It’s sometimes hard to believe that the high energy and bright lights of Vegas are in the middle of the desert. What once was barren land is now full of life. At what price does that come though? How much power is required?
The brightly lit displays and slot machines at the likes of the MGM certainly contribute. In fact casinos in Vegas use 20% of the energy consumption of Las Vegas. The Luxor Beam alone (an impressive visual spectacle made of 39 individual 7,000 watt bulbs – although they aren’t all used now) costs around half a million dollars a year to power. The fountains at the Bellagio cost a rumoured $5,000,000 a year to power.