Lights out (Day 25)…

switchAn obvious one, yes, turning off all the lights whenever I leave the house. But I’ll admit, there have been times when I’ve been rushing out the door and left a few on by mistake. Sometimes, on really gloomy days, I’ve justified keeping one or two on for my cat or — and I know this is ridiculous — a vase of flowers that look like they need it. But no more of these excuses. All lights out, every single time I leave.

5 Responses to Lights out (Day 25)…

  1. Lori V. says:

    My kids still don’t get this totally, although they are better after their recent “lesson” I imposed. Their bathroom has one of those lightstrips into which eight(!!!) bulbs will fit. Every time they left those lights on when they left the bathroom for any length of time (long enough that I would discover it), I removed one bulb, until they had just one bulb left for a couple of days. Sadly, the non-offender (almost-16-year-old daughter) was the one that paid the highest price, so at that point I replaced all eight with CFLs.

  2. Shawn says:

    Lights left on make me bonkers. Always have, I imagine always will. I bet even if they someday used no power at all it would still bother me. Hrmm… maybe I’m just old and cranky.

    I googled it not long ago and “they” say that if the fluorescent light is going to be off for more than 15 minutes it is more efficient to turn it off. Presumably less than 10 minutes uses more energy in the off/on process than it would just staying on. See how I naturally rounded that down to 10 minutes =)

  3. Lori V. says:

    Ummm, Vanessa…. it’s Day 26… are you there? Are you too tired to go on greening? We’re all waiting for Day 26! 🙂 Pretty please?

  4. gmpicket says:

    Hmmm….what about replacing those lights with CFL’s or LED’s which use less energy?

  5. CiN says:

    Cats see better in the dark anyway. 🙂

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