LIGHTS OUT CHAPEL HILL

What is Lights Out Chapel Hill?

Lights Out is a national program with more than 40 participating cities across the U.S. Chapel Hill is launching Lights Out in fall 2022. You can be one of the first to join in this effort! We are asking community members to turn off lights during bird migration seasons to help save birds, save energy, and save money. Simply turn off your lights after midnight during peak fall migration, Sept 1-Nov. 30, and peak spring migration, March 15-May 31.

Why should I participate?

During migration, billions of birds fly between wintering and breeding grounds. The majority of birds migrate at night, using the night sky to navigate. Artificial lights confuse their navigation and cause unnecessary collisions with buildings and loss of progress toward their destinations. Tens of thousands of birds die each migration period because of collisions and other urban dangers.

How do I participate?

You can help by turning off exterior lighting, spot and flood lights and interior lighting from now through November 30. If you cannot turn off interior lighting, please pull shades or curtains. Motion sensors are ok if they are pointed downward.

What are the benefits?

Turning off lights will minimize unnecessary bird collisions and help our birds reach their wintering and breeding grounds safely. You will also save on energy bills and support your community sustainability goals.

What kind of energy and cost savings will I receive?

Without a doubt, turning lights off will save energy, but the exact amount will vary based on the number and intensity of lights you have. One study in Washington D.C. showed that buildings could reduce their energy usage by up to 28% by dimming their night lighting.

How do I find out more?

Go to Audubon NC’s Lights out North Carolina webpage.

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