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It was 45 years ago this holiday season that Vienna went holiday-light-free to conserve energy.

According to town officials, in December 1973 the town government opted to install, but then not light, Christmas street decorations, while Town Council members asked residents and businesses to keep Christmas lighting to a minimum and decorate with non-lighted outdoor displays.

The requests came in response to the nation’s first major oil crisis, which had hit in October 1973 in part due to an Arab oil embargo in the wake of the Yom Kippur war.

Vienna officials took other steps to conserve energy, including lowering the winter temperature at Town Hall to 68 and purchasing compact cars, town officials said in the December 2018 issue of the Vienna Voice newsletter.

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