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Green dot on light switch denoting switch off if not being used

Green cross code for light switches

Ledbury Primary School introduced a successful energy saving initiative a few years ago - a “green cross code” for light switches.

Colour-coded dots were placed on the light switches. Staff have taught the children, and adults, to follow the green cross code for lights:

  • Red – do not touch
  • Amber – only switch off if an adult tells you to
  • Green – switch off (if not being used)

Having the dots above the light switches has been effective and it makes us all think as to whether we need a light to be on in an under-used area. It has become a natural way for us to do things at Ledbury now.

Switch off if not in use colour dots