Action 120: “Turn the bloody light off!”

Light bulb and handDate: 30 April
Action: 120
Cost of taking action: £/$/€ NIL


This action is an oldie, but still very valid

For today’s action, number 120, we are revisiting a message we heard time and time again from our parents when we were little …

“Turn the bloody light off!”

I’m sure we all recognise this!

Of course, nowadays with LED bulbs increasingly in use, it is true that leaving the lights on is not as expensive as it used to be. Sometimes, then, we tend to forget that it all still adds up – both the money and the carbon emissions from the electricity we use.

What to do

There’s no rocket science here, just resolve, as a household, to only have lights on in rooms you are using, or that are in place for security.

Landing and hall lights are frequent culprits!

Kitchen lights often get left on all the time too, as we are walking in and out of the room carrying things, so don’t bother with the switch.

But it is worth making the effort to get back into the old fashioned habit of not lighting an empty room. It’s just burning money and fossil fuels for no reason.

Click click … turn it off

If you find it difficult to get back into that habit, there are devices available that sense when a room is empty and turn the lights out after a short period. This might be especially useful in rooms used by children (who tend to be the most forgetful); take a look at these just as examples



power station pollutingWhy is this important?

Millions and millions of lights are left on unnecessarily. Collectively, if we get into good habits, we will save a lot of electricity.

Reducing energy use is paramount if we are to get carbon emissions under control and have any chance of limiting global warming. Any reduction in energy demand, especially at peak times, reduces the need for our electricity companies to generate power using fossil fuels, thus limiting the emissions of CO2, methane, and other pollutants.

This action will:

  • reduce carbon emissions
  • reduce pollution from electricity generation
  • extend the life of your light bulbs
  • reduce your electricity bill
  • educate your family, especially children, about energy conservation

Take action

It’s an old fashioned good habit we’ve gotten out of, so let’s get back into it!