Halle/Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - In view of the development on the energy market, the cities of Halle and Magdeburg want to save electricity, water and gas. In the coming days, the effect lighting on the Red Tower, the Handel Monument and Giebichenstein Castle will be gradually switched off in Halle, as a spokesman announced on Tuesday. "In view of the consequences of the Russian attack on Ukraine, (...) the question of saving energy has gained considerable importance," explained Mayor Egbert Geier (SPD).
The city of Handel also wants to save energy in the administration: The hot water preparation is to be switched off in all public city buildings and the interior lighting is to be reduced. In addition, there is the partial conversion to LED lights and many other small measures that should contribute to lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In Magdeburg, a working group is to deal with further possibilities. However, the city sees almost all potential for energy savings being exhausted, since energy management was introduced in all schools, sports halls, administrative and cultural buildings as well as museums and fire brigades as early as 2005, as a spokesman explained. City lighting is equipped with dimming systems and often even with dimmable LED lights. Some time ago, Magdeburg also lowered the water temperatures by around one degree in almost all indoor swimming pools. The swimming pools are not heated during the summer closing times.