Street lights to face cuts to working hours
It seems nothing is safe from the wave of council cutbacks sweeping the nation as Pembrokeshire council has just announced that it is planning to start turning off 14 000 of its street lights in order to save money (and cut down on its carbon footprint).
The lights will be those in rural areas rather than in town centres or along main roads and they will only be turned off between midnight and 5:30 but this has done little to appease road safety campaigners.
The PowerPoint I have uploaded to go with this story gives GCSE students practice at calculating electricity costs. The council have calculated that they could save at least £200 000, the students have to work out if this is a reasonable estimate.
There is also scope to use this story in a lesson on the environmental reasons why we should all be aiming to save energy.
News story from the BBC