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German dial-a-street light

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This year several councils across Britain have set about saving energy and cutting carbon emissions by switching off the street lights at night. It has not been popular with local people. So what about a system that lets you switch them on when you want to by using your mobile phone? A village in Germany, Doerentrup, has tried it and they believe it will cut their bills by a quarter. Steve Rosenberg reports.

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