NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York may be the city that never sleeps, but its workers are not always in their offices.

City Councilman Donovan Richards is proposing a bill that would require some unoccupied commercial buildings to go dark, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

“The majority of emissions in New York City, 75 percent of them, come from buildings,” Richards said.

There would be exceptions. Iconic high-rises such as the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center would be excluded, as well as holiday displays.

“Christmas is a jolly time,” Richards said. “We don’t want to take away people’s lights during the Christmas season.”

Richards said Paris recently passed a similar law.

“They only have 25 percent of the buildings we have, and they’re saving $260 million a year,” the councilman said.

There are currently no restrictions on lighting in New York.

In World War II, however, the Army ordered a dimming of Manhattan to protect ships offshore.

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