From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day (when the sun is at its peak) there is more than enough light to make electrical lighting unnecessary. There is enough light at your cubicle from the computer and there is enough light in your house, apartment or dorm room from the windows. Alternative energy options are costly and years away from being practical and available to the masses. The environment, however, won't wait as environmental crises are popping up around the globe. At the same time, electrical costs are spiking, forcing some companies to make cuts to other parts of their budget to keep pace. Now is the time to start conserving energy. Taking Lights Out, Green In's pledge makes financial and environmental sense!
Examine the lighting breakdown and determine what is the best option for you and your company or household and then take the pledge. Don't forget to sign up to receive daily e-mail alerts at 10:55 a.m. to remind you to turn off your lights.
Work/residence can be lit predominately by natural sunlight
- Turn off all lights from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Examples: Household, college dorm room, small office building, small private business and school classroom
Work/residence can be lit partially by natural sunlight
- Turn off all lights in areas with windows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Turn off hallway lights and some lights around the office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Examples: Medium office building, governmental building and large high-rise office building.
Work/residence could not be lit by natural sunlight
- Turn off hallway lights and some lights around the office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Examples: Basement offices and basement apartments
Work/residence could be lit by natural sunlight, but circumstances prevent participation
- Use compact-fluorescent light bulbs for lighting.
- Examples: Hospitals, nursing homes, airports, train stations, restaurants, retail shops