A bright idea
The Parliamentary Palace in Bucharest is huge. It’s the largest building in Romania and has the second largest floor space in the world. Only the Pentagon in Washington DC is larger. Can you imagine lighting this place. For starters , it has about 3000 tons of crystal in chandeliers. As the tour progressed, I noticed that many of the chandeliers had energy-saving lightbulbs. So I had to ask—How many lightbulbs are there and how many use the energy savers?
Ana Maria, the lass who led our tour, wasn’t quite sure how many lightbulbs there were—she suggested millions and I believe her. It turns out that ALL the palace lightbulbs are energy-savers. Not long after the building opened in 1994, the electricity bill ran about million euros a month. Quick somebody—change the bulbs! According to Ana Maria, the savings have been incredible—the monthly bill is down to 180,000 euros.
I promise to write more—and add photos too—about Romania’s breathtaking Parliamentary Palace. It truly is an amazing and beautiful building. After the tour, Poor John took the time to tell the guide that the Romanian people should be very proud of this structure. Although pleased, she also seemed a bit taken aback. Perhaps because the dictator Ceaușescu originally commissioned the palace for personal use.
And don’t forget to pick a number before 29 February 2012.