier Fares Suggested For Transit boards of education in Kanawha, Clay, Boone and Putnam counties, the program is the first of its kind in the Charleston area. Barbara Jones, the Kanawha County school board's consultant for gifted children, said she hopes permanent funding can be found so that the program can be repeated each summer. "A number of states have a governor's honors program similar to this," she said. "People have come in from governors' programs in Georgia and North Carolina." Mrs. Jones said she hopes West Virginia will begin a program to fund the workshop. * * * STUDENTS CAN earn college credit through the workshop, she said. And the program isn't restricted to gifted children. Original music has been written for the production by Don Reggio. Choreography is by Nina Lou Denton. Set design is by Mike Hotopp of New York. Mrs. Jones said Hotopp designed sets so simply that high schoolers can put it together. Costume materials are being sent from New York. Director of the performance is Tom Murphy, director of the Charleston Light Opera Guild. patio delights GAS CHARCOAL GRILLS Cook for o crowd on Chor-vue Cos CRILL-HEA V Y DUTY CAST ALUMINUM oven with window on a pedestal reg. $169.90 NOW LASS Sidoboards GOLDFARB ELECTRIC SUPPLY CO., INC. 106 Virginia St. E. PH. 342-2153 FREE PARKING Open 7:30-5 P. M. Tu**.-Fri. 7:30*9 P. M. MON. SAT. 7:30-13:30 WI ACCEPT BANK AMERICARD fc MASTER CHARGE (C) New Yorfc Timei Service WASHINGTON - Hard-pressed urban transit systems should examine the possibility of installing a two-tier fare system, charging higher fares to all but low-income passengers, William T. Coleman, secretary of transportation, said in an interview this week. Some cities, including New York, already provide low rates to senior citizens who ride during off peak hours. "Relief re- cipents, job seekers and others perhaps should be treated like senior citizens," Coleman said. "Most cities want to provide low fares to low-income people who have no alternative to the public transportation system," he said. "But fares for others should be decided on a different basis. The basis should be - what is the maximum nonprofit price you can charge and still not lose too many people to other modes of transportation." Coleman, a lawyer from Philadelphia who has been on the job at Transportation for four months, said that cities also should renegotiate union contracts, to permit part-time drivers to augment the drive force during peak hours. This could add to productivity, he said. Most union contracts now require the transit authorities to give full pay and credit for eight hours of work to drivers who come to work in the morning, even though there is idle time after the peak period, which may last for only two or three hours. "Young people, students and maybe even housewives might be able to work a peak period, and help cut down on the number of regular drivers needed.'' he said. "It really makes you wonder when you see all of those 55-passenger buses going around in the middle of the day with six passengers on them." Coleman, whose department administers new legislation that helps cities buy new equipment, said that transit planners also should give more thought to buying smaller bases of jitneys for use during COOL DOWN THAT 1 ATTIC OVEN! WITH A HUNTER'S ALL NEW AUTOMATIC EXHAUST FAN outside temp. 95° 150° without Exhaust-Aire 95 For successful attic ventilation, air must be pulled through entire attic. with Exhaust-Aire QC° without air conditioning ·jwy- with air conditioning f fc operating constantly QC° without air conditioning jf\° with air conditioning f f c operating intermittently Before After · REDUCE AIR CONDITION LOAD · AUTOMATIC THERMOSTAT CONTROL · LOWERS UTILITY BILLS GOLDFARB ELECTRIC SUPPLY CO., LISTPIIICI '79.95 SALE PRICE IMVIKMAST.E. FKEMMHK Lorgts t sttoction of lamp* and lighting fixtures taW.Va. PRICES GOOD JULY 6,7,8 GROUND BEEF 3 IBS. OR MORE 3LIS. MMRE GROUND CHUCK MORTON HOUSE BEEF, PORK, SALISBURY TURKEY p A CANNED HUTS '· 59 GOLDEN ISLE ICE CREAM Vi GAL. 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