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 What's Involved?

A project like this needs volunteers to function. You can sign up to volunteer as often as you would like.  Each volunteer is assigned a partner to turn off lights with (you can also choose to volunteer with a friend).  Each pair is assigned two buildings for one night.  Volunteers are provided with instructions and maps of their buildings to indicate where light switches can be found. It only takes about 20 minutes to cover an entire building, and typical savings are about $10 per building per night.  Information on which lights were turned off is submitted to the Lights Off website either on your smartphone while volunteering, or on your computer afterwards.  We then calculate and inform you of your savings for the night.

Documentation for community service requirements can be provided.

To get yourself started, please read our instructions for volunteers or check out our how-to video.

If you have any other questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Viewing Your Savings

Each time you volunteer, we keep track of how many lights you have turned off, how much energy you have saved, and how much CO2 you have saved.  You can view these savings on your profile to quantitatively view your impact.  You can also view your lights-saver level, which is based on how many lights you have turned off.  The more you volunteer, the higher your level will be.  

Turned Off
Novice 0 - 200
Beginner 201 - 500
Apprentice 501 - 1,000
Professional 1,001 - 2,000
Accomplished   2,001 - 5,000
Expert 5,001 - 10,000 
Master 10,000 - ∞