Lights Out Lunch!

Lights Out Lunch is a simple concept - turn off the lights from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 to emphasize the importance of energy efficiency*. Anyone can participate - whether you're at home, dining out or at your workplace. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, take a small step toward conserving energy by shutting off the lights for one hour. People may join the movement at

Partnering with the Governor's Energy Office, the City of Arvada, and the Colorado Restaurant Association, Xcel intends to help customers understand that small, easy actions, like turning off unnecessary lights and using compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, can have a great impact. CFL bulbs save about $50 each over their lifetime and pay for themselves in about six months. They use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The Lights Out Lunch program will build awareness of $1 CFLs and will encourage business and residential customers to use them in their homes and offices - taking a small step that has significant impact.

Restaurants are signing up through the Colorado Restaurant Association not only to turn off their lights on Dec. 11 but also to provide exclusive offers/discounts to Lights Out Lunch participants who have downloaded coupons from  Arvada restaurants that are participating will be listed at

Among other promotions, businesses and their employees that sign up to participate at will be entered into a random drawing to win a lunch with up to 25 people with the Denver Nuggets' Chauncey Billups or Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny. Twelve residential customers also will win lunch with Billups or Stastny.