Wylie Wal-Mart takes dramatic steps to conserve energy

This savvy Wal-Mart shopper scored the cottage cheese on his first look behind the curtain.

With Dallas under an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Thursday, Wal-Mart on Highway 78 in Wylie took extraordinary measures this evening to help conserve energy and keep refrigerated foods cold.

At first shoppers weren’t sure what to make of the blue,  polyethylene tarps that hung in make-shift fashion over the refrigerated shelves of milk, eggs and orange juice. Searching for sour cream became a game of hide-and-seek for one Wylie couple. 

This tarp made it even more difficult to find bargains.

This tarp that covered the dairy cooler formed an almost inpenetrable barrier to the butter. A freezer bin containing corn dogs and buffalo wings was topped with flattened cardboard boxes, in an effort to keep the hot air out and the cool air in.

Perhaps the only sight more amazing than curtains of blue plastic lining the aisles of Wal-Mart is this graphic of DFW’s 7-day forecast.







"Hey honey, I can't find the yogurt but this cookie dough sure looks good."

 By Dawn Redig, Editor

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3 Responses to "Wylie Wal-Mart takes dramatic steps to conserve energy"

  1. Mary Nugent   August 2, 2011 3:44 PM at 3:44 PM

    Walmart shows that they really care. In this horrific heat we all need to do what we can to curtail usage before we lose power grids. I really enjoyed the pictures and can only imagine what people walking into the store thought.

  2. Editor   August 2, 2011 10:18 AM at 10:18 AM

    I agree with Martha that we ought to commend the Wylie Walmart for its efforts to reduce energy consumption. We were there late in the evening so I did not get a chance to speak directly to the management, but when I discovered an entire section of the meat cooler empty, an employee explained that all of the chicken was being kept in the back and offered to get whatever I needed from there.

  3. Martha Caster Lloyd   August 2, 2011 8:43 AM at 8:43 AM

    I commend Wylie Walmart for conserving electricity. I can only imagine what their electric bill will be. Maybe they should actually close for a few hours a day if they are open 24 hours. Actually turn off some lights and keep the doors shut also.

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