Remember a few months back when the the Town of Brattleboro suggested that one way to cut costs would be to turn off unused streetlights? Checking in with the Brattleboro Department of Public Works shows that a handful of residents have taken advantage of turning out the lights.
Why turn them off? The original idea was to save Brattleboro about $200 a year per light in electricty costs but there are other reasons. In addition to the energy savings it is one less light to maintain. Conditions are improved for those who like viewing nocturnal animals. You might sleep better with less ambient nightime light. Perhaps best of all, it helps darken the sky for better stargazing.
According to Steve Barrett at the Department of Public Works, 5 lights have been scheduled to be turned off. This amounts to approximately $1,000 in electricity savings, but he thinks we can do more to promote the program to residents.
If you'd like to turn your streetlight off, the first step is to consult with your neighbors - those that live around the light you have in mind. If you can get them to agree that removing the streetlight would be a good thing you are well on your way.
Once you have neighbors in agreement, get in touch with the Department of Public Works to let them know about the light everyone agrees should be turned off. They'll do some things at their end and schedule a time to turn the light off and remove the fixture.