Lights Out! is a friendly competition at the University of Kansas that pits faculty and staff in selected buildings against one another in an effort to see who could save the most energy by adopting conservation behaviors. Building occupants undergo training prior to the start of the competition and are supplied several different resources to help them throughout, including an extensive list of energy saving tips, free 13-watt compact fluorescent lamps, and access to an Energy Conservation Specialist for consultations. Results are measured and distributed weekly via email and on the KU website so that participants know where they stand throughout the competition. Savings are measured by comparing the current year utility use to the prior year usage during the same time, with weather normalizing adjustments. Both electric and gas usage are used to track the results.
In addition to a full discussion on the program and the results, attendees will receive: ideas on how to engage participation from faculty, staff and students; options for measuring results and potential pitfalls; an understanding of what incentives worked best; ways to promote and publicize results; and a comprehensive list of the many lessons learned from this initial effort.