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Maranda Marvin

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Cut down on energy consumption by turning off the lights of businesses & office buildings when they are closed.

Every time I travel down the road at night in the city of Houston, I am amazed at how much energy is being pumped into those nicely, sculpted buildings with the crystal clear windows at night. At night, when absolutely no one is in them.

Yes, yes, yes, I am a realist and I know crime is probably one of the reasons we keep on all of these decorative lights on our downtown buildings, our malls, grocery stores, and gas stations (while we sleep)... But maybe we can think of some other way to save that energy at night?

And yes, yes, I know not all of us are sleeping at night, many of us that live in the city are working, but I really think we could be a little more conservative in that area.

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  • Sep 7 2011: YES!!! i couldn't agree with you more Miranda. I go to a very liberal school up in Northern California (the place i learned how to give a crap), and couldn't help but wonder why the library was being left ON at night. No one was in there. In a time of horrible budget cuts, can't those in charge turn the lights off in order to shave a couple pennies off the electricity bill? School is only getting more and more expensive so why haven't we begun turning the lights off in buildings that aren't in use. The only counter-argument i can think of would be a robbery taking place... But that's a fear-filled way of thinking, something we should stay clear of.... I SAY WE TURN OFF THESE BLASTED LIGHTS!!
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      Sep 8 2011: I say you are right Oscar! Turn the lights off! OR actively seek a more efficient way to stave off thieves or vandals like solar power (yes I realize that may be quite expensive to install on the front end, but on the back end it will save us all so much money). Or security systems that have lights that come on whenever an intruder presents.
  • Sep 6 2011: yeah, I've always noticed huge office buildings with the lights turned on inside when there is clearly no one there. the energy consumption from that must be huge. maybe dimming the lights would be a good idea, and starting a campaign for that should start within government buildings because they themselves do this as well. or, the best thing to do would be to keep the lights lit on the first floor only, as there is no need to prevent crime from the upper floors from the outside, at least.
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      Sep 6 2011: Dimming the lights is a GREAT idea! I realize it would be a huge financial undertaking but it really is quite ridiculous to say we (as a city or town) conserving energy but we leave all kinds of lights on 24 hours a day.

      I know it is not an easy thing to change, but I think we really need to do something. I am going to get in touch with the city of Houston (that is where I am from) and see what kind of answers I get.
      • Sep 7 2011: That's good, and maybe I might be able to start something here in dallas. You know, in rooms that have an entire wall as a window, I think it would be even better to turn the lights off completely during the day, unless it's dark outside.
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    Sep 1 2011: Your observation is good and same the idea definitely is.
    Is it not better to switch off when there is none in the room regardless of day or night , working day or holiday ?
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      Sep 6 2011: Yes, it is better Salim. I am going to get in touch with the city of Houston (that is where I am from) and see what kind of answers I get tomorrow. Thanks for the response.