Introduce a policy on switching off lights

Overview

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.

  1. Each class will have a lighting monitor who will monitor the lighting in their classroom.
  2. The Eco Team will do spot checks throughout the term.
  3. The Eco Team will report to the Headteacher about areas where lights are being left on.
  4. The policy will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Headteacher and the Site Manager.

In order to increase the amount of natural light in classrooms.
  • Ensure that windows are clear of displays, posters and furniture to allow the maximum amount of natural light.
  • Nominate a pupil per classroom to act as the lighting monitor.
  • Working with the teacher, the lighting monitor should ensure the best use of blinds. For example, vertical blinds can be altered to direct sunlight away from computer screens and whiteboards whilst still allowing diffuse daylight to enter the room. Try to avoid situations where blinds are closed and lights are on.

In order to reduce lights being switched on unnecessarily. 
  • Task the lighting monitors to keep an eye on the level of daylight throughout the school day; if there is an adequate amount of daylight to work comfortably, the lighting monitor should switch off the lights.

In order to ensure that lights are not being left on when not in use
  • Make sure the lighting monitor switches the classroom lights off when the class leaves the room
  • Allow lighting monitors to switch off lights in rooms around the school that are not being used, e.g. resource rooms, libraries, breakout spaces.