Eiffel Tower turns off lights early as Paris tries to cut energy costs – POLITICO


La ville lumière is popping off the lights. Just a bit bit.

The Eiffel Tower will flip off its flashing lights one hour sooner than regular, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo introduced on Tuesday. This symbolic measure is a part of a broader energy-saving plan as town is bracing for rising vitality prices.

The lights on the enduring tower will flip off at 11:45 p.m. as an alternative of 1 a.m. Nonetheless, the change might be principally symbolic: The hourly gentle flashes are already pretty environment friendly, and solely account for 4 p.c of the monument’s vitality invoice, in accordance with its operator.

Different measures might be extra impactful. Heating in city-managed buildings might be lowered from 19 to 18 levels Celsius, besides in nurseries and care houses for the aged. It should additionally begin a month later than regular. Public swimming pools are additionally dropping a level all the way down to 26 levels Celsius. Some public swimming pools in Paris and different French cities had already been shut down by a personal contractor due to rising costs. Lighting of public monuments will even be turned down at 10 p.m., though avenue lights will stay on.

Hidalgo is hoping to chop fuel and electrical energy prices by 10 p.c, or about 67 gigawatt-hours. Paris’ efforts are a part of a broader motion of cities throughout Europe making an attempt to chop down on vitality, most of them beginning with late-night avenue lighting.

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