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Energy sobriety: the Eiffel Tower will also suffer

All efforts are good to reduce your electricity bill. The mayor of Paris is due to announce a reduction in Eiffel Tower nighttime lighting by just over an hour as part of his energy sobriety plan to be unveiled on Tuesday, Anne Hidalgo’s entourage said Saturday, confirming information from JDD. Currently illuminated until 1am, the Eiffel Tower, which is one of the most visited monuments in the world, will now be turned off at 11:45pm, the last visitor’s departure time. The twinkling of the Eiffel Tower occurs every evening at nightfall, at the beginning of each hour, for five minutes.

On Thursday evening, this animation was canceled in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died the same day, and the tower went out at midnight instead of 1 a.m. Night lighting accounts for 4% of the monument’s annual consumption, the Société d’exploitation de la tour Eiffel (SETE) has confirmed. “This is a highly symbolic gesture to participate in raising awareness of the energy sobriety we need to demonstrate,” Jean said. – François Martins, President of SETE, in an interview with AFP, emphasized that this was part of the “role” of this world-famous monument. La Dame de Fer, a 133-year-old masterpiece by engineer Gustave Eiffel, returned to pre-coronavirus levels in early 2022, with more than 20,000 visitors a day.

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