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News - 12 March 2008
London during the 2007 lights out campaign

Council joins the Big Switch-off

Big energy savings are expected when Brighton & Hove City Council takes part in Southern FM radio’s ‘Lights Out Sussex’ on Saturday March 29.

Major council buildings, including the libraries, town halls and Brighton Centre will be among the hundreds of buildings plunged into darkness when the lights go out in the city.

The idea is that everyone in the city turns off as many non-essential lights and appliances as possible between 8 and 9pm.  The effect will be a huge reduction in greenhouse emissions across the city - saving energy, money and helping to combat climate change.

At a similar event last year, called the Big Switch Off, council staff switched off unused lights and office equipment and there was a 21% drop in weekend electricity use.

This meant financial savings of £848 and a drop in carbon emissions of 5.2 tonnes. The average UK citizen creates about 10 tonnes of carbon a year.  It is estimated that a similar effort every weekend would save the council £48,000 a year.

Convenor of the Council’s Sustainability Commission Councillor Denise Cobb said the move was part of plans to cut the authority’s carbon emissions by 4% a year: 

“As a council we’re keen to demonstrate a good example on climate change and that’s why we’re supporting Southern FM’s great initiative,” she said.

“We’re continually urging staff to switch off unused appliances every day, all year and hope this event serves as another reminder of the savings which can be made.”

Council buildings taking part in Lights Out Sussex include Jubilee Library, Hove Library, Brighton, Hove and Portslade Town Halls, Bartholomew House, Priory House and the Brighton Centre.

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