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City thumbs nose at Energy Consumption

Original post made by Annie, Crescent Park, on Dec 13, 2010

The holiday season in America has always been a balance between the good and hollow and excessive.

In my mind the tree lights on University look good at night but leaving them on during the day is excessive.

As CPAU tries to persuade customers to turn off lights, and Silicon Valley struggles to become a global leader in clean tech, leaving the Christmas lights on during the day seems not so much to signal holiday cheer but to scream the hollowness of the city's commitment to the environment.

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Posted by Bah Humbug
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

There is nothing so dismal as Christmas lights not switched on even if it is a sunny day.

Keep the pretty lights on to help our mood. Switch them off and watch us spend less because we feel miserable. Not scientific just what I know I do.

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Posted by LED
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

LED Christmas lights only use 15% of the power of traditional incandescent lights. What kind of lights are the city using?

And did the city install the lights or the downtown merchant's association? Really hard to tell stores not to advertise during the Christmas season.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

See? As soon as energy becomes a public concern, every use becomes questionable. Imagine Vegas without neons! Imagine the Great White Way, dark.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Anybody got any facts? Like, how much power do those lights consume?

Anybody got any appreciation for a truly beautiful scene? Downtown has never looked so good for the holidays. Whatever juice those lights use, it is well spent. City Hall, you got one right.

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