Become a green partner and

Lights Out! Wilmington
is a win-win-win proposition.
Financially, compliance with the program will appreciably reduce energy costs. Environmentally, adherence diminishes the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions. And biologically, there will be a significant reduction of migratory bird deaths.

Consider the math: According to information provided by Delmarva Power in 2011, most buildings use approximately 20% of their energy consumption for lighting. Let’s assume that a 20-story building uses 50kW for illumination purposes. By turning off the lights from 10 p.m. until dawn, it will save approximately $44 and 400kW/h each day. Over the 117 days that make up the two migration periods, the total energy conservation would result in savings of an estimated 46,800 kW/h of electricity, reducing energy costs by approximately $5,148.00 annually.

Using the national average of 1.297 lbs of C02 emitted by standard electrical sources, it is estimated that the reduction of carbon into the air would be approximately 518.8 lbs per day for each participating building. Assuming that 20 buildings participate in Lights Out! Wilmington, 1,213,992 lbs of carbon WILL NOT be released into the atmosphere and WILL NOT contribute to the greenhouse effect.

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago conducted a study at a single downtown high-rise in Chicago soon after the Windy City sponsored a Lights Out program. Research proved that the avian fatality rate dropped by a remarkable 80%. By extrapolating that information to include Wilmington, Delaware, it can be conservatively estimated that nearly 2,000 birds will be saved annually.

Through participation in Lights Out! Wilmington, companies will gain positive public-relations recognition as a good corporate citizen. In addition to being listed as a participant in the program, all buildings will be awarded a commemorative plaque.

Be a part of Lights Out! Wilmington.
Sign up your building, office or apartment and make a difference in the life of migratory birds and the environment.