Posted on October 15, 2008 @ 07:48:00 AM by Paul Meagher
I came across a tip for conserving energy that has stuck with me. Unfortunately, the source of that tip so far has not :-) The gist of the tip can be summarized as the "One light rule". The platonic ideal is that at any given time a person has an allowance of one light source. When he or she leaves a room they are to shut off the light source in the room they came from and turn on the light source in the room they are going to. This rule can cause momentary fumbling and banging as you try to find the light source in the next room. For many this will be a show stopper for the pure application of the rule; others might want to experiment and see if the inconvenience is something they can get used to and develop adaptation strategies for. Perhaps you might need to loosen the rule; however, in becoming more complex it might be harder to ingrain as a habit. The habit would be useful to have for off-grid living and low-carbon living.
I spend quite a bit of my time shutting off lights around the house that no one is using at the moment. The "one light rule" might be a convenient way to express a conservation ideal to my kids with respect to the use of lighting?