Light bulbs turned off by volunteers through March 22, 2024

Approximate tons of carbon dioxide equivalent saved through March 22, 2024

Approximate dollars of savings on energy bills through March 22, 2024

Not in use? Turn off the juice!

iSEE’s Illini Lights Out (ILO) program demonstrates the immense energy-saving impact of simply turning off the lights when you leave a classroom, lab, or study space. On a few Friday nights each month, volunteers gather to form mini lights-out brigades and tour campus buildings recording how many lights are left on (and shutting off as many as they can, of course). Volunteering takes about an hour and a half, and there are always snacks afterward! Thanks to a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC), ILO has multiple events you can take part in each semester!

2023-24 Dates!

FALL TOTALS: Thanks to our 816 volunteers at five events … we turned off 28,341 bulbs, saving as much as 48,889 kWh, $4,312, and averting as much as 34.4 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions!

Spring 2024 dates:

  • Jan. 26 — Thanks to the 68 volunteers who turned off 2,995 bulbs in 19 buildings, saving as much as 5,166 kWh and $455, and averting as much as 3.7 tons of GHG
  • Feb. 9 — Thanks to the 147 volunteers who turned off 3,868 bulbs in 33 buildings, saving as much as 6,672 kWh and $588, and averting as much as 4.7 tons of GHG
  • Feb. 23 — Thanks to the 156  volunteers who turned of 3,686 bulbs in 28 buildings, saving as much as 6,359 kWh and $561, and averting as much as 4.4 tons of GHG
  • March 22 — Thanks to the 158 semester-best volunteers who turned of 4,070 bulbs in 33 buildings, saving as much as 7,020 kWh and $619, and averting as much as 4.9 tons of GHG
  • April 19

2022-23 wrap-up

Thanks to the fantastic work of more than 1,450 student volunteers, who turned off 42,574 bulbs, saving as much as 73,000 kWh and $6,400, and averting 47 tons of GHG, at our 10 dates!

About ILO

Illini Lights Out began as a one-off event organized by iSEE’s Energy Conservation and Building Standards SWATeam in Spring 2016 — at which students managed to turn out 1,500 lights in just 40 minutes — and expanded to a monthly happening during 2016-17 with the support of a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC).

Read more about the 2016-17 Illini Lights Out efforts.

Interested in a Lights Out event at your University? Email us at iseeinterns@gmail.com for tips and tricks on how to get started.

 

Contact Us

Email: iseeinterns@gmail.com

Office phone: 217-333-4178

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