Turn off the Lights

@nonersays (2530)
United States
April 11, 2010 9:34am CST
My city is taking down all of its old billboards and putting up new ELECTRONIC billboards. With talk of an "energy crisis" this confounds me. Every since I was little I remember being taught to turn off any lights I'm not using, but businesses who are not even open leave most if not all of their lights on overnight. How much energy could we save, as a whole, if businesses turned off lights, if electronic billboards were outlawed, if traffic lights and street lights ran on collectd solar power instead of the city's energy grid?
3 responses
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
11 Apr 10
Yes. You definitely have a point. If only our government should really implement such things of helping our mother nature then, surely we will all be benefiting from it. Company's will not I think abide the thing of putting off their lights because it is what a city is all about --lights. I just hoped that they do have some ways of helping mother nature in general...
@nonersays (2530)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Sadly, government and big business don't care one iota about nature or taking care of the environment. All they care about is the bottom line, and how much money they will make or lose in the long run.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
11 Apr 10
Many of our city's lights are being switched over to solar power, especially where getting electrical lines to them is expensive. So that's not a bad idea, but solar has it drawbacks, too. Our electric utility is adding power through solar grids, but it still doesn't handle the demand. Solar can only do so much. As for businesses turning off the lights at night on their billboards, I wouldn't be opposed to it.
@nonersays (2530)
• United States
11 Apr 10
I know solar power coudln't handle ALL of a citys electrical needs, but using it for things like traffic lights and street lamps would be a good start. Its good to hear that some citys are switching a few things to solar power.
• United States
11 Apr 10
You make some very valid points. We all must do our part and I think big business and government should do the same.Actually they should set the precedent. I'm not holding my breath though!
@nonersays (2530)
• United States
11 Apr 10
Its sad that the ones who are most influential are the least likely to do what is right.