Monday, December 6, 2010

How to keep your streetlight off

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

In high school, our stage crew had shirts printed that read: We Do it Better in the Dark.

Let their be light ... for those that want it.
  • Let there be light ... for those who want it.
Sophomoric, I know, but I flashed back to the slogan when I read Friday's press release from the city pertaining to an option to keep "select" streetlights off once the city begins turning the majority back on in early January.

In case you missed that news, and are interested in keeping a light near your house from being rekindled, here's what you need to know:

... interested citizens must call 385-2852 by Dec. 31 to notify the City of their intent to get neighbor agreement to keep a streetlight off. The citizens then have until Feb. 15, 2011 to document the approval of at least 67 percent of affected neighbors (as determined by City staff) by filling out and sending in a form to the City by Feb. 15, 2011. Forms will soon be available online at or by calling 385-2852.

If you're wondering why anyone would want to keep a light off (aside from the $1.3 million in savings this past year), I can offer two justifications:

• My personal reason would be that I live on a dead-end street with virtually no traffic, so I don't feel that the light (which unfortunately shines directly into my bedroom windows) is necessary.

• From Pam Zubeck's article in our Eco Guide earlier this year, we learned that turning off the lights saved us from burning roughly 47 train cars of coal — not a lot compared to the 2 million tons we otherwise burn annually, but a small step nonetheless.

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