Zut Alors! Turn off those lights

France is reportedly bringing in a country-wide ban of lights in business properties and public buildings between the hours of 1am to 7am. Brought in by Delphine Batho, France’s Minister […]

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By Vicky Ellis

France is reportedly bringing in a country-wide ban of lights in business properties and public buildings between the hours of 1am to 7am.

Brought in by Delphine Batho, France’s Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the energy saving ban is set to kick in from July later this year.

Offices will have to turn off interior lights in offices one hour after staff leave, while shop windows and commercial sites will have to be switched off after 1am along with façade lighting outside shops.

This is meant to save roughly 250,000 tonnes of CO2 and 2 TWh of energy every year, the same electricity used by around 750,000 households.

In the capital Paris, churches, statues, fountains, bridges and monuments including the Eiffel Tower reportedly already turn off their lights by 1am.