Sometimes I post things here because I think they're interesting concepts -- maybe worthy of discussion -- even if I don't agree with them.
This may be one of those cases.
Apparently several small towns in Germany taking measures to save on energy bills in the city by turning out the city's street lights after 9:00 at night. The lights remain off until morning -- however, residents can turn on the lights with a simple cell phone call that instantly turns all the lights on in a particular grid section that they are in.
I'm not sure how practical this would be -- but it is interesting. I have no idea how much money Kansas City spends on electric bills -- and whether the savings would be enough to put in even more lights so that when they're on, things are brighter. But it was interesting -- and I thought it was worth sharing. As electicity becomes more expensive, it will become increasingly important for cities to look for solutions that can cut costs -- yet still keep residents safe.