Updated: Apr 7, 2021
Turning off non-essential lights can save significant amounts of electric power and reduce utility bills, extend the life of light bulbs, and decrease bulb replacement costs.
Ameliorate Wildlife Habitats
Studies have shown that artificial lights at night (ALAN) contribute to bird-building collisions and disrupt nocturnal animals’ mating and feeding behaviors. By adopting this certification, everyone can contribute to prevent bird window collisions and create a healthier environment for wildlife.
Reduce Carbon Emissions
Using less electricity also means less mining and logging activities, which will help reduce wildlife habitat destruction. By reducing energy consumption, participants help reduce carbon emissions and other unhealthy greenhouse gases stimulated by non-renewable energy. Further, it minimizes the risks of oil spills during drilling. This amplifies protection benefits to broader wildlife habitats.
Enhance Health and Quality of Life
Artificial lights not only limit the visibility of the night sky, they also disrupt our sleep/wake cycles. Exposure to artificial lights at night can harm human health, causing issues like obesity, depression, sleep disorders, and more. In addition, reduced energy consumption decreases the amount of fossil fuels being burned and thus reduces air pollution, which gives rise to notable health benefits to reduce respiratory-related problems and severe symptoms.