Paris saves energy – level 3

20-09-2022 07:00

To save energy, Paris, France, will switch off the Eiffel Tower’s lights hours earlier than normal.

The Eiffel Tower is among the most visited monuments in the world, and it’s currently illuminated until 1 AM with an elaborate lighting system to give it a golden glow. In addition, the monument twinkles for five minutes on the hour from nightfall, thanks to 20,000 flashing bulbs. The Paris city hall is going to propose that the tower fall dark at 11:45 PM when the final visitors leave, so it’ll no longer twinkle at midnight.

The current energy crisis is the reason for the change, and it’s an example for the reduction of city illumination. The monument’s night-time lights accounts for 4% of the its total annual energy use.  The city hall is also going to lower the water temperature in municipal pools and delay heat to public buildings to save energy this winter.

Difficult words: elaborate (detailed and carefully arranged), twinkle (to shine repeatedly strongly and then weakly), municipal (the government of a city or town).

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