Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lights out!

From CBS New York:

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but its workers are not always in their offices.

City Councilman Donovan Richards is proposing a bill that would require some unoccupied commercial buildings to go dark, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

“The majority of emissions in New York City, 75 percent of them, come from buildings,” Richards said.

Richards said Paris recently passed a similar law.

“They only have 25 percent of the buildings we have, and they’re saving $260 million a year,” the councilman said.

There are currently no restrictions on lighting in New York.

It would also cut down on light pollution (why we can't see the stars at night) and bird strikes.


Anonymous said...

Great idea!

Anonymous said...

This is what we pay these clowns $110,000.00 + a year for? To tell us to turn the lights out when we leave?!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 2:

If you're not smart enough to do so, yes.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea!

Anonymous said...

When the music is over turn out the lights.

Anonymous said...

Stick to running the government and stopping the waste there.

Some lights are left on for safety. For privately owned or leased space is a person or corporation paying out of their own pocket for the power, so that's all the incentive to save one will need.

And since when does New York City follow the lead of Paris?

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 6:

When they're doing something that's good?

Anonymous said...

There are currently no restrictions on lighting in New York.

That is simply not true.

The energy conversation code of NY dictates light level usage, in both new construction and renovation, of office space, as well as other uses (at different allowable levels).

In office space, for example, you cannot exceed 1watt per sq. ft.

Also part of the code, new fixtures have to operate on occupancy senors, so they automatically turn off if the room goes empty.