Action Tips: Host a Lights Out Day at Your School


Your school can make a difference any day by having a "Lights Out" Day. Here are some simple things you can do to save energy in your school and classroom.

Lights and Computers

  • Turn-off lights and fans when no one's in the classroom, especially at recess and lunchtime.
  • Turn-off computers and monitors when they aren’t in use.
  • Unplug computers and other electronics that aren't in use. This helps stop energy vampires aka when you leave your charger plugged in and nothing is actually charging, but it STILL uses electricity.

Heating and Cooling

  • Keep the doors and windows closed in your classroom when the heating or air conditioning is running.
  • Ensure there's nothing blocking air conditioning or heating vents in your classroom.
  • Make sure the thermostat settings are not set too high or too low.


  • Turn off the taps and water fountains when you are finished.
  • Tell a teacher if there is a leaking tap in the toilets, classroom or playground.


  • Talk to your principal and teachers to incorporate energy conservation into the curriculum with the goal of developing student awareness about current environmental issues.