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The city is in such dire fiscal straights that, on April 17, Mayor Barry ordered D.C. government agencies to turn out the lights when nobody is home. For the first time, agencies must install energy-saving bulbs, turn off the lights at the end of each workday, and cease to burn outdoor lights during the day. Order No. 95-59 also advises innovations like turning off the heat if the outdoor temperature is above 65 degrees, shutting doors and windows when the AC is on, and pulling the shades down during warm days.