Lights Out

You have the power - don’t waste it! Help save energy by turning lights off when not in use.

What is the Lights Out Challenge?

The Lights Out Challenge is a fun competition to engage UBC staff, faculty and students to save energy by turning lights off when not in use.

UBC launched the Challenge in June 2017 in select buildings with manual lighting controls. Participating buildings for the pilot included David Lam, Geography, Anthropology and Sociology, and the School of Population and Public Health. Congratulations to Anthropology and Sociology who were awarded the Challenge Cup and David Lam who were awarded the Participation Prize Draw.


How can I get the Challenge prompts to put up in my building?

Buildings who are participating in the pilot will receive a ‘Lights Out Challenge Toolkit’ with new reminder stickers, prompts, and campaign posters. If you would like additional stickers or prompts, please contact

How do I complete the Lights Out Checklist?

Form team(s) within your building or department to distribute the Challenge materials and complete the Lights Out Checklist. Engage your colleagues to help save energy and to be entered into the draw to win prizes! See our Tips Guide in the Challenge Checklist for help on where to put up prompts.

What lights can be turned off and when?

Turn off lights when not in use and at the end of the day. Use natural light whenever possible to reduce energy use. Lights that should be turned off when not in use include lights in offices, meeting rooms, common spaces, classrooms, personal desk lamps etc.

What about safety and security?

Security and perimeter lighting in buildings is in place to ensure safety and is not targeted by this campaign.

How are energy savings being measured during the Challenge?

Lighting use is being measured throughout the Challenge and will be compared to baseline measurements prior to the Challenge to determine energy savings.

How much energy is saved by turning off the lights?

Simple actions like turning off lights save thousands of dollars on campus each year. Turning off just one fluorescent tube light for an extra 8 hours a day (ie at night) can save up to 88 kWh of electricity per year. If a whole building turned off 50 lights, this would save up to 4,400 kWh of electricity per year, equivalent to $300 in cost savings.

Who is organizing the Lights Out Campaign?

The Lights Out Campaign is organized by UBC Campus + Community Planning, with support from Energy & Water Services and UBC Building Operations.

How is this campaign connected to the LED lighting retrofit project?

UBC Energy and Water Services and Building Operations are installing more efficient LED lights in select buildings across campus. The Lights Out behaviour change and education campaign complement the lighting upgrades to save additional energy. To learn more about the LED retrofit (relamping) program, click here.

What other actions can I do to save energy?

To learn more about what you can do to save energy, click here.

Where can I learn more about UBC’s climate and energy conservation initiatives?

To learn more, visit our Climate Action Plan and Energy & Water Services websites.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have additional questions, please contact