I had to run out and do some errands late last night and I was amazed that every single office building I drove by had at least 70% of their lights on at 10pm. Why is that? And on top of that, people had even left their monitors on as well, using even more power when no one needs it. Granted, I will give some excuse to a few of them as it is indeed possible that the janitors were inside cleaning up. But I guarantee that even if I had gone back out at 3am most of the lights would still be on. Is there a reason why businesses don’t tell the last employee out to hit the lights?
In the United States alone, businesses lose $5-10 Billion dollars per year on lighting their buildings at night. And for what? So I can look inside and see the diploma from Harvard on the wall? Add the environmental cost of the energy used all night and it all adds up.
So do us all a favor…if you work in an office building, try and turn off your lights in your office or cubicle before you head out for the night. Turn off the monitor and at the bare minimum put your computer to sleep as well. Maybe you can start a trend and get other people to do the same. Personally I kind of think it should be a law or something that businesses must turn their lights off at night unless they can show a good reason not to..like they are a bank or something. But I seriously doubt that the hundreds of companies in the building down the street need anything to be lit up for 12 hours at night.
Really…does anyone know why companies leave the lights on? I heard the rumor that it was so airplanes don’t hit the buildings, but if that is the case, why not just leave the lights at the top on? And why bother having the red blinking antenna on the roof?
Sorry, had to vent. Hope you don’t mind, it’s been bugging me….