Saving costs and reducing light smog in the city are the two main reasons for reducing the illumination of monuments. About 140 buildings, such as the Rudolfinum or the Petrin Lookout Tower, shorten the time for which the festive lighting will work.
Limiting the lighting of monuments is one of Prague’s reactions to rising electricity prices. The details were prepared for broadcast by Adam Bejšovec
Now the lighting works until one o’clock in the morning, but it will not turn off completely. “We will switch off at 11 pm, in winter only until 10 pm and in those very late winter months we will see what the situation will be like, maybe it will get shorter,” says property councilor Jan Chabr from the United States for Prague.
The restriction does not apply to Prague Castle, which handles the lighting itself. Other monuments are in charge of the city company Technologie of the Capital City of Prague.
According to her, shortening the festive lighting time should save about two million crowns a year. The municipality expects to spend twice as much as 300 crowns next year on electricity alone for lighting.
The savings from the festive lighting is therefore only a fraction of the cost. What other measures are planned? Listen to information from reporter Adam Bejšovec.
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