23 March 2012
All the lights are on, 24 hours a day, in every single room facing the street in the new houses built by developers St George plc at the foot of Camberwell Grove.
I’ve been variously told that the lights are left on as a sales tactic – to draw attention to the splendid rooms – and that it is to discourage crime. Whether these reasons make sense to you or not, you might say that it is up to St George: it’s the company’s money to waste, even if the costs are eventually passed on to house-buyers.
But the truth is – we’re all paying. We all breathe in pollutants produced by generating electricity. We all pay for new power stations to be built because, we’re told, demand just keeps going up. And eventually, we will all have to pay the costs of not reducing the amount of carbon that the UK puts into the atmosphere – whether we pay in EU fines or flooded towns, or both.
A representative from St George told me that all the light bulbs in the development are low energy. Really? Great! Why not advertise that fact instead of advertising your disregard for the environment by leaving all the lights on, all night, in empty houses?
Eleanor Margolies, by email.
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