Sacramento flower shop adjusts hours to save energy and plants

Some Sacramento businesses are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat. They adjusted the hours to start and leave early to keep employees safe, save electricity and protect their products. At Relles Florist in Midtown, they worry about the flowers wilting. “If they’re in direct sunlight, it’s just brutal on the flowers,” owner Jim Relles said. Relles decided with the record temperatures to close his store early. “It’s so hot, I don’t think customers will come and besides, we’re trying to save energy,” he said. Despite the thermostat being raised, Relles said he can’t change the temperature of the coolers, which must stay at 35 degrees to keep the flowers cool. “I fear our refrigeration is breaking down,” he said. “It’s my biggest concern if there’s a brownout or blackout, which is even worse.” Delivery drivers must protect factories during deliveries. Even though the vans are air-conditioned, the bouquets need a little more love to stay cool. “When they deliver they also spray the other flowers because they keep opening the van and it lets all the hot air in.” he said. Florists also add a note card, reminding customers that it’s hot and the flowers will need extra care. Relles also won’t leave flowers on the porch in the shade during the heat wave. KCRA 3 spoke with Relles Florist on Tuesday, when downtown Sacramento recorded a new all-time high for the highest temperature at 116 degrees. Sacramentans — Californians in general — were also trying to conserve power that day to avoid rolling outages, which they narrowly avoided, according to the state’s grid operator.

Some Sacramento businesses are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat.

They have adjusted the hours to start and leave early to keep employees safe, save electricity and protect their products.

At Relles Florist in Midtown, they worry about the flowers wilting.

“If they’re in direct sunlight, it’s just brutal on the flowers,” owner Jim Relles said.

Relles decided with the record temperatures to close his store early.

“It’s so hot, I don’t think customers will come and on top of that we’re trying to save energy,” he said.

Despite the thermostat being raised, Relles said he couldn’t change the temperature of the coolers, which must stay at 35 degrees to keep the flowers cool.

“I fear our refrigeration is breaking down,” he said. “It’s my biggest concern if there’s a brownout or blackout, which is even worse.”

Delivery drivers must protect plants during deliveries. Even though the vans are air-conditioned, the bouquets need a little more love to stay cool.

“When they deliver they also spray the other flowers because they keep opening the van and that lets all the hot air in,” he said.

Florists also add a note card, reminding customers that it’s hot and the flowers will need extra care.

Relles also won’t leave porch flowers in the shade during the heat wave. KCRA 3 spoke with Relles Florist on Tuesday, when downtown Sacramento recorded a new all-time high for the highest temperature at 116 degrees.

Sacramentans — Californians in general — were also trying to conserve power that day to avoid power outages, which they narrowly avoided, according to the state’s grid operator.

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