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Street lights go dark - Colorado Springs
Annual savings: $1.2 million

Cities around the nation are going green and are using the tactics to get their budgets out of the red. Colorado Springs, which is $25 million short on its 2010 budget, has deactivated the city's least efficient street lights to save $1.2 million during the year.

The city targeted lights that used high-wattage vapor bulbs and ones in areas with bright ambient lighting, which added up to more than a third of Colorado Springs' 24,500 street lights.

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Last updated March 11 2010: 1:59 PM ET
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