Introduce a policy on switching off lights, computers, and other information technology equipment

30 Whole-school activities KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Lighting Switch-Off

Many schools have the benefit of large windows enabling adequate natural daylight to enter rooms. Despite this, lights are often left on when not required and window space may be obstructed with posters and displays of pupils’ work, which reduces the amount of daylight. The steps below will help you to make best use of natural daylight, reducing your reliance on artificial lighting. Use these suggestions to help write  a school policy on switching off lights.

You can download our example policy about switching off lights here.

Information Technology Equipment Switch-Off

Did you know?
A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost around £45 a year. Switching them off out of hours and enabling standby features could reduce this to less than £10 a year each and prolong the lifespan of equipment. You could save enough energy to make 30 teachers 6 cups of coffee every day. 

Many people assume electrical products are off when they are on standby, yet in this mode they continue to consume power. Be especially wary of equipment that has a remote control – this is a telltale sign that the equipment is likely to be left on standby while waiting for the ‘on’ signal from the remote. A red or green LED light is another sign. 

You can download our example policy about switching off computers and IT equipment here.


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