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Michigan: The energy activist

Self-appointed crusader goes to shopping centers and suggests: Turn it down

Source:  Copyright 2006, Detroit Free Press
Date:  January 20, 2006
Byline:  EMILIA ASKARI
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Like many Michiganders, Frank Zaski is doing everything he can this winter to reduce his high energy bills.

But Zaski, a retired Chrysler manager, isn't satisfied with merely putting some extra insulation in his attic and turning off his lights. He's also on a one-man crusade to make a bigger difference by getting mall managers to lower the temperature a few degrees in their food courts and atriums in an effort to save money and help the environment.

Zaski, of Franklin, says many public buildings are too warm inside, especially considering that lots of shoppers are walking around in sweaters and winter coats. So for the past couple of months, he's been carrying a pair of thermometers to local malls, recording temperatures and talking to store managers -- with mixed results.

"I'm really a quiet, shy person, but I'm getting more bold," he said Monday. "I usually say I'm a retired businessman and I'm trying ...

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