Lights out early for Eiffel Tower as Paris saves energy
Paris will switch off the Eiffel Tower's lights an hour earlier than normal, lower the water temperature in municipal pools and delay heating public buildings to save energy this winter, the city's mayor said on Tuesday (Sep 13).
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The measures are aimed at meeting President Emmanuel Macron's goal that industry, households, and municipal authorities reduce their energy consumption by 10 per cent in response to Russia's cut to gas supplies and spiralling energy prices.
Around Europe, countries are looking for ways to cut energy consumption and fill up their gas stores in preparation for a possible total cut-off.
France is not as exposed to Russian gas as some neighbours but a record number of nuclear reactor outages has forced France to import power when it would typically be an exporter, exacerbating the pressure on power markets.
"France will always be the City of Light", Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.
The Eiffel Tower is currently illuminated until 1am by a lighting system that lends it a golden glow. At the top of each hour while lit, it twinkles thanks to 20,000 flashing bulbs. Extinguishing the monument's lights at 11.45pm would mean a 4 per cent reduction in its power consumption.