METRO Goes Dark Tonight
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:33 PM
METRO is turning out the lights tonight at its headquarters at 1900 Main - and will keep its building as dark as possible for the next three nights.
It's all part of Lights Out Houston, an effort of government agencies and private businesses that are working together to reduce non-essential electricity. To fulfill its pledge, METRO is turning off all non-essential lights starting at 9 p.m. tonight and will continue that for the next three nights.
Lights Out Houston is committed to making Houston the Energy Conservation Capital and points out on its website that the downtown area has about 35 million square feet of office space. By eliminating just 50 percent of the lights routinely left on overnight and on weekends, 8.4 million KWH can be saved every year.
"That equals to almost $1 million annually. This is enough energy to power more than 600 Houston-area homes for a year," says Lights Out Houston.
Lights Out Houston says turning out the lights in downtown buildings is not just a publicity stunt. The pledge the participants have made include a commitment to reducing wasteful use of lighting electricity through policy changes.
You can join the effort by turning out all unnecessary lights at your office, home or where you may be, and then make an effort to change your lighting habits. Turn off lights when not using them. Encourage your boss to install occupancy sensors.
Today is Earth Day, and as you think about an "act of green" you can commit - in addition to turning off lights not needed, consider reducing your carbon footprint by riding METRO. Follow this quiz and see how big your footprint is. Then get yourself a METRO Q® Fare Card and try public transit at least once a week. #RideHoustonMETRO