2016 Lights Out Houston & 60+ Earth Hour

March 17, 2016
12:15 AM CDT to 11:45 PM CDT
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Earth Hour + Lights Out Houston 2016
Going beyond the hour to make a commitment to energy efficiency

Thursday, March 17 - Sunday, March 20
Earth Hour spotlight: Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 PM

The Energy Capital of the World will continue its sustained commitment to become the Energy Conservation Capital by turning off non-essential lights Thursday, March 17 at 10PM – Sunday March 20 with a special Earth Hour spotlight on March 19 at 8:30-9:30 PM.

Lights Out Houston

This year, Lights Out Houston, a voluntary, Houston-wide commitment to energy efficiency by commercial building owners and their tenants since 2008 is joining Earth Hour, a world-wide movement that started as a lights-off event in 2007. Make flipping the switch your first step in your journey towards energy efficiency.

What:   The goal is to establish a sustained reduction in the use of non-essential electricity in buildings by encouraging individuals, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and commit to reducing energy consumption.
When: Thursday, March 17 - Sunday, March 20 | Earth Hour spotlight: Saturday, March 19 at 8:30-9:30 PM
Where: The Greater Houston Area
Who: All buildings
How: Building owners, managers, operators, tenants and home owners pledge to implement energy efficiency measures and operating procedures that will lead to a sustainable reduction in energy consumption.
Why: The goal is to establish a sustained reduction in the use of non-essential electricity in commercial buildings. We are committed to making Houston THE Energy Conservation Capital

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Here are a few helpful tips for preparing for the Lights Out + Earth Hour weekend. These are only suggestions and each facility needs to take into consideration individual security concerns. Security is paramount to turning off unnecessary lights.

  1. Start preparing today. It will take time to coordinate getting all of the lights turned off and communicating with your tenants, security, housekeeping and engineering.
  2. Facility management, engineering, security and housekeeping should start providing you reports on a nightly basis on the percentage of lights left on and which floors.
  3. Train your security, housekeeping and engineering teams to help you turn off lights in occupied offices.
  4. Send a note to your tenants about Lights Out Houston+Earth Hour and ask for their assistance in turning off lights when they leave at night.
  5. Send a note to your tenants that your team will be turning off lights in unoccupied offices after hours.
  6. Offices that are still occupied are not being asked to turn off their lights. Those tenants should consider how many lights are on while they work.
  7. Historical, landscape and decorative lighting should be turned off for the event (unless part of security lighting).
  8. Check lighting control system settings.
  9. Security lighting should remain on.
  10. Tell your friends and family to turn off unnecessary lights at work and at home.

Lights Out Houston
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