It looks like the French are deadest in doing their part to help save electricity, especially if this new law takes effect. A new French law that requires all non-residential buildings to turn off their lights at night is set to come in effect by July 1, a move that is said to save on energy costs and light pollution.
The law will cover all interior and window lighting displays, lights of which should be turned off one hour after the last employee leaves the building. Thus shop displays should be turned off by 1 a.m. and can be only lit by 7 a.m.
The law will exempt special occasions though such as Christmas and other special events. Regardless, the move should really bring down the energy consumption over there, something reportedly equivalent to about 750,000 households.