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2012-05-01 at 9:00 AM

LETTER: Turn the meters off at night

By Jonah Johnson
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To the editor:

I was standing out on my porch on Sunday afternoon. Something caught my attention. The streets were quiet and no one was around the downtown area. Yet each and every one of the parking meters was blinking and not making money.

I thought to myself what a waste of energy and who is paying for all the meters in this city while they are not being used and not making money? Is there any way of turning off all that power during the night and on weekends? It seems like a total waste to me, and the city says it is going green? I think they should take a look at this waste.

Jonah Johnson,
Thunder Bay

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tsb says:
Aren't parking meters battery powered?
5/1/2012 6:51:22 PM
get_the_chip_off_your_shoulder says:

Parking meters are powered by batteries and in some cities they use solar cells to recharge on their own. I am not sure if thunder bay has any solar ones. I don't recall seeing them in thunder bay. So this is a non issues since it is batteries and no way to turn them off and on like you suggested. If you still have a problem with this maybe then you should turn off your dozen or so solar lights in your garden :-) Just kidding.
5/2/2012 11:33:13 PM
Steven says:
A couple of problems:

1) That tiny LED uses minuscule amounts of energy.

2) The cost of creating a system to automatically turn off the lights on those meters would use more energy than those minuscule little lights. Also, it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to buy, tens of thousands to install, and tens of thousands to upkeep.

3) If it is as simple as flipping a switch, you still have to pay someone to do so every day at the right times.

Your letter is bang on true, if you don't consider reality.
5/3/2012 9:25:03 AM
circular_logic says:

They are actually Liquid Crystal Displays not Light Emitting Diodes. Research before posting...
5/5/2012 2:00:01 AM
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