Jump to content

Do you switch lights off when you leave a room?


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Gumnut82

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

Do you switch lights off when you leave a room?? As in, if you won't be back for a reasonable amount of time (eg. an hour)?

I got in a quasi argument with my colleagues today about the fact that I constantly find the lights/fans/wall-mounted AC left on when there is nobody in our small, 5-person staffroom. Their logic was that 'You don't know if somebody else might come in' so the lights should simply be left on all day for convenience. I was essentially laughed at for suggesting that the last person out at any time should switch things off, because we never know if/when somebody will be coming back in. (FTR, this is a room with plenty of natural light so it's not like you're fumbling in the dark for a switch, and it's not a public space or thoroughfare at all.)


So, what do you do? Do you switch off lights automatically when you're "done" in a room (ie. not just ducking out for 2min) or do you leave them on, because somebody else may go in at an unknown time in the future?





#2 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

Automatically switch off lights always. It drives me bananas when others don't do likewise.

#3 boatiebabe

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

At home I usually switch off all the lights after DH has walked in and left them all on.

He will have a shower and the kids too while I am cooking dinner and I go upstairs two hours later to find all the Tastic lights going on full, fans on etc. I can't imagine how much power that is sucking!

At work, the lights are on auto in staff room areas so they turn off when no one is there and then turn on if someone approaches.

In your work situation I would think I would turn lights off and on.

#4 Bluenomi

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

At home yes but not at work. I'm forever turning lights on at work because people seem to think dark stairwells are awesome. That said my office is in the basement so without lights it's blooming dark!

#5 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Im lights on .
If im going out and know ill be back late ill leave on lights. Hate navigating through toys in the dark. Spare room light stays on all night so I have some light if I get up.
General in and out of rooms I usually forget to turn them off

#6 Rolex

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

At work the only light that gets turned off is the bathroom.  Well the girls does, not sure about the guys.  Small company, only 3 of us girls working there, so it's not like someone is always using the bathroom.

At home, yes always.  Although we do leave one on when we're out in the evening.

#7 blackcat20

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

At home most lights are switched off when leaving a room (except maybe a small lamp in the kitchen or bedroom). At my old work we switched off the kitchen and bathroom lights when done, but where I am now it gets too dark inside so its safer to leave them on.

#8 Funwith3

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

There is a big difference between work and home. At home, lights and tv always get turned off when I leave the room. At work, with people constantly coming and going, the light to the kitchen, stairwell, reception area etc are left on all day. The last person to leave the office for the day goes and turns everything off.

#9 amabanana

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

YES!  It drives me crazy when DH walks around the house leaving a trail of lights behind him.

I am not currently working but my previous workplace had lights with movement sensors that would turn off if they didn't sense movement for a few minutes.  Was a bit annoying in meetings when the lights would suddenly turn off though!

#10 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

Home ones are automatic so I don't have to worry about it. At other people's houses I will turn them off and will in some rooms at work (meeting rooms), not others (tea room) and my office only when I am finished at the end of the day

#11 wesse

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

I do but I think DH assumes the lights magically go out when he leaves the room .... or he thinks a servant follows him around the house turning off the lights and picking up his clothes. rolleyes.gif

Edited by wesse, 10 December 2012 - 04:12 PM.


#12 qak

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

At home, yes (much to the annotance of DH who keeps asking me to leave a light on because he is going back in).

At work - no - we have a panel with 4 switches which does our whole floor, so if the boardroom light is out that means some desks are not lit too.  I do have a desk light which is on all day once I get in.  The bathrooms do have their own light switches but they stay on all day.

#13 feralangel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

We had sensor lights installed in our staff room and toilets for this reason.

And yes, I always switch off lights at home when not in use.

#14 Seeta girl

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

At home yes but at work no... I work in a small office with 4 other staff.

Edited by Seeta girl, 10 December 2012 - 04:17 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN a $500 Visa debit card

Are you a parent? Simply take our survey for your chance to win a $500 pre-paid VISA debit card.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.