LightsOutHouston 2013 @ HCPL

lights out houston 2013In observance of the 6th Annual LightsOutHouston initiative, Harris County Commissioners Court has authorized Facilities and Property Management to lead a countywide effort, in conjunction with the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership and Central Houston Inc. to turn off all non-essential lights at the end of the day.

Turning out unnecessary lights when you leave a room is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment, conserve valuable resources and save money. Remember--unlike humans and other living things, furniture does not need light to survive. Your sofa, ottoman and coffee table, as well as your work station and file cabinets are not afraid of the dark.

Harris County Public Library encourages you to make turning off unnecessary lights a year-round habit. If a light is not needed for safety or some other necessity, turn it off!

Here are a few more tips for lowering electricity consumption:

  • Switch out your light bulbs to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs). They use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
  • Install motion sensors in your home. They turn on the lights when movement is detected and automatically turn them off when a room is not in use.
  • Turn your computer off at night. Even in sleep mode your computer is sucking energy.
  • If you haven't already, upgrade to a laptop. Your desktop and monitor draw at least 150 watts during regular use. A laptop takes a fraction of that, 15-20 watts.
  • Consider raising your thermostat by a couple degrees in the Summer. Does it really make sense to sleep with a down comforter in August in Houston, Texas?
  • Speaking of thermostats, install an automatic one in your home, and program it so that it turns off when you're at work and comes back on a half an hour before you get home. You will never know the difference until you look at your electric bill.
  • Visit HCPL and learn more about energy conservation.

For more information visit the Harris County Facilities & Property Management or