Germany considering switching off traffic lights due to energy crisis

Germany considering switching off traffic lights due to energy crisis. Image: Victor Grow/

Augsburg a southern town in Germany has such concern regarding the energy crisis that they are considering switching off their traffic lights to conserve energy.

The Mayor of Augsburg, Eva Weber, has said “the situation is serious.” according to Bayern on Wednesday, July 6.

Over the last few days in Augsburg, they have been calculating feverishly and the result was shocking.

According to the current status, the annual costs for electricity, natural gas, district heating and other energy services would rise from about €15.9M to about €28.3M for the current year.

In response to this, the Mayor said: “This corresponds to an increase of almost 80 per cent!” 

“A crisis team for energy supply has been set up under the leadership of the economic advisor.”

Now, apparently, savings are to be made where savings can be made.

Eva Webber confirmed that: “This will also secure jobs.”

Eva also confirmed that in an attempt to reduce energy consumption, the façade lighting on historical buildings and the municipal museums will be switched off.

Fountains will be switched off completely, except for the three magnificent fountains of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The magic of lights in the Botanical Garden will be cancelled.

Street lighting will be dimmed, and even the switching off of traffic lights will be considered.

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