The city’s mayor said on Tuesday that Paris would turn off the Eiffel Tower lights an hour earlier than usual, lower the water temperature in municipal pools and delay the heating of public buildings to save energy.
The measures are intended to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s goal that industry, households and municipal officials reduce their energy consumption by 10% in response to Russia’s gas supply cuts and rising energy prices.
Across Europe, countries are looking for ways to cut energy consumption and fill up their gas stores in preparation for a potential total cut-off.
France is not as exposed to Russian gas as some neighbours, but the record number of nuclear reactors has forced France to import electricity when it would normally be an exporter, adding pressure to electricity markets.
“France will always be a city of light”, said Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The Eiffel Tower is currently illuminated by a lighting system that gives it a golden glow. At the top of each hour while it’s lit, it flickers thanks to 20,000 flashing bulbs. Switching off the memorial lights at 11:45 pm would mean a 4% reduction in electricity consumption.
Hidalgo said that from 23 September the lighting in public buildings in Paris would be turned off at 10 p.m., while the water temperature in the pools would be reduced from 26 Celsius to 25 Celsius. Heating in the public building will be dialed down to 18 Celsius.
The capital’s energy bill will reach 90 million euros this year, 35 million more than usual, even as long-term electricity and gas contracts shield authorities from the worst escalation in costs.
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