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Tuesday, May 29 2007 @ 06:33 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: cgrotke

Town NewsRemember 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.


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    Brattleboro Streetlight Savings Start
    Authored by: annikee on Tuesday, May 29 2007 @ 07:08 PM GMT+4
    Why remove the fixture? Won't the labor involved in that kill any profit? And what if in the future some people want a light there? Spend more money to replace it? Why can't they just turn it off, remove the bulb?
    Brattleboro Streetlight Savings Start
    Authored by: cgrotke on Tuesday, May 29 2007 @ 08:27 PM GMT+4
    I kinda like that they will be gone and won't return without significant
    thought or effort.

    Maybe they can sell them, or reuse them elsewhere.
    Brattleboro Streetlight Savings Start
    Authored by: NorahCook on Wednesday, May 30 2007 @ 12:52 AM GMT+4
    Should anyone want them replaced in the future, new solar powered versions or even a solar-powered motion-sensor kind of fixture could be put in place. It might take a few years for the savings to catch up with initial investment, but in the meantime the removal has already produced some savings and so on.

    But also let's think about the reason for lights in the first place. Is it for nightime pedestrians and bicyclists? There are very few self-powered people on the streets (but that will change with rising gas prices). Lights are also a crime deterrent, supposedly, but I bet a motion-sensor light that only flicks on when someone is passing by would be an even greater crime deterrent (Surprise!). Any other reasons?

    Brattleboro Streetlight Savings Start
    Authored by: babalu on Wednesday, May 30 2007 @ 03:40 PM GMT+4
    Somewhere near Brookside, on western ave, is a street light (or someother light?)that goes on and off - at least, I notice it goes off once I've driven past because the difference is acute enough that I look to see if something is wrong with my headlights; and it seems to be consistent with passing by it.

    Does the town have some differnt type of light there; or is it just a malfunctioning street light, or is the light from another source? has anyone else noticed this?

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