Lights out on the Eiffel Tower: the latest European energy saving program

  • The shortage of energy in Europe has forced authorities across the continent to take extreme measures to reduce and encourage the reduction of energy consumption.
  • The mayor of Paris said the Eiffel Tower will be turned off several hours earlier than usual in a bid to save energy, with the move reducing the tower’s energy consumption by 4%.
  • Authorities across Europe are turning off lights in public buildings, reducing temperatures in swimming pools and encouraging residents to take shorter showers.


The lights of the Eiffel Tower will be turned off several hours earlier than usual in a bid to save energy, the mayor of Paris has said, as the capital joins a national effort to reduce by one tenth the electricity consumption.

Normally, the Eiffel Tower’s lights go out at 1 a.m., but this will now be brought forward to 11:45 p.m., when the monument closes to visitors. This would reduce the Eiffel Tower’s electricity consumption by 4%.

Other measures to reduce electricity consumption in the city include switching off the lights in public buildings at 10 p.m. and reducing the temperature in these buildings to 18 degrees Celsius.

Paris’s efforts echo similar moves by cities across Europe as the European Union tries to tackle its energy problem. In addition to turning off lights in public buildings and historical monuments earlier, elsewhere, such as Germany and the Netherlands, authorities are advising people to take shorter showers to save energy and lower the temperature of bathrooms. swimming pools.

It’s all part of efforts to cut energy consumption across the bloc by 15%, in line with plans set out by the European Commission last month. Yet pressure is mounting to make the cuts happen, with the Commission earlier this month proposing that they be made mandatory rather than voluntary, which was the start.

Reducing energy consumption is an essential tool for the European Union to overcome the energy crisis it is currently facing. In addition to reductions in consumption, the plans also include capping energy prices for households and imposing a cap on revenues for companies producing electricity from sources other than natural gas.

The EU is also planning direct intervention in the bloc’s power markets amid a liquidity crunch threatening dozens of energy trading companies.

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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