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Sustainability Strategies: Lighting

  • (Office & Residential) Turn off your lights when you leave the room, even if it is only for a short period of time.
  • (Office & Residential) Reduce overhead lighting by using a desk or floor lamp (with an energy efficient bulb, of course!) whenever possible.
  • (Office & Residential) Unplug everything you can when it is not in use. Many appliances still pull a small amount of power, even when they are turned off. Over time, this can add up.
  • (Office & Residential) Make sure lights are turned off at night, including hallways.
  • (Office & Residential) Install motion sensors, in place of light switches, in areas where it is prudent.
  • (Office & Residential) Use natural sunlight and turn off unneeded lights where possible.
  • (Office & Residential) Switch all your incandescent bulbs with low-mercury compact fluorescent bulbs - they are 3-5 times more efficient and last 10 times as long.
  • (Residential) Turn hallway lights off during quiet hours. Each hallway in the residence halls have certain lights that stay on at all times. The rest can be turned off to signify that quiet hours is in effect, yet leave enough light to safely walk at night. Review which lights in your building should be turned off and add them to your duty log checklists.