Pitch-dark streets, colder swimming pools and one mayor who does not intervene: this is what municipalities are doing against sky-high energy bills

Pitch-dark streets, colder swimming pools and one mayor who does not intervene: this is what municipalities are doing against sky-high energy bills
Pitch-dark streets, colder swimming pools and one mayor who does not intervene: this is what municipalities are doing against sky-high energy bills

A survey by our editors shows that many municipalities do not give up and try to find solutions for the rising energy price. Almost all municipalities that take measures to reduce their energy consumption agree that public lighting should be switched off or at least dimmed between certain hours. In Flemish Brabant haacht examined whether the streetlights can be extinguished between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. In Hoegaarden it shouldn’t be until midnight. In short-naked the light could be dimmed to 50 percent after 10 p.m.

In East Flemish Kluisbergen the lights will be turned off from November 1 between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. In Brakel the option to turn off the light between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is being considered. In deinze From 1 September, all public lighting in the outlying areas and non-connecting roads will be extinguished between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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In West Flanders, too, the lights go out in many cities. In Roeselare lighting is dimmed in new neighborhoods between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. In Rooster the public lighting goes out at night and the lighting of the municipal buildings is reduced. In poperinge and Zonnebeke the lighting is already switched off at night. Ostend is even considering limiting Christmas lighting, just like Kruibeke.

Another way to save is to provide as much LED lighting as possible. Several cities are replacing the current public lighting lamps with LED lamps. This is the case for, among others, Sint-Truiden, Lochristi, Roeselare, Zaventem, Huldenberg and Lo-Reninge.

It is also best to wear a thick sweater when visiting the town hall. Many municipal authorities turn the thermostat down a few degrees. This is the case in Machelen and Nieuwpoort, for example, where the temperature of buildings may not exceed 19 degrees. In Hoeilaart, the temperature is lowered by two degrees. Only the Middelkerke of mayor Jean-Marie Dedecker takes “no extra measures. We are not going to let anyone suffer.”

No decision has been made yet in Poperinge, Haacht and Kruibeke, but it is being examined whether the temperature can be a bit lower. In Waasmunster it has already been decided that the temperature in the two municipal schools must be at least one degree lower.

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In addition to colder town halls and schools, the water in swimming pools and showers will also be colder than we are used to. In Genk the temperature of the swimming pool water is reduced from 29 to 28.5 degrees and it is even checked whether there is still half a degree possible. For the showers, 36 degrees is chosen instead of 37 degrees. Also in Lebbeke the water temperature of the pool dropped by half a degree. “Perhaps we can cut it down by half a degree in the long run,” says mayor Jan Vanderstraeten (CD&V). In East Flemish Brakel the water is probably even set 2 degrees lower.

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In Antwerp Wuustwezel It is also being considered to lower the temperature of the showers in sports centers or even close them completely.

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