Turning off lights

It is normal to see lights burning for hours in empty rooms in almost all government buildings. Some rooms have automatic systems for turning lights off but many do not.


In my view lights are left burning because:

  1. Staff are too unthinking to turn the lights off.
  2. Caretakers seem to turn lights on, in preparing the building each morning.
  3. Staff wish to make it seem the room is occupied when it is not.
  4. Contract cleaners wish to make it seem that they are in the building when they are not.

Why the contribution is important

  1. I don't know the amounts but the savings in electrical charges would clearly be enormous.
  2. There would be a savings in emissions from the generators.
  3. As well as automatic systems, the savings would be simple to implement by bringing some discipline to the way staff use government buildings.


I commend you for this initiative and I hope to see changes in the future.

by ericbaker on April 05, 2017 at 09:32AM

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  • Posted by hamertime April 05, 2017 at 15:28

    Seems like an easy win.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 16:49

    Good idea,managers should be overseeing this,but everyone is responsible.Where I work,after we close and put the alarm on any lights not switched off are automatically done as the security light comes on.In the age of computers,how hard I a that?
  • Posted by xt512 April 09, 2017 at 02:23

    Just fit sensors in each room or building they can be set to come on or off with time or motion or remotely
  • Posted by bluffy April 11, 2017 at 18:50

    This could go further for Govt office buildings - energy savings come from a all the activities that take place in the building - heating & cooling systems, insulation, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, automatic powerdown etc. Could rethink building opening hours and how the space is configured inside. Could also generate electricity towards running costs through solar panels and for any new build - passive solar gain, communal heating systems, using waste heat from industry etc.
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