Wednesday, August 8, 2007


This is a short post and to the point. Why are the urban areas of North American constantly over-lit?

Look at office towers, stores, alleyway, parks, business districts - anywhere in the city. It may be 3 a.m. and not a soul around but the lights are still on. Millions of them burning brightly. Some are so bright you could do surgery under them.

Most of these lights use old inefficient lightbulbs. Private landlords and governments could save hundreds of millions of dollars in this country by turning out the lights when they're not needed, changing to energy efficiency bulbs, reducing the brightness of many of them, and putting motions sensors on lights in office and residential towers.

Emissions from cars and airlpanes, over-lighting and unecessary air-conditioning and loss of heat from energy-efficient buildings in winter are all major causes of energy loss. The waste from overlighting alone is astounding. It is so bright it can be seen from outer-space. It's time to take a stand against this incredible waste.

Turning off the lights where you live is a start, but it is only a start. Get active on this by asking business and schools and governments to do the same.

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