Help the university save energy by turning off lights and electronic devices around your office, lab, or building when you leave for the day on Friday, October 24, and earn fun stuff! The goal of Longhorn Lights Out (LLO) is to turn off as many lights, appliances, and electronics as allowed so that we can capture the savings over the course of a weekend.
This month's LLO event coincides with Campus Lights Out, a collaboration among The University of Texas at Austin and other higher education institutions to measure and aggregate energy saving results. The university is joining Kansas, Penn State, Bowling Green, and Toledo in this effort on October 24.
In addition, to mark Longhorn Lights Out and the Campus Lights Out collaboration, the Tower will not be lit the night of October 24, except for safety lighting.
During the September LLO event, staff, faculty, and students turned off more than 6,700 lights, over 320 computers, nearly 400 computer monitors, and more than 100 additional electronic devices. The energy savings equated to 8,138 kWh--seven months of energy use in a Texas home. (See the attached infographic for details of the September 2014 challenge.)
Let's make those numbers grow even more in October! Here's how you can participate:
STEP 1: Sign up for our mailing list here. We will send you an email reminder on the day of the event.
STEP 2: On the day of Longhorn Lights Out, Friday, October 24, turn off as many lights and electronic devices as you can.
STEP 3: Log what you turned off here. Fifty people who submit logs will be randomly selected to receive a cool Longhorn Lights Out t-shirt. One lucky person will be randomly selected to win a Texas longhorn stadium chair. (T-shirts are limited to one per staff/faculty member. Winning the Longhorn stadium chair is open to all faculty and staff.)
Also, did you know there's a sustainability app for UT Austin that you can get for your mobile device? It's called UTconserve. If you have any questions about Longhorn Lights Out or the sustainability app, contact the Energy Stewards.
Have a question? Email an Energy Steward!