Turn Stuff Off

The simple act of turning the lights and electronics off when not in use really pays off.  Learn when to turn off your lights and electronics for maximum benefit.

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The Action
We will turn lights and electronics off when not in use.
Is this action for me?
Yes!  Anyone can do this action.
When and Who?
This action can be done any time and by anyone.
How long will it take?
Quick - just a few seconds to turn stuff off.
What is the cost?
There is no cost for this action.


  • Save energy and money

  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution



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The Basics

It's easy, it's free and it saves you money. How can you beat that? Just turn off most electronics and lights whenever they are not in use. Learn about when and how to power down to save!


Turn off all lights immediately when not in use, except CFLs
Turn off CFLs when not used for more than 15 minutes
Turn off computers when not in use for more than 2 hours
Turn off computer monitors when not in use for more than 20 minutes
Turn off the TV and other entertainment devices when not in use
Post a Note to help remember

Turn Off Your Lights

In general you want to turn off the lights when you leave the room.  This holds true for all lights except CFLs.  For CFLs (compact fluorescent lights), they use a surge of energy when they are turned on.  It is recommended that CFLs are only turned off when they are not needed for more than 15 minutes.

Turn Off Your Electronics

Computers:  As a rule of thumb, computers should be turned off when not in use for more than two hours. Many undergo an energy-intensive process when they are first powered on, so powering down too frequently can actually increase their energy use.  By using “sleep mode” and other power saving settings on your computer instead of powering down, you can save as much as $30 on your annual energy bills.

Monitors:  Monitors should be turned off completely when not needed for 20 minutes or more. Screen savers do not save energy, and monitors use energy even when in “sleep mode.” Turning down the brightness of your monitor will also save energy.  Printers, scanners, game consoles and other auxiliary devices should also be turned off whenever they are not in use.

Entertainment Centers:  Many televisions and entertainment devices use power in “standby mode” as they await your remote control even when they appear to be “off.” Connecting them to a programmable power strip when you are not using them can save significant energy.

Post a Note to Remember

Good habits save energy. For example, switching off lights when leaving a room and electronics when not in use can become an automatic reflex if you make it a regular practice.  Post a note near the light switch or on your computer to remind you!  Also, share the tips with others in your household.

Go High Tech with your lighting

Go high tech and install smart lighting controls.  Lights with motion sensors and new lighting systems that allow you to control lights with a smart phone are great ways to make it even easier to turn off your lights.